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A two-day workshop with Dr Lorraine Bell supported by Dr Fiona Kennedy

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Working with people with suicidal thoughts and behaviours is highly stressful and difficult for mental health professionals. This course will enable you to deliver the best possible interventions in this high-stakes context. Learn how to assess suicide risk. Manage suicidal behaviours by designing and delivering the best interventions to reduce risk. Be the first to benefit from the cutting-edge information and skills from Dr Bell’s book – out in March 2021. Limited numbers mean you will experience a highly engaging interactive “in the room” training. Even watching later you will be able to get involved in the exercises and learning activities.

Who will benefit from this course?

This workshop is for mental health practitioners and therapists who work with people at risk of suicide, including psychological therapists, nursing and medical staff, OTs, social workers, and psychiatrists 

Course Content

Day 1

Outlines the context of suicide and suicide prevention in the UK – myths; terminology; statistics and UK policy, as well as the relationships between suicide, mental health and self harm. Describes risk and protective factors and how to carry out a good risk assessment. Introduces the aims and principles of suicide-focused interventions, safety planning and reducing access to lethal means.

Day 2 

In day 2 we embed this learning and learn further skills to address and reducing suicide risk and practise these skills together.

Learning methods

We use instruction, demos, role-plays and reflection in breakout rooms, and video material to create a workshop with a small group of highly engaged participants, and we have fun!

What you will learn

  • How to assess someone’s risk of suicide
  • Key risk and protective factors
  • How to agree a collaborative safety plan
  • How to design and deliver an intervention to help reduce someone’s risk of suicide.

Take aways

  • A reading list of books and papers to further enhance your knowledge
  • Resource documents and checklists

What to cover in a risk assessment

Evidence-based risk factors and ‘red flag’ warning signs

Creating a Safety Plan

Questions for reducing access to means

  • A free chapter from Dr Bell’s forthcoming book

The trainer 

Dr Lorraine Bell is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist with Solent NHS Trust, Fellow of the British Psychological Society and leads the Psychological Therapies Service in secondary mental health for Portsmouth. Lorraine has undertaken a number of service development roles and is currently the Suicide Prevention lead for Solent NHS Trust. She has implemented a suicide focused intervention throughout the Solent adult mental health service. Her latest book Helping people overcome suicidal thoughts, urges and behaviour: Suicide-focussed intervention skills for health and social care professionals comes from Routledge.

Supported by Fiona Kennedy, 

Dr Fiona Kennedy is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Director of GreenWood Mentors. She makes complex concepts accessible and enjoys having fun whilst training on serious topics. She has many years experience as an NHS clinician and manager, as well as in private practice. She has written books and published papers on the sequelae of trauma in childhood and other topics. The latest, “Integrating CBT and Third Wave Therapies” (2020) is part of the CBT Distinctive Features series from Routledge. 


£100. No VAT

Lorraine Bell photo
Fiona Kennedy photo


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