About the course
The General Hospital is at the crossroads of health care with 1000s of patient interactions happening daily. Health care practitioners often sense and detect impending mental health crisis and within the confines of limited time and minimal information they act, setting in motion a sequence of events that ensures safety through referral to consultation liaison services or encouragement to seek help in primary care or an appropriate referral for assessment and treatment to secondary care mental health services. However, the eyes can’t see what the mind doesn’t know. In the business of the Emergency Department, General Medicine / Surgery many also get missed. This demand on health professional’s time and an expectation to respond appropriately, effectively and rapidly to suicidal crisis is only set to grow with the parallel pandemic of psychological distress and dysfunction in the COVID era.
PEARLS is a custom-made suicide prevention masterclass (1-2 hours / flexible based on need) for General Hospital that takes into account the work environment. It blends the essential skills and competencies needed for rapid detection, assessment and referral along with the latest research and advanced practice of maintaining a therapeutic relationship, safety planning and resilience building. Based on the internationally acclaimed PROTECT framework, It is designed to transform busy doctors and nurese into hope vendors, supporting people to understand that suicide is a permanent solution to temporary problems and that their pain can either be chipped away at or their tolerance can be enhanced.
Why attend PEARLS?
PEARLS has been specifically designed for a busy hospital setting to provide staff foundational skills to detect warning signs of suicide, safety plan with the person and ensure that they they get the necessary help. The evidence based theoretical concepts and its practical applications and training delivery are all: · Innovative – novel approaches incorporating the latest research. · Intuitive – complexity simplified through structure and sequence for rapid learning and clinical use. · Interactive – case studies drawing on prior knowledge and experience used with adult learning principles
PEARLS will provide a rapid refresh of essential skills for an empathic exchange for a person in suicidal distess while providing a range of advanced skills in brief interventions like safety planning and resilience building
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After taking this course, participants will be able to:
- Articulate how suicide is an attempt to achieve Pain relief
- Weave into their practice Empathic words
- Ask clearly about suicide using techniques like normalisation and shame attenuation
- Develop Role clarity and understand one’s limitations
- List help using the LOVE intervention
- Safety plan using 1-2-7
Academic, Allied health professional, Doctors, GP, Healthcare assistant, Nurses, Social worker, Support staff (e.g. admin)
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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.