Learning with Lifeline
Suicide Intervention & Prevention two day & half day workshops
A reason to do this training
Sadly, the Northern Territory has the highest rate of suicide in the country. But it’s important to remember suicide doesn’t begin as a death: it begins as painful feelings and circumstances that sometimes give rise to suicidal thoughts and actions. Suicidal thoughts affect as many as one in twenty people, and if we learn some skills, we’ll have an opportunity to intervene before those thoughts flow on to injuries or deaths.
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
In ASIST, the emphasis is on suicide ‘first aid’: helping a person with thoughts of suicide to stay safe and seek further help. The vast majority of people with suicidal thoughts will find some way to signal their distress and their intent to harm themselves. ASIST training can help us see and respond to these invitations to help. The training provides participants with the confidence to ask about suicide and know what action to take. By learning to recognise and assess someone with thoughts of suicide, participants become more effective at helping people at risk.
The workshop is relevant for general community members, mental health workers, physicians and nurses, teachers and school support staff, counsellors, youth workers, domestic violence support workers, drug and alcohol workers, police and corrections staff, clergy, volunteers, tertiary students and accommodation workers.
The program uses a range of interactive techniques including case studies, simulations, skills practice, videos, overheads, workbooks and audiovisuals. Participants also receive the Suicide Intervention Handbook to reinforce learning.
- $235 incl GST for volunteers, individuals and not-for-profit organisations
- $305 incl GST for government and businesses
Time: 8.30am – 4.30pm each day. Lunch included.
Venue: TBA upon registration.
6 & 7 March 2018
To Be Advised
The ‘safe’ of safeTALK stands for ‘suicide alertness for everyone’. The ‘TALK’ is about the fact that clear and open communication about suicide is one of the keys to preventing it. The letters in TALK stand for the actions that help those with thoughts of suicide: Tell, Ask, Listen, and Keep-safe.
safeTALK is a half-day training program that teaches participants to be alert to suicide as a risk to people’s lives and responsive when they detect the risk arising. The skills taught in safeTALK are designed to give participants a short, clear process that anyone over the age of 15 can follow to become a ‘suicide alert helper’ in their own community.
How is the workshop presented?
As safeTALK trainers, we take participants through a safe and structured learning process. Throughout the couple of hours, we gradually increase the participants’ exposure to ideas and practice. The program is designed to help participants see how misunderstandings and societal beliefs can cause otherwise caring and helpful people to miss, dismiss, or avoid suicide alerts. To help them move past these barriers, we teach participants the ‘TALK’ steps and gradually lead them into safe practice. To help show these steps in action, we select six very short video scenarios to use through the training.
- $75 incl GST for volunteers, individuals and not-for-profit organisations
- $95 incl GST for government and businesses
13 February 2018
To be advised
The ‘Accidental Counsellor’ Workshop
Accidental counsellors are people who may not have formal qualifications or counselling experience but find they are placed in a counselling role by accident, as a result of requests for help from friends, colleagues, clients or others. They want to help, but are unsure how to respond appropriately and may be confronted with a whole range of difficult dilemmas.
This workshop aims to provide non-counsellors with a range of skills to work effectively with people who may be distressed, agitated or in crisis. It gives participants a practical framework for managing these issues, while achieving a sense of structure and confidence in their work. Topics include Communication, Reflective Listening, Qualities of Effective Counsellors, Counselling Skills, Limit Setting and Boundaries, Dealing with Crisis (including suicidal ideation), Debriefing and Self Care. This course draws on Lifeline’s vast experience in crisis counselling.
Training is experiential and activity based, focusing on developing awareness and understanding as well as practical skills.
This workshop will provide participants with the opportunity to:
- Define attributes of an effective ‘Accidental Counsellor’
- Identify a range of counselling skills relevant to their role
- Practice a variety of communication skills including engagement, active listening and questioning
- Develop skills to respond appropriately to aggressive or distressed clients, and crisis situations
- Articulate clearly the boundaries of their own role with the client
- Identify a variety of self care strategies.
Duration: 2 full days
- $395 incl GST for volunteers, individuals and not-for profit organizations
- $490 incl GST for government and businesses
Participants who complete the training will receive a Lifeline Central Australia Certificate of Completion.
27 & 28 February 2018
To be advised
Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA)
This course teaches adults how to assist adolescents who are experiencing a mental health crisis or developing a mental health problem.
What is Mental Health First Aid? Mental health first aid is the help given to someone developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. The first aid is given until appropriate professional treatment is received or until the crisis resolves.
What is the Youth Mental Health First Aid course? The third edition Youth Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course is based on the international MHFA Guidelines. These guidelines were developed using consensus of mental health consumers, carers and professionals from English speaking developed countries. Further information at www.mhfa.com.au/
Who can attend a YMHFA course? Any interested adult can attend. Please note that this course is not for adolescents to attend. This course is also not a therapy or support group, rather it is an education course.
Course Content: The Youth MHFA course teaches adults how to assist adolescents who are developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis.
Developing mental health problems covered: Depression, Anxiety, Eating Disorders, Psychosis and Substance misuse.
Mental health crises covered: Suicidal thoughts and behaviours, non-suicidal self-injury, panic attacks, traumatic events, sever psychotic states, acute effects from alcohol or other drug misuse and aggressive behaviours.
Participants will learn about adolescent development and the signs and symptoms of these mental health problems, where and how to get help and what sort of help has been shown by research to be effective.
- $350 (including GST) for volunteers and not-for-profit organisations
- $395 (including GST) for Government employees and businesses.
13 & 14 March 2018
To be advised
ASIST 11 TuneUp (Refresher)
The ASIST 11 TuneUp is a half day workshop for improving participant comfort, confidence and competence in using the Pathways for Assisting Life or PAL.
The ASIST 11 TuneUp provides participants with an opportunity to: Review learning from the ASIST 11 workshop. Test and examine or review how ASIST 11 is applied in the real world or to share what they have learned from applications in the real world. Recapture some of the experience of a caring community and networking opportunities from their ASIST 11 experience.
This workshop is only for participants who have completed an ASIST Version 11 Workshop. If you have trained with Lifeline Central Australia and are unsure which version of ASIST you completed, please contact our office and we can check are database
Cost: $50.00 (including GST) per person
Venue: Lifeline Central Australia, Helm House, 40 Bath Street, Alice Springs
22 February 2018
To be advised
Who to contact:
Education & Training Manager
Phone: 08 8953 1250
Email: [email protected]
Lifeline Central Australia
Unit 5 Helm House 40 Bath Street
PO Box 65 Alice Springs NT 0871
Phone: 08 8953 1250
Fax: 08 8953 3060
safeTALK Train the Trainer (T4T)
The safeTALK Training for Trainers (T4T) program is a 2 day course that provides basic preparation to become a safeTALK trainer. It is an essential requirement for anyone wanting to deliver safeTALK workshops. During the T4T there will be a focus on positive learning environment, encouragement of open and honest discussion, respect for differences, support of each other and plenty of opportunities for active participation. You can expect it to be hard work, with an emphasis on the seriousness of suicide and the part you can play in helping communities become safer.
The course assumes prior training experience and that you have already attended an ASIST workshop within the previous 2 years. Cost for this training event is $1,100 which includes all training materials, low ratio of trainer to participants, catering for the 2 training days and ongoing trainer support. Transport and accommodation not included.
Registrations must be completed online using the following link. https://livingworks.net/training-and-trainers/find-a-training-workshop/view/11891. Voucher code: 20810.
When: 27 & 28 November 2017
Where: Travelodge Resort Darwin, 64 Cavenagh St, Darwin City, NT 0800
Time: 8:30am-5pm both days
Cost: $1,100 per participant (including GST)
Contact: Karen Reval, Lifeline Central Australia Ph: (08) 89531 250
email: [email protected]