The Evaluation & Treatment of Suicidal Behaviour

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The Evaluation & Treatment of Suicidal Behaviour

This workshop teaches the fundamentals of assessing and managing suicidality informed largely by dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT).

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  • 12 hours
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Workshop Description

Managing patients who engage in suicidal and non-suicidal self-injurious behaviours, is highly stressful for most clinicians Yet, as one of the top ten causes of death worldwide, suicide is a major public health problem and a common presentation in the mental health field.

This workshop teaches the fundamentals of assessing and managing suicidality informed largely by dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT). Research on DBT indicates that it is an effective treatment for suicidal behaviour across a range of clinical populations.

Participants will learn how to use specific DBT commitment strategies to motivate patients to eliminate self-harm, and strategies for instilling hope. The workshop will also introduce DBT strategies to manage and reduce future crises, help patients engage in effective coping strategies and support patients in building a life worth living.

The workshop will introduce a protocol to guide the assessment of suicide risk, including how to conduct a suicide risk history and monitor ongoing suicide risk. The training will also focus on helping clinicians manage their own distress when dealing with suicidal patients.


The workshop is hands on and provides numerous opportunities to practice assessment and treatment strategies. In addition to interactive workshop activates and discussions, the instructor will use lecture, role-plays, video cases, and experiential exercises to illustrate key teaching points. Participants should come prepared to discuss cases and engage in role-plays.

Learning Objectives

  • How to conceptualize suicidal and non-suicidal self-injurious behaviour
  • General principles of managing patients suicidal and self-injurious behaviour
  • Strategies to strengthen the therapeutic relationship
  • How to detect and assess suicide risk
  • Apply problem-solving strategies to suicidal and self injurious behaviours
  • Specific DBT protocols for preventing and managing suicidal crises
  • How to Monitor professional limits and consider ethical issues
  • How to document suicide risk assessment and treatment plan