With international thought-leader Dr. Jonathan Singer (USA)

Workshops Across NZ 2019

Auckland - Christchurch​

PLEASE NOTE: The date of the Christchurch workshop has changed from that previously advertised, to Thursday, 23rd May. The workshop will also provide information on suicide within educational institutions, incorporating content from the Suicide in Schools workshop.

The Dunedin workshop is Sold Out - click below to be added to the Waitlist

This powerful workshop provides a practical and up to date assessment of what we know about youth suicide in 2019 by one of the world's leading commentators and advisers on preventing youth suicide.

Not only will participants learn about current theories of suicide and how those theories inform how we work with suicidal youth, it will cover upstream prevention and the idea that we can save lives by identifying intervention moments before a suicide attempt or death. This is particularly relevant whilst working with students and young adults and the workshop will include discussion around the effective use of Social Media and online technologies to better engage with young people.

If you are working with young people who may be depressed, anxious or considering suicide this workshop will provide you with insight and practical tools that have the potential to save lives.

PLEASE NOTE: The content and date of the Christchurch workshop has changed. It will now be held on Thursday 23rd May, and will be an amalgamation of the Lives Worth Living and the Suicide in Schools workshop.  It will cover content from both.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • List five myths and facts about youth suicide.
  • Identify the relationship between risk factors, protective factors, warning signs, and resilience.
  • Discuss the benefits and limitations of placing suicide prevention within a wellness framework.
  • Name and describe the three components of the Interpersonal Theory of Suicide.
  • Explain the role of attachment theory in youth suicide.
  • Discuss the clinical differences between youth who present with non-suicidal self-injury and youth who present with suicide ideation or attempts.
  • Define and describe “upstream prevention”.
  • Identify and discuss the role of Social Media and other information communication technologies in youth suicide.
  • Use the Suicide Risk Monitoring Tool.
  • Explore effective suicide prevention strategies within their workplace.

Dates & Locations


Wednesday 15 May

Jet Park Airport Hotel & Conference Centre
63 Westney Rd
Mangere, Auckland
0800 538 466

There is free parking at the venue.

Please contact Jet Park Airport Hotel directly for accommodation bookings.

Workshops run 9.00am - 3.00pm, with Registration and Welcome tea & coffee from 8.30am.


Tuesday 21 May 2019

Te Hou Ora Whanau Services
78 Carroll St,

There is on street parking only available on Maitland, Carroll and Hope Streets (it is recommended you arrive early). There are also carparking building's in the vacinity, however these are a few minutes walk away.

Standard Price - $112.50 + GST

Workshops run 9.00am - 3.00pm, with Registration open from 8.30am.


NEW DATE - Thursday 23 May 2019

(PLEASE NOTE - This is a change of date from the Wednesday 22 May 2019 previously advertised)

Distinction Hotel
14 Cathedral Square
Christchurch City, Christchurch
(03) 377 7000

Hotel Valet Casual (up untill 5pm) $15.00
Hotel Valet Full Day (24hr period) $25.00
Wilsons Carpark $7.50 per 12 hrs
Worcester Street daytime (6am till 6pm) $5

Please contact Distinction Hotel directly for accommodation bookings.

Workshops run 9.00am - 3.00pm, with Registration and Welcome tea & coffee from 8.30am.

Who Should Attend

Professionals who are working with young people across mental health, education, youth justice and social services sectors. This could include for example: Social Workers, Psychologists, Counsellors, Couples and Family Therapists, Psychiatric Nurses, Psychiatrists, Teachers, School Leaders, Youth Workers and Council Community Development Staff.


Dr. Jonathan Singer

Jonathan Singer, Ph.D. is an associate professor of social work at Loyola University Chicago, President-Elect of the American Association of Suicidology, and coauthor of the 2015 text Suicide in Schools: A Practitioner's Guide to Multi-level Prevention, Assessment, Intervention, and Postvention. He is certified in Attachment-Based Family Therapy. Since 1996, Dr. Singer has been a community mental health clinician, educator and researcher, much of that time providing crisis services to suicidal youth and their families. His podcast, the Social Work Podcast, has over 30,000 followers on social media and episodes are downloaded over one million times per year.

Scholarships Available

Wanting to attend this workshop but struggling with the cost?

The Mental Health Foundation and GROW invite scholarship applications from individuals who identify as Māori, Pacific, LGBTQ+ or those with ‘lived experience of mental distress’ who are working with young people within mental health, education, justice or social service settings.

Please email feona@grow.co.nz with why you are seeking a scholarship, and include a contact number in your email. Important -  in your email subject please include the date & location of the workshop you are interested in.

Scholarships are limited to 50% of the workshop fees only. 

*Please Note: Scholarships do not apply to Dunedin Workshop.

Price & Registration

One Day Workshops
Price - $350.00 + GST
Dunedin Price - $112.50 + GST

Registration process

Payment is by credit card 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: 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 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 and lunch are included.

Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options will be available. In an effort to keep the price as low as possible, other special dietary requirements are unable to be catered for. You are however welcome to bring your own snacks and lunch.

DUNEDIN - IMPORTANT - Please Note: Catering is not provided at the Dunedin event and therefore you will need 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 following the conference.

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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For further details, please contact:
Faye Johnson at faye@grow.co.nz or
Phone: 06 878 3456