This workshop addresses the unique challenges youth experience when they are exposed to a peer's suicide. The workshop is designed to support front line workers as they respond to the impact of youth suicide. We will address foundational concepts such as: contributing factors to contagion, supportive structured postvention activities, acute and temporary stress responses, and appropriate interventions. The value of a coordinated community response will also be highlighted.
Registration fee: $85.00
Sign-in opens at 9:00am, training will begin at 9:30
Lunch & refreshments are included in the registration fee.
This workshop is ideal for:
This workshop is designed for health professionals, including psychologists, psychotherapists, social workers, psychiatrists, school counsellors, student wellbeing officers, doctors, nurses, OTs, youth workers, and outreach workers.
By the end of the workshop, participants will understand;
the concept of contagion for those exposed to suicide;
pathways that increase the risk of suicide contagion;
become familiar with strategies to minimize and manage contagion;
proximity and how it influences suicidal thoughts and behaviours;
the value and purpose of an intentional/coordinated postvention response;
and review sample postvention protocols;
risk level (assessment) in a postvention context;
level of intervention required in a postvention context;
warning signs of suicide and high-risk factors through case conceptualization
and differentiate between stress reactions, crisis reactions and grief responses;
stages postvention response: immediate response, first 24 hours, first week, first month, longer term;
a framework for supporting Individuals (students), families, staff, and community;
current sample internal postvention policies and practices;
best practice for media education and communication;
HEATHER FREDIN, RP