Ph: 06 878 3456

A workshop for Health Professionals and Community Workers focused on 'keeping clients safe'

SafeSide is a framework for recovery-oriented suicide prevention that lifts our sights beyond merely ‘keeping clients safe’ toward a vision of evidence-based care that is truly connected with a client’s needs, experiences, and growth potential. 

SafeSide is the next-generation update of Commitment to Living (Pisani, Cross, Watts, & Conner, 2012), an evidence-based workshop that addresses common dilemmas, demands, and rewards of supporting individuals at risk for suicide. Centered on prevention-oriented risk formulation (Pisani, Murrie, & Silverman, 2016), SafeSide comprises four components which are explained on this video

Every SafeSide workshop is co-led by Kristina Mossgraber who has lived experience of recovery from suicide attempts and mental illness. The lived experience expert deepens the curriculum by sharing experiences in health care that made a positive difference in her life. 

SafeSide also features a new set of video-recorded skills demonstrations and these brief demonstrations bring the SafeSide model to life, and drive discussion and practice.

Workshop Presenters

SafeSide is led by Dr. Tony Pisani and Kristina Mossgraber.

Anthony R. Pisani, Ph.D.

Is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the University of Rochester Center for the Study and Prevention of Suicide and Founder of SafeSide Prevention. 

Dr. Pisani is an internationally recognised leader in suicide prevention education and workforce development. He served on the Workforce Preparedness Task Force for the National Action Alliance, the Joint Commission Technical Advisory Panel for the National Patient Safety Goal on Suicide Prevention, and the Zero Suicide Institute faculty. 

Dr. Pisani has published influential articles on clinician education, including two describing the rationale and efficacy of his own approach. In 2016, more than 14,000 clinicians in the U.S. and Australia learned his risk formulation model through in-person and online workshops.

Kristina Mossgraber

Is a patient advocate and lived experience consultant. After surviving multiple suicide attempts and learning to live with bipolar disorder, Ms. Mossgraber devoted herself to improving the care of patients who suffer the way she did. Ms. Mossgraber leads events, conducts media appearances, and provides school and community-based education on behalf of NAMI Rochester (NY). 

As part of the SafeSide team, Ms. Mossgraber contributes to training events and the development of educational materials.

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will be able to name three foundational goals for forming productive collaborations with clients and their families to address suicide risk.
  • In the context of structured screening/assessment tools, participants will be able to name at least two techniques for conveying genuine care about client’s subjective experience.
  • Given a scenario, participants will be able to communicate a prevention-oriented risk formulation, orally and in writing.
  • Participants will be able to name four key domains to document in a short-term response to suicide risk to facilitate clinical care and minimise liability.
  • Participants will be able to state at least two steps their own organisation or program can take to strengthen care transitions.

Who Should Attend

This workshop is for staff, clinical directors, and training managers in health, behavioural health, and youth services settings. It has application in both state and community based settings.


SafeSide is a full-day workshop starting at 9am and concluding at 3.30pm. A sample agenda is provided below.


  • Brief introductions from workshop leaders and participants
  • Overview of the SafeSide Model and workshop objectives
  • “Burning questions.” Participants use poster paper around room to post the questions they hope to have answered by the end of the workshop


  • Clinical and lived experience teaching
  • Video skills demonstration: Screening that Cares
  • Paired practice: Patient-centered interviewing in context of C-SSRS screen



  • Clinical and lived experience teaching
  • Video skills demonstrations:
    • Compassionate Assessment
    • Prevention-oriented Team Communication
  • Paired practice (three) of prevention-oriented risk formulation in three contexts:
    • Colleague/supervisor report
    • Youth or parent engagement
    • Medical record.



  • Clinical and lived experience
  • Video skills demonstration: Mini-interventions in community settings
  • Paired Practice: Providing an understandable model of suicidal thinking


  • Clinical and lived experience teaching
  • Video skills demonstration: Youth presents safety and contingency plan to staff and family
  • Paired practice: Contingency planning

Dates & Locations


Brisbane - Royal Women's Hospital - 1 April 2019

New Zealand:

Auckland - Naumi Hotel Auckland Airport - 8 April 2019

Price & Registration

Australian Registrations (AUD)
Earlybird Special – $350.00pp  

Standard Price - $395.00pp

4 Attendees or more from the one facility/site discount - $320.00pp

NOTE: Brisbane Earlybird Special ends Friday, 1 February 2019

New Zealand Registrations (NZD)
Earlybird Special – $350.00pp + GST 

Standard Price - $395.00pp + GST

4 Attendees or more from the one facility/site discount - $320.00pp + GST

NOTE: Auckland Earlybird Special ends Friday, 1 February 2019

Registration process

Australian registrations will be Invoiced.

New Zealand bookings is payment is by credit card only.

There are 3 easy steps to complete the online booking process and 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 + 64 6 878 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 plus GST service charge. For Australian bookings, the cancellation fee is $50.00 AUD.

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.

Further Details

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For further details, please contact:
Faye Johnson at
Phone: 06 878 3456