Learn a systematic framework to unite your team and guide best practice in recovery oriented care - 2019

Co-Taught by clinical and lived experience instructors

See recovery-oriented care come to life in video demonstrations

Dive deep into Prevention Oriented Risk Formulation

More than just safe care, it is hope for a full recovery and a life that’s liveable again.

Almost any problem becomes more manageable if you have a framework for understanding and addressing it. 

The SafeSide Framework unites staff and service lines with a shared evidence-informed framework that focuses on four core goals of person-centered suicide care: Connect - Assess - Respond - Extend.  

Co-taught by expert clinician Anthony R. Pisani and lived experience instructor Kristina Mossgraber, this workshop will give you a map you can use right away to collaborate with consumers and know you're providing the best practices the field has to offer.

SafeSide Framework will organize your thinking and communication with colleagues and the people you serve. It will help you document your actions and decisions. 

It’s evidence-informed, practical, and inspiring. SafeSide lifts our sights beyond merely 'keeping clients safe' toward a vision of full recovery and a life worth living.

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.

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 clinical and community based settings.

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.


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 and discussion
  • Paired practice: Patient-centered interviewing in context of C-SSRS screen



  • Clinical and lived experience teaching
  • Video skills demonstrations:
    • Flexible use of assessment tools
    • 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
  • 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

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.

Dates & Locations


Cairns - Friday, 29 March 2019

Boland's Centre
Cnr. Spence St & Lake St


Brisbane - Monday, 1 April 2019

Butterfield Street Training Facility
Room 3, Ground Floor, 15
Butterfield Street

New Zealand

Auckland - Monday, 8 April 2019

Naumi Hotel Auckland Airport
153 Kirkbride Road, Mangere

Price & Registration

Australian Registrations (AUD)

Standard Price

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

NOTE: The multi-attendee discount applies when more than 3 people register AT THE SAME TIME. The fourth and subsequent delegates will receive the discounted rate.

New Zealand Registrations (NZD)

Standard Price
$395.00pp + GST

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

NOTE: The multi-attendee discount applies when more than 3 people register AT THE SAME TIME. The fourth and subsequent delegates will receive the discounted rate.

Registration process

Australian registrations will be Invoiced, and payment can be made by direct transfer. Sorry, we are unable to process credit card payments for the Australian event.

New Zealand bookings payment is by credit card only. If your organisation requires an Invoice, please contact us.

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: 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 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.

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Further Details

Resources will be emailed to participants prior to the workshop.

Arrival Tea & Coffee, Morning tea and lunch are included. Workshops run 9.00am - 3.30pm, with registrations from 8.30am.

Please let us know at the time registration if you have any special dietary requirements.

Please Note: At the Cairns venue, vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options will be available. Other special dietary requirements are unable to be catered for, however you are welcome to bring your own snacks and lunch.

What is SafeSide?

SafeSide is an evidence-informed approach to caring interaction, assessment and support for youth and adults at risk for suicide. 

The framework provides a common language and simple, practical steps so everyone is ready and clear-minded when patients disclose suicidal thinking.

Four core tasks incorporate best practices for supporting people at risk for suicide—no matter what your setting or role: Connect, Assess, Respond, and Extend.

The Care Framework also applies “fluid vulnerability theory” by focusing attention on identifying a person’s available resources and foreseeable changes—triggers that could increase risk—and how to plan for these.

The innovation at the heart of the Care Framework is a risk formulation model developed by SafeSide founder Anthony R. Pisani, Ph.D. and colleagues Daniel Murrie, Ph.D. and Morton M. Silverman, M.D. The Care Framework expands on the Commitment to Living (CTL) curriculum developed by Dr. Pisani.

For video-based suicide prevention training with ongoing expert interaction, please visit the Safeside website: https://safesideprevention.com.

The Evidence

SafeSide is an evidence-informed framework that brings many different best practices and, where available, evidence-based practices under a common framework. Skills and practices are all based in basic or applied suicide prevention research. Patient outcome data is not yet available for any broad-based suicide prevention training, but ours is one of the only programs with evidence of educational outcomes. 

In 2011, Dr Pisani published a study calling for greater attention to the transfer of training from skill-building to patient care outcomes (Pisani et al, 2011). He developed and tested Commitment to Living as a step in this direction by being the first clinical training that demonstrated skill improvements through objectively-rated documentation samples (Pisani et al, 2012). Risk formulation (Pisani et al, 2016) was an important part of Commitment to Living. This work continues to evolve and is currently the focus of an AHRQ grant that Dr Wendi Cross and Dr Pisani are leading to test an online adaptation of this training (AHRQ HS024224), which eventually became SafeSide. 

Preliminary data from this study are promising, with a manuscript currently in preparation. Dr Pisani also conducted research about the effectiveness of facilitated video learning (Conner, Wood, Pisani, & Kemp et al, 2013) that supported the approach he took with the development of SafeSide.   

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