Suicide risk assessment and intervention can be a difficult area for psychologists and counsellors. Many of us don’t have a practical framework for working with clients experiencing suicidality and we can become stressed by having to carry the load alone. Often our training in this area is minimal or based on strategies more suited to a team based workplace where suicidal clients are managed in partnership. 

This workshop will be experiential and practical, and participants can expect to come out with the basic skills to assess client risk, intervene appropriately and refer effectively.

  • How to identify suicide risk – signs and symptoms
  • How and when to ask questions about suicide
  • How to assess the level of suicide risk
  • Suicide intervention strategies based on current research
  • Duty of care with suicidal clients
  • Referral options for acutely and chronically suicidal

This workshop is relevant to ongoing and continuing professional development for counsellors and psychologists may meet the CPD requirements for approximately 6 active CPD points.

Learning Objectives

  • Referral
  • Mental Status Examination
  • Assessment of presenting problem
  • Case conceptualisation
  • Differential diagnosis (application of DSM5 criteria)

Course Schedule

Time: 9.00am - 4.00pm 

Upcoming Course Dates:2022 course dates will be released soon. To be notified for when enrolments are open, please submit your interest here


Standard Price: $220
External Students or Cairnmillar Alumni: $150
Cairnmillar Student: $100

Our programs attract a 10% concession for health care card holders, pensioners, full‐time students and people receiving benefits. Those applying for concessions must provide a copy (photo evidence is accepted) of their student card, social security card, or health care card together with their application, via email to [email protected].


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Further Information

Cairnmillar can offer this or other tailored courses for your organisation’s needs. If you have a group of 10 or more participants, we can come to you. For further information, email the Professional Development Team at [email protected]