This one-day workshop challenges commonly held notions about childrens’ capacity to consider suicide. It facilitates awareness of the signs that a young child may be at risk and what is needed to help. Case studies and simulations provide opportunities to apply what is learned. A brief screening tool guides helpers to determine risk and make appropriate referral connections. A helper tool teaches how to organise and summarise the available information about a given child in a form that can be used by someone, perhaps the participants themselves, in safety planning.
The desired learning outcomes of The "ASK" WorkshopTM are that participants will:
- recognise how a child’s understandings of death and suicide may be implicated in risk;
- become aware of the ways children at risk of suicide communicate their need for help;
- recognise factors that may increase suicide risk and those that may mitigate it;
- know how to work with both in order to formulate the basis of a plan for safety;
- recognise the need to enlist the support of others to develop a plan for safety;
- understand and be able to meet common challenges in working with parents to facilitate safety.
Presenter - Dr Marie Murphy
I am a Counselling Psychologist, currently managing a Counselling in Schools service for a local authority, along with a small private practice. I have been involved in suicide prevention training for 15 years and have specialised in trauma for the past 6 years. I am trained in a number of therapies including person centred, EFT, CBT & Trauma-focused CBT, Compassion Focused Therapy, Schema Therapy and EMDR.
Who is this workshop aimed at?
Those working with children and young people (age 5-14), or young adults with learning difficulties, counsellors, psychotherapists, psychologists, school staff.