About the course
The tragic consequences of suicide are frequently encountered in mental healthcare settings, and suicide prevention is one of the key roles of professionals. However, traditional ways of assessing and categorising risk have little actual value in predicting or preventing suicide, and decision-making around risk is prone to unconscious bias that means seemingly rational choices do not always represent optimal care for patients.
This one-day Maudsley Masterclass is developed and delivered in collaboration with PROTECT, and takes a research-driven, relational approach to suicide prevention, critically examining the process of assessing risk and introducing a range of practical frameworks to formulate your risk assessments, make collaborative decisions with patients, and effectively safety plan.
Starting with the premise that the most powerful tool we have for preventing risk is the therapeutic relationship, this advanced suicide prevention training will enable you to apply your existing relational skills more systematically to improve your confidence and ability in managing suicidal patients.
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During this course participants will:
- Take a novel relational approach to assessing and managing at-risk patients
- Understand the delicate balance between risk and recovery using the Care Compass
- Understand the nuances of narrative and validity techniques in the assessment process
- Examine unconscious biases that influence risk-related decision making (AWARE)
- Use a structured, multi-dimensional approach to risk formulation risk (DESPAIR) and documentation (NOTES)
- Learn safety planning using the SAFE: 1-2-7 Safety Conversation and build resilience through VALUES framework
Assistant psychologist, Clinical psychologist, Consultant – psychiatry, CT1-3 – psychiatry, GP, GPVTS, Healthcare assistant, RGN, RMN, Social worker, ST4-7 – psychiatry
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The fusion of Education and the Health Service is extremely exciting and now indeed essential; I am thrilled that St Mary’s is at the forefront of this. I am truly invigorated to disseminate many nuggets of wisdom and tangible strategies gained yesterday to my entire school community.
The knowledge and skills help children in many areas e.g. friendships, learning, attitude, dealing with problems at home and school. Skills will stay with them as they progress helping them to be reflective and emotionally resilient.