An extraordinary opportunity to spend a day interacting and being personally trained by one of the leading innovators in suicidology and clinical interviewing in the mental health world today – limited to 28 participants.

Suicide prevention remains one of the most pressing of all mental health goals. Join the author of one of the classic texts in the field for this special day of training.

An Experiential Training on the Chronological Assessment of Suicide Events (CASE Approach).

Shawn Christopher Shea, M.D.

A full-day experiential training in the internationally acclaimed interviewing strategy for uncovering suicidal ideation, planning, actions, and intent known as the Chronological Assessment of Suicide Events (CASE Approach) as listed on the Zero Suicide Website’s “Suicide Care Training Options” list.

These trainings are provided for groups of clinicians using Scripted Group Role-Playing (SGRP) and are designed to greatly enhance actual clinical skill at using the CASE Approach.


Undoubtedly one of the most difficult and critical tasks for any clinician is the assessment of suicide risk. In this full-day experiential training participants will develop a working expertise in the innovative interviewing strategy for eliciting suicidal ideation, behaviors, and intent called the Chronological Assessment of Suicide Events (the CASE Approach). The internationally acclaimed CASE Approach has been described by David Jobes Ph.D., a former  President of the American Association of Suicidology, as follows:

“The CASE Approach moves the clinician almost imperceptibly into the secret internal workings of the mind and soul of the patient tormented by suicidal ideation. I believe that the CASE Approach is a remarkable conceptual and clinical contribution to the field of suicidology. It should be taught to any front-line clinician. It has the power to meaningfully save lives.”

In the course of the day, participants will enjoy experientially mastering the nuances of the CASE Approach using the highly acclaimed Scripted Group Role-Playing (SGRP) developed by Dr. Shea over the course of 20 years. SGRP eliminates acting from role-playing, resulting in it receiving, to date, the highest average participant satisfaction rating on a training using role-playing to appear in a refereed journal (3.9 out of 4.0 in 20 consecutive trainings)1.

Using both didactics and video demonstrations, Dr.  Shea provides an in-depth presentation of how to use the  CASE Approach to weave seven interviewing techniques designed  to increase validity into a fluid interview strategy for uncovering suicidal ideation, planning, actions and intent over the four regions 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).

By the end of the day, using SGRP, 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 to consolidate their use.

1. Psychiatric Clinics of North America (2015). 38(1):148-183.


Participants will gain both theoretical understanding and experiential training in core elements of the CASE Approach including:

Individual use of seven innovative interviewing techniques for enhancing validity - and a sense of safety - when exploring the sensitive and taboo topics that  may trigger suicidal ideation 

  1. shame attenuation
  2. normalization
  3. behavioral incident
  4. gentle assumption
  5. symptom amplification
  6. denial of the specific
  7. catch-all question

Sophisticated sequencing of the above validity techniques when uncovering suicidal ideation and planning in two key regions of the CASE Approach.

  1. the client’s presenting suicidal ideation, planning, intent and actions
  2. the client’s potentially hidden suicidal ideation, method of choice for suicide, practice with their method of choice and suicidal actions/intent in the recent two months before the interview.

This Experimental Training on the Chronological Assessment of Suicide Events (CASE Approach) with Shawn Shea MD has been endorsed by The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP) and been approved for up to 7 CME credits for the General Practice Educational Programme (GPEP) and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) purposes. 

Delegate Commitment

Registrations are by invitation only, and participants will be invited to arrive at staggered times, starting at 7:30 a.m.to be briefed. Training starts promptly at 8.30am, and finishes at 5.00pm.

Participant Requirements
This special day of training depends upon the interaction of Dr. Shea and the four participants of each training pod. Consequently, if one participant leaves the pod for any length of time, the learning of the other three participants is diminished.

Consequently, please do not sign up unless: 1) you can stay the entire day (training ends at 5:00 pm) and, 2) your schedule has been completely cleared and you have no clinical or crisis intervention responsibilities.

In addition, participant registration and briefings on the day’s format require several minutes for each participant. Consequently, participants will be given specific times for their registration (staggered between 7:30 am and 8:00 am) in order to ensure that the day’s training can begin on time for the whole group.

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

Edgar Centre
116 Portsmouth Dr, Andersons Bay
Dunedin 9012
03-456 1200

There is ample off street free parking at the facility


Thursday, 31 October 2019

Cairns Hospital
Training Room 5, Level 4 A Block
165 The Esplanade
Cairns Qld 4870

Car parking is available in the Hospital Car Park on Grafton St.

About the Presenter

Shawn Christopher Shea, M.D. is an internationally acclaimed innovator, speaker, and author in the fields of suicide prevention, clinical interviewing, and creating the therapeutic alliance having given over 850 presentations worldwide. He has been a featured speaker at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Suicidology for 21 consecutive years and was a recipient of an Outstanding Course Award from the American Association of Psychiatry. He has been a frequent presenter at venues such as the Psychiatric Congress, the Door County Summer Institute, and the Cape Cod Symposium.

Dr. Shea is the Director of the Training Institute for Suicide Assessment and Clinical Interviewing (TISA) - www.suicideassessment.com. He is the author of numerous articles and seven books with The Practical Art of Suicide Assessment being viewed as one of the classic texts in the field of suicidology. His 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.

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 email: faye@grow.co.nz

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.

For more information see our full Terms of Trade.

Further Details

Arrival tea & coffee, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea are included.

Please advise us via the Registration Page if you have any special dietary requirements and we will ensure you are catered for. 

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 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.

This training is proudly supported by Janssen Pharmaceuticals

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Phone: 06 878 3456