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Unlocking Suicidal Secrets


Mon 28 Oct 2019, 9:00am–3:30pm

Where: Mercure North Melbourne, Cnr. Flemington Road & Harker Street, Flemington, Victoria

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Standard: $395.00
  • Student: $295.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: Grow Ltd

Suicide remains one of the most pressing of all mental health problems. Join one of the great innovators in the field of suicide prevention and author of the classic text, The Practical Art of Suicide Assessment as he describes some of the newest approaches to preventing suicide.

From understanding matrix treatment planning as a means of preventing suicide, to learning the ins and outs of using the Chronological Assessment of Suicide Events (CASE Approach) from its creator, participants will enjoy the compelling videos and challenging ideas of one of the most popular speakers in mental health today.

This one-day workshop consists of 3 segments and will provide front-line clinicians with the state-of-the-art skills necessary to tackle some of the most difficult clinical situations facing clinicians regarding suicide assessment and prevention, treatment planning, and building resiliency.

The segments:
The Art of Matrix Treatment Planning and the Quest for Happiness: Suicide Prevention in a New Light
Innovative Interviewing Techniques for Uncovering Hidden, Sensitive and Taboo Material
The Delicate Art of Eliciting Suicidal Ideation: The Chronological Assessment of Suicide Events

All interviewing techniques will be clearly demonstrated through the use of video examples from actual client interviews.

Learning Objectives:
- Be able to effectively apply the principles of matrix treatment planning and understand their relationship to the quest for a more resilient form of happiness and suicide prevention (including healing matrix effects, damaging matrix effects, and the Red Herring Principle).
- Recognize and be able to utilise the following seven interviewing techniques for uncovering sensitive and taboo material: normalization, shame attenuation, the behavioural incident, gentle assumption, denial of the specific, the catch-all question, and symptom amplification.
- Be able to utilise flexible strategies for weaving the above seven validity techniques into effective methods of uncovering sensitive material related to suicide such as antisocial behaviour, substance abuse, and violent ideation, while maintaining a powerful engagement.
- Be able to apply the CASE Approach to uncover hidden suicidal ideation, actions, and intent.

Who Should Attend:
This training is appropriate for psychiatrists, counsellors, psychologists, social workers, psychiatric nurses, case managers, substance abuse counsellors, general practitioners and all mental health trainees.

What Other Attendees have said about Dr Shea’s Workshops:
"Invaluable information, presented by a speaker who was tremendously engaging, personal, and dynamic." - Dr Nick Miraidi, Ph.D. Psychologist
"One of the most effectively taught continuing education programs I’ve attended in twelve years. Practical interviewing and supervision techniques taught with a refreshing sense of humour and humanity." - Susan Rice, L.I.C.S.W.
"The best single training session I’ve attended in thirty years of being a teacher and psychologist."
- James Lewis, Ed.D.
"Very helpful, practical. I feel this will be applicable immediately and will be profoundly useful." -
Dr Paul Maguire, Psychiatric Resident

About the Presenter
Shawn Shea is an internationally acclaimed innovator in the fields of suicide prevention, clinical interviewing, and enhancing the therapeutic alliance having given over 850 presentations worldwide.
Dr. Shea is the author of seven books and numerous journal articles with his book, The Practical Art of Suicide Assessment, being viewed as one of the classic texts in the field of suicidology.

His most recent book, Psychiatric Interviewing: The Art of Understanding, 3rd Edition was selected by the British Medical Association as the 2017 Book of the Year in Psychiatry. With nearly 40 years of clinical experience, Dr. Shea is the Director of the Training Institute for Suicide Assessment and Clinical Interviewing (TISA), a training and consultation service providing workshops, consultations, and quality assurance design in mental health assessment. He is also in private practice.