New Thoughts on Old Problems in Suicide Prevention with internationally acclaimed suicidologist Shawn Shea, MD

One Day Workshops, August 2018
New Zealand - Auckland / Wellington / Christchurch
Australia - Brisbane & Mackay

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 as he describes some of the newest approaches to preventing suicide.

From understanding matrix treatment planning as a means of preventing suicide, to learning the ins and outs of using the Chronological Assessment of Suicide Events (CASE Approach) from its creator, participants will enjoy the compelling videos and challenging ideas of one of the most popular speakers in mental health today.

Dr. Shea will be presenting one of his full day training's which appears on the Zero Suicide website’s training options list. This full-day workshop consisting of 4 segments, will provide front-line clinicians with the state of the art skills necessary to tackle some of the most difficult clinical situations facing experienced clinicians regarding suicide assessment and prevention, treatment planning, and building resiliency.

The segments:

  • The Art of Matrix Treatment Planning and the Quest for Happiness: Suicide Prevention in a New Light
  • New Ideas on Effectively Using Risk and Protective Factors in the Clinical Formulation of Risk
  • Innovative Interviewing Techniques for Uncovering Suicidal Ideation and the Taboo Topics that Create It
  • The Delicate Art of Eliciting Suicidal Ideation: The Chronological Assessment of Suicide Events

All interviewing techniques will be clearly demonstrated through the use of videotape examples from actual client interviews.

Learning Objectives for Delegates.
Attendees will:

  • Be able to apply the principles of matrix treatment planning to enhance resiliency in both the client and the clinician including principles such as healing matrix effects, damaging matrix effects, and the red herring principle.
  • Use the current state of the art regarding; risk, protective factors, and warning signs to better formulate suicide risk.
  • Recognise and be able to utilise seven interviewing techniques for uncovering sensitive and taboo material; normalisation, shame attenuation, the behavioural incident, gentle assumption, denial of the specific, the catch-all question, and symptom amplification.
  • Flexibly apply the CASE Approach to uncover hidden suicidal ideation, actions, and intent as well as uncovering a dangerous patient’s hidden method of choice for suicide.

Who Should Attend

This training is appropriate for psychiatrists, counsellors, psychologists, social workers, psychiatric nurses, case managers, substance abuse counsellors, and all mental health trainees.

What Other Attendees have said about Dr Shea’s Workshops

“Invaluable information, presented by a speaker who was tremendously engaging, personal, and dynamic.”
Dr Nick Miraidi, Ph.D. Psychologist

“One of the most effectively taught continuing education programs I’ve attended in twelve years. Practical interviewing and supervision techniques taught with a refreshing sense of humour and humanity.”
Susan Rice, L.I.C.S.W.

“The best single training session I’ve attended in thirty years of being a teacher and psychologist.”
James Lewis, Ed.D.

“Very helpful, practical. I feel this will be applicable immediately and will be profoundly useful.”
Dr Paul Maguire, Psychiatric Resident

“A refreshing approach to presenting clinically relevant material. I especially appreciated the sense of compassion displayed and the holistic perspective modelled.”
Patricia Quinlan, School Social Worker

About the Presenter

Shawn Shea is an internationally acclaimed innovator in the fields of suicide prevention, clinical interviewing, and enhancing the therapeutic alliance 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, 3rd Edition 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.

Dates & Locations

New Zealand
Auckland – Wednesday, 15 August 2018 - Naumi Auckland Airport Hotel, Auckland
Wellington – Thursday, 16 August 2018 - CQ Hotel, Wellington
Christchurch – Friday, 17 August 2018 - Sudima Airport Hotel, Christchurch

Brisbane - Monday, 20 August 2018 - Griffith University - Logan Campus
Mackay - Friday, 24 August 2018 - Mackay Base Hospital

Workshops run 9.00am – 4.00pm
Registrations from 8.30am

Price & Registration

New Zealand Registrations (NZD)
Investment: $395.00 pp + GST
Second and subsequent delegates from the same organisation discount - $350.00pp + GST
Full-time Students $295.00 pp + GST (student identification will be requested)

New Zealand registrations can choose to pay by credit card, or your organisation be invoiced. 

Australian Registrations (AUD)
Investment: $395.00 pp 
Second and subsequent delegates from the same organisation discount - $350.00pp
Full-time Students $295.00 pp (student identification will be requested)

Australian registrations will be Invoiced.

There are 3 easy steps to complete the online booking process, and you will be prompted to enter your invoicing details 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 +.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, 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. 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 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.

Further Details

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.


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For further details, please contact:
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Phone: 06 878 3456