Suicide-Risk Assessment and Management is a 2-day course from the Association for Psychological Therapies (APT), a leading provider of accredited courses for professionals working in mental health and related areas.
It is the only Suicide-Risk Assessment and Management training that is APT-accredited and also gives you access to APT’s relevant downloadable resources for use post-course. The course is available for teams and individuals and can be attended face-to-face or online.
Suicide is a terrible phenomenon with thousands of people taking their own lives in Canada and worldwide, every year, and we don't respond to it especially well: around 50% of people who end their own lives have seen their doctors in the previous week and about 90% in the previous year. To intervene better, we need to be able to spot those who are at risk, to manage the risk (do our best to ensure it doesn't happen), and intervene to help people build a rewarding life long-term.
This 2-day course focuses on the first two of those three factors, and is based on APT's acclaimed DICES® programme for risk assessment and management. It focuses purely on the risk of suicide, covering
1. Risk Assessment
2. Risk Management
3. How to verify and demonstrate you have assessed and managed risk
and does so in a client-focused way, designed to help the client from the very first moment of contact.
Equally, many professionals become anxious about seeing patients who are suicidal, so this course aims also to help us become relaxed and optimistic about seeing suicidal people, because we will know what to do: we will notice them, we will be able to manage their suicidality, we will be able to give them hope for the future.
All professionals who sometimes see people who are at risk of suicide, whether in residential facilities, outpatient facilities or in the community.
Note: the age of the people you see is immaterial, it is a fallacy that it is 'mainly young men' who take their own lives. Suicide is one of the top causes of death in young men because other illnesses are less prevalent at that age. Suicide itself however continues through the years.
Equally on gender, although some people make the point that three times as many men than women end their own lives in Canada, it is still the case that 1,136 women do so every year, a substantial figure.
You will be registered as having attended the course, thereby gaining APT's Level 1 accreditation, and receive a certificate to this effect. The accreditation gives you access to online resources associated with the course and access to the online exam if you wish to uprate your APT accreditation to Level 2.
Your registration lasts indefinitely, and your accreditation lasts for 3 years and is renewable by sitting an online refresher which also upgrades your accreditation to APT Level 2 if you are successful in the associated online exam.
Your accreditation is given value by the fact of over 125,000 people having attended APT training. See APT accreditation for full details.
Booking this training is easy...
For teams and organisations:
We bring the course and tutor to you, for an all-inclusive fee.
Price: $7,575 (plus tutor travel and accommodation expenses) for a group of up to 15 people. Extra delegates: $450 per person.
Option 2: Online Live and Exclusive course:
Live and interactive online course, delivered via Zoom or Teams* exclusively for your team or organisation.
Price: $5,050* for a group of up to 15 people (price includes a workbook for every delegate, posted to one address). Extra delegates $300 per person.
*We standardly deliver courses via Zoom (which is recommended). If you would prefer to use Microsoft Teams, there is an additional charge of $160 CAD per day.
Option 3: 'Train the Trainer':
If you or a colleague are a senior professional (e.g. consultant psychologist) and have a talent for communication and teaching, then you are welcome to apply to become an APT-accredited tutor. You could then tutor the course - or your chosen modules from it - in your own organisation, under license.
This is not only a highly appropriate use of senior professionals, but it also saves your organisation the tutor-component of the fee each time you run it or your chosen modules (50% of the 'Online Live and Exclusive' fee, regardless of whether the course is held face-to-face or online).
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We continuously monitor the quality of our training by obtaining feedback on the two key scales of relevance and presentation from every course delegate. Below are the average ratings for the last three runnings of this course, which are updated periodically.
*This online live ratings are taken from the last four runnings of the course in this format.
APT prides itself on the feedback we receive about our courses. Below are just some of the great comments our suicide prevention courses have received.
"I have found this course one of the most interesting, thought provoking and inspiring courses I have been on and will definitely take my new knowledge forward in my practice."
"At my level, communication and interpersonal skills training in such a topic is an excellent opportunity to help develop my skills to motivate and train my team. I am sure this course will be beneficial to our unit and the client group."