22 March, Online

9am - 3.30pm

Advanced Suicide Risk Management & Triage Training is designed for professionals who have first contact with persons at risk for suicidal behaviours. This workshop prepares participants to make an initial assessment of risk for suicide and to “triage” the at-risk person to a professional for further assessment and care.

This training presents highly accessible and evidence-based information designed to teach professionals how to recognize someone may be contemplating suicide, how to talk to them, and how to provide life-saving assistance. Our programme aims to translate evidence-based knowledge into useful skills and helpful interventions for those wishing to assist suicidal persons.

Advanced Suicide Risk Management & Triage training includes instruction on the use of a structured interview to gather data leading the interviewer to establish a crisis management plan or intervention. The triage process results in a systematic and evidence-based process for determining level of risk in order to determine the level of intervention required. The triage process will help determine the need for, plan, and carry out a referral for further evaluation and or treatment. 

This workshop will cover:

  • Size and scope of the suicide problem in New Zealand
  • Risk factors for suicide
  • Relationship of mental illness to suicide
  • How to conduct a suicide risk assessment interview
  • How to determine immediate risk for suicide
  • How to document a suicide risk assessment and risk management plan
  • Understanding and managing suicide risk
  • Enhanced clinical interviewing skills: Conducting an effective suicide risk assessment
  • On-going assessment in the course of treatment
  • Clinical responsibility and accountability in the care of suicidal individuals
  • Neurobiology of suicide
  • Effective treatment to reduce suicidal behaviour
  • Clinical case reviews: Q&A and problem-solving


  • Understanding suicide desire, intent, and suicide capability
  • Contextual considerations in suicide risk assessment
  • When “no” doesn’t mean “no”. Addressing fear and resistance with gentle persistence.
  • Relationship and the assessment interview
  • Understanding crisis timeframes, timelines and trajectory and intervention

Dr Louisa Walker

Louisa, along with her husband Grant, is a Director of Walker Psychology and Consulting Ltd. 

Louisa received her Doctorate in psychology from the University of Idaho with a research emphasis on both cross-cultural and biological psychology. She has 25 years of clinical experience working extensively with GPs and specialists in efforts to build innovative treatment models integrating psychological services into general practice medicine. She developed a Department of Behavioural Health for a regional US medical clinic and has worked with primary mental health care projects in New Zealand since 2002.

Since moving to New Zealand Louisa has worked in private practice, was a consultant to the Hawke's Bay DHB acute mental health service, and has worked with several PHOs in ongoing efforts to further develop strategies to improve mental health treatment in primary care.
Louisa served as the Clinical Manager for a Ministry of Health funded suicide bereavement service delivered by Clinical Advisory Services Aotearoa (CASA).  She has worked in the areas of suicide prevention and postvention both in the US and New Zealand.  She has worked with the NZ Coroner’s office developing psychological autopsy services investigating deaths by suicide. Louisa currently consults with a wide variety of organisations regarding suicide prevention and has been instrumental in the development of both online and face to face suicide prevention training programmes in New Zealand. 

Who Should Attend

Professionals who have first contact with persons at risk for suicidal behaviours. 

What others say about Dr Louisa Walker

"I found the training really useful – especially a new way of viewing assessment instead of solely medical model.

I was able to take lots of interesting and relevant notes, and I appreciated the opportunity to ask questions.

I’d definitely recommend this training for anybody who works with young people. Even for people who have more experience in the field, it is an excellent opportunity to gain a different perspective on suicide and provides a great basis for becoming more comfortable and confident with working around suicide. Many thanks", November 2021

“I would like to express my sincere gratitude for the skills and knowledge that you passed onto me in training. The week following your programme I was able to assist in saving the life of a 14-year-old girl. Without this training, I’m not sure that things would have unfolded as straight forwardly as they did. I felt so empowered to know that I had done everything I could. Thank you, thank you, thank you”  Kellie Priest, Public Health Nurse

The following peak bodies and organisations recognise that the training we offer is of a high quality, evidence based and relevant for their members CPD.


22 March, 9am - 3.30pm

This workshop will be delivered via ZOOM. Once you have completed your registration, you will receive the login details 1 week prior to the workshop.

Price & Registration

Standard: $295, incl GST, per person.

Registration process

Payment online is by Debit or Credit Card: VISA, Mastercard or American Express only and there are 3 easy steps to complete the online booking process.

Our registration platform is hosted by Lil Regie, our NZ based booking agent. Upon completing your registration by hitting the blue 'Confirm Booking' button, you will receive an automated email confirming the booking and amount paid by credit card. A GST Tax Invoice showing your payment in full will also be emailed to you.

If you have any issues or questions about your booking, please contact Nathalie van Dort on 021 066 9811 or email: nathalie@grow.co.nz

We work hard to ensure that all workshops are cost effective by automating our systems. If you require an invoice (rather than paying by debit or credit card) there will be a $25.00 inc GST surcharge for this, and you will need to supply:

  • The full name and postal address required to appear on the invoice.

  • The contact name and email of the person(s) responsible for authorising this expense and approving payment.

  • Any purchase order references required on vendor invoices.

Please email nathalie@grow.co.nz  if you would like to reserve a place, as our workshops fill quickly.

What happens if you have to cancel?

We know that sometimes your plans can change for many different reasons. Should you be unable to attend, a substitute delegate is welcome to attend at no extra cost. If a substitute delegate is not available and you need to cancel your registration, please be aware of the following:

Up to 7 days prior to the event you will be provided a refund of your registration cost, less a $20.00 inc GST per attendee service charge.
If you cancel within 7 days of the event, you are not eligible to receive a refund. Please note: should your registration not be paid by the time of the event, you are still liable to make the payment. Unpaid accounts may be passed over to our debt collection agency and additional costs may be incurred.
All cancellations must be received in writing via email.
Training is cancellable by GROW with 3 days’ notice if a minimum number of attendees is not met and full refunds will be provided.
Please note: GROW Ltd reserves the right to make any amendments that we may deem to be in the best interest of the forum – it is however very unlikely and we will notify you as soon as possible should this occur.

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For further details, please contact:
e: nathalie@grow.co.nz
p: 021 066 9811