Uncovering Suicidal Ideation and Other Dangerous Secrets within Schools and Universities

One-Day Workshop - Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Suicide remains one of the most pressing of all mental health problems. Join one of the great innovators in the field of suicide prevention and author of the classic text, The Practical Art of Suicide Assessment, Shawn Shea, as he describes some of the newest approaches to preventing suicide in young people.

This workshop for schools and tertiary education institutions will provide school leaders and counsellors - from high schools to tertiary institutions - with the state of the art skills necessary to tackle some of the most difficult clinical situations facing experienced counsellors regarding suicide assessment.

Topics covered include:

  • The practical use of risk and protective factors in formulating risk
  • Innovative strategies for uncovering suicidal ideation and intent
  • Forensically sound methods for documenting risk
  • Interview strategies for uncovering taboo topics often associated with increased suicide risk such as substance abuse and incest
  • Interviewing tips for spotting dangerous psychotic process both directed towards self and others.

This full-day workshop consists of 4 segments / workshops:

  1. A refreshing look is given to the concept of arriving at a clinical formulation of risk using risk factors, protective factors, and warning signs.
  2. Understanding seven practical validity techniques: normalization, shame attenuation, the behavioural incident, gentle assumption, the catch-all question, denial of the specific and symptom amplification - the cornerstones for effectively eliciting suicidal ideation.
  3. A vivid videotape demonstration will explore how these validity techniques can be woven into a specific strategy for eliciting suicidal ideation – the Chronological Assessment of Suicide Events (the CASE Approach).
  4. The last workshop looks at the puzzling world of psychosis, which often first shows itself in high school and college years.

Learning Objectives for Delegates.
Attendees will:

  • Be able to use the current state of the art regarding risk and protective factors to better formulate suicide risk with students.
  • Understand the "Seven Protective Principles for Suicide Documentation."
  • Recognize and be able to utilize the following seven interviewing techniques for uncovering sensitive and taboo material: normalization, shame attenuation, the behavioral incident, gentle assumption, denial of the specific, the catch-all question, and symptom amplification.
  • Be able to utilize flexible strategies for weaving the above seven validity techniques into effective methods of uncovering sensitive material related to suicide such as antisocial behavior, substance abuse, poor academic performance, history of incest, and violent ideation, while maintaining a powerful engagement.
  • Apply the CASE Approach to uncover the hidden suicidal ideation, planning, intent, and actions of students.
  • Understand and be able to utilize interviewing techniques for spotting delusional mood, delusional perception, the life-cycle of a psychosis, and dangerous psychotic processes including command hallucinations, alien control, and hyper-religiosity as related to suicide and violence towards others.

The speaker is based in the USA, however the material put forward is applicable to all education institutions worldwide.

Who Should Attend

This training is appropriate for school counsellors, school leaders, psychologists, advisors to schools, social workers, psychiatric nurses and substance abuse counsellors. 

About the Presenter

Shawn Shea is an internationally acclaimed leader in the fields of suicide prevention, resiliency clinical interviewing, and improving medication adherence having given over 850 presentations worldwide.

Dr. Shea is the author of seven books and numerous journal articles with his book, The Practical Art of Suicide Assessment, being viewed as one of the classic texts in the field of suicidology.

His most recent book Psychiatric Interviewing: the Art of Understanding was chosen by the Medical Library Association for the Brandon/Hill List (now known as Doody’s Core Titles List) as one of the 16 most important books in the field of psychiatry, and was selected by the British Medical Association as the 2017 Book of the Year in Psychiatry.

With nearly 40 years of clinical experience, including being the former Director of the Diagnostic and Evaluation Centre (the psychiatric emergency room for Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic at the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA), he frequently presents at international Suicidology events, and he is also in private practice.

Price & Registration

Price: $295.00 pp + GST

Full-time Students $275.00 pp + GST (student identification will be requested)

Registrations can choose to pay by credit card, or your organisation be invoiced. 

There are 3 easy steps to complete the online booking process, and you will be prompted to select your option as you go through the payment system.

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

Date & Location

Auckland – Tuesday, 14 August 2018 - Potters Park Events Centre, Auckland

Workshops run 9.00am – 4.00pm
Registrations from 8.30am

Parking:There is limited free, onsite parking and paid parking available close by


Catering and dietary requirements
Arrival tea and coffee, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea are included with your workshop registration.

If you have any dietary requirements, please let us know when you register online and we will ensure we cater for you.

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, you are welcome to send a substitute delegate from your organisation 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. 

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