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Experiential Trainings on the Chronological Assessment of Suicide Events (CASE Approach) for Clinicians

 Spaces are limited - please register early to avoid disappointment.

Undoubtedly one of the most difficult and critical tasks for any clinician is the assessment of suicide risk. In this full-day experiential workshop, participants develop a working expertise in the innovative interviewing strategy for eliciting suicidal ideation, behaviours, and intent called the Chronological Assessment of Suicide Events (the CASE Approach).

In the course of the day, two state-of-the-art role-playing approaches - microtraining and macrotraining are adapted to provide an intensive small-group training experience – Scripted Group Role-Play (SGRP) training - that not only provides a sound introduction to the principles of the CASE Approach but also provides an opportunity to practice the techniques via a set of carefully designed role-playing experiences.

Dr. Shea provides an in-depth presentation of how to use the CASE Approach to weave four interviewing techniques - designed to increase validity - into a fluid interview strategy for uncovering suicidal desire, ideation, planning, actions and intent. He provides brief didactics to describe each validity technique and how each region of the CASE Approach (presenting suicidal ideation, recent ideation over the past two months, past suicidal ideation, and immediate ideation and intent during the interview itself) is explored by sequencing these interviewing techniques. Every technique and sequential region of the CASE Approach is demonstrated by the showing of a video of Dr. Shea using the CASE Approach. Participants break into learning pods of four individuals directly after each specific technique is described and demonstrated to employ the role-playing techniques described.

Dr. Shea circulates among the learning pods to observe and provide direct feedback, as well as demonstrating techniques where appropriate. By the end of the day, each participant will have individually performed, as the interviewer, approximately 10 role-plays (to enhance their skill in using each interviewing skill), will have functioned as the interviewee in approximately 10 role-plays (to experience what the interviewing techniques feel like to clients), and will have functioned as an “observer coach” in approximately 20 role-plays to better understand the nuances of the interviewing techniques and consolidate their use.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the day, participants will have gained both a theoretical and experiential understanding of the CASE Approach, providing them with advanced skills in the effective use of the following techniques and strategies: Individual use of validity techniques:

  • Shame attenuation
  • Normalization
  • Behavioural incident
  • Gentle assumption
  • Symptom amplification
  • Denial of the specific
  • Catch-all question.

Integration of the validity techniques into the CASE Approach:

  • Creating a “verbal videotape” using behavioural incidents
  • Sequential exploration of suicidal ideation, behaviour, plans and intent in the past 48 hours (Presenting Suicide Events)
  • Sequential exploration of suicidal ideation, behaviour, plans and intent in the past 2 months (Recent Suicide Events)
  • Sequential exploration of suicidal ideation, behaviour, plans and intent in the remaining history of the past (Past Suicide Events)
  • Sequential exploration of suicidal ideation, plans, and intent actually occurring during the interview itself (Immediate Suicide Events)
  • Instruction on how to flexibly apply the CASE Approach to the unique needs of the client and the clinical situation, whether a face-to -face interview or during a crisis line intervention.

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Delegate Commitment

Because of the intensive and interactive nature of the days training, it is important that delegates arrive for briefings from 7.30am (individual times will be allocated), must not be on call and can commit for the full day at the workshop scheduled to finish at 5.00pm. This ensures that all attendees gain the full learning opportunity from each scenario and are able to practice the learning with fellow attendees.

Who Should Attend?

Counsellors, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Social Workers, Psychiatric Nurses, Substance Abuse Counsellors, School Counsellors, Case Managers, Crisis Center Providers and most mental health trainees.

Dates & Locations:


Friday, 18 October 2019

Holiday Inn Auckland Airport Hotel
2 Ascot Road, Mangere
09 275 1059

Free onsite parking

Please contact the Holiday Inn Auckland Airport Hotel directly for your accommodation booking and quote 'Grow Ltd' to receive the Conference discounted rate of $192.00 per room per night. This rate is subject to availability.


Thursday, 24 October 2019

Helensburgh House
Ground Floor Meeting Room
Wakari Hospital
369 Taieri Rd, Wakari

From Dunedin City Centre:
Head towards Mosgiel (via 3 Mile Hill) this takes you up Stuart Street, and then up Taieri Road. Wakari Hospital is located on the left, shortly after passing Wakari shops and Leslie Groves.

Free on site. Attendees may need to have a short walk to the parking. Please don’t park in bays marked for afternoon staff

Parking is as marked on the map here. Please don’t park in the bays for outpatients or shift staff as you will be asked to move.

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About the Presenter:

Shawn Shea, MD is an internationally acclaimed innovator in the fields of clinical interviewing, suicide assessment, and enhancing the therapeutic alliance having given over 850 presentations worldwide. He has been an invited presenter at the American Association of Suicidology for 21 years, and was the recipient of an Outstanding Course Award from the American Psychiatric Association.   

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. 

Price & Registration

One Day Workshop
$495.00 pp + GST

Registration process

Payment online is by VISA, Mastercard or American Express only and there are 3 easy steps to complete the online booking process.
Upon completion of your registration, you will receive an automated confirmation email. If you have any issues or questions about your booking, please contact Faye Johnson on 06 878 3456 or email:

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 $50.00 per attendee (NZ plus GST) 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 (email). You will be sent the event's materials upon request.
  • Delegates are responsible for their own travel/accommodation bookings and no compensation will be made should the event be rescheduled or cancelled.

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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Further Details

Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea are included.

Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options will be available. Should you have other dietary needs you are welcome to bring your own snacks and lunch.

Post-Event Takeaway Reference Material

In line with our sustainability objectives, conference presentations will not be distributed in hard copy but will instead be available via a weblink to be advised via email either prior to or following the workshop.

Commitment to Access and Equity

We are committed to access and equity and endeavour to meet the needs of all delegates. Please contact our team at 06 878 3456 if you require special assistance. In order to assist us in understanding delegate needs, please advise your access requirements as early as possible. Request at late notice may not be able to be met.


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Faye Johnson at or
Phone: 06 878 3456