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

Workshops Across NZ 2019

Auckland - Wellington - Christchurch​

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people 12 – 24 years. We believe we can change this!

Schools are an ideal location to identify and respond to suicide risk. Because of the tension between the school’s educational mission and the socio-emotional demands of addressing suicide risk, school counselors often find themselves addressing suicidal crises without clear institutional guidance and support. The purpose of this workshop is to provide an overview of school-based prevention, assessment, intervention and postvention.

In the first half of the day we will discuss a multisystemic framework for understanding a suicidal crisis; the role of the school and school personnel in identifying and responding to student suicide risk; identifying suicide risk factors, protective factors, warning signs, and resilience; and the steps in developing a school crisis response plan with a specific focus on the special situation of a suicidal crisis. We will end the first half reviewing current suicide prevention programs and discussing the state of the evidence.

The second half of the day will review suicide assessment and intervention in a suicidal crisis. We will discuss the purpose and use of a screening tool, risk assessment tool, safety planning tool, and a suicide risk monitoring tool. We will review techniques for eliciting suicidal ideation and intent. Because youth suicidal crises always involve parents/guardians, we will discuss counseling techniques from Attachment-Based Family Therapy (the only family therapy designed to reduce suicidal ideation in youth), and how to respond to parents after telling them that you assessed their child for suicide risk. We will end the day by reviewing postvention. How to respond in the first 24 hours, and the days and months after a suicide death. The workshop will include information about adolescent development, technology and social media, the science of suicide, and suicide prevention resources.

Jonathan Singer is truly a bright light illuminating the future of suicide prevention in schools. He also happens to be a master presenter. Dr. Singer couples an engagingly genuine sense of compassion with a delightfully off-beat sense of humor. He does so while providing compelling illustrations of exquisitely effective strategies for saving a student’s life. My advice is simple. Don’t miss him.

Shawn Christopher Shea, MD
Author of The Practical Art of Suicide Assessment

Learning Outcomes:

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

  • Distinguish between risk factors, warning signs, protective factors and resilience.
  • Discuss the different types of school-based suicide prevention programs.
  • Demonstrate how to use the suicide screening, assessment and risk monitoring tools.
  • Identify key responses in the first 24 hours following a youth suicide.

Dates & Locations:


Thursday 16 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.


Monday 20 May 2019

PACT Group Lower Hutt
31 Kings Crescent
(Second floor of Baby Factory building)

On street parking close to venue $4 for 2 hours. Onstreet further from venue free. 

Hutt Riverbank Carpark 450m from venue. Please be aware if you wish to park at Queensgate Mall please click the link for more information as fines may apply.

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


Thursday 23 May 2019

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: School Counsellors, Teachers, School Leaders, Social Workers, Psychologists, Counsellors, Couples and Family Therapists, Psychiatric Nurses, Psychiatrists, 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. 

Price & Registration

One Day Workshops
Price – $350.00 + 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

Resources will be emailed to participants prior to the workshop.


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.

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