The straight talking un-PC Guide to working with Suicidal Youth.

Imagine, you are in your office. Other staff bring in a student with casts on both arms, hospitalised earlier in the week after a serious suicide attempt. His parents are with him. They are distraught. The student is glaring at you, swearing, yelling that all professionals are useless, and we just need to let him die. He has intent, an immediate plan, and determination.

Francis Jamieson, private practice Psychotherapist/Supervisor/Professional trainer, HOD Counsellor East Auckland School and author of "A Practical Guide to Working with Suicidal Youth, A New Zealand Perspective" 2013 presents a one-day workshop which will demonstrate the power of potent relationship building and the importance of this in keeping our suicidal tamariki safe and alive. An in-vivo role play will model style/interventions and strategies that promote the vital connection that is needed to change the minds of those determined to die by suicide - to seeing the point of living.

The workshop aims to model experiential psychotherapeutic techniques that can pull young people back from the brink. It focuses on what you as a therapist can do and how you can make the difference.

Your course fee includes a free PDF copy of the book  "A Practical Guide to Working with Suicidal Youth, A New Zealand Perspective"  F. Jamieson. 2013.

Learning Outcomes

The key concepts explored include:

  • Connection, the importance of relationship, transparency, honesty, vitality, touching the soul, intuition, spirituality, keeping it real, humour, and keeping self-care simple.
  • Aspects of teenage development, and in particular dysfunction, which may influence suicidal thinking.
  • Why so many New Zealand youth contemplate ending their lives - the three areas being; the meta-level, common issues faced, and potential triggers are explored. From the issues discussed, the workshop also highlights possible thought changing conversations people can have to promote new positive pro-life thinking.

There will be time for questions, and debate, and should time allow, difficult scenarios may also be offered in the form of role-play

The Practical Guide to working with Suicidal Youth workshop is worth 20 points/6.5 hours CPD

We are taking Expressions of Interest in this workshop being held in other locations.
Please contact us if you are interested in attending in another region.

Who Should Attend

This workshop is useful for both health and education professionals and others who are faced with needing to support those at serious risk of suicide. Front-line staff working with youth in schools, social services, health, and law enforcement including:

  • Teachers, School Counsellors, RTLB Teachers, School Nurses
  • Licensed Practicing Counsellors, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Psychotherapists, Mental Health Nurses, Therapists, Family Therapists
  • General Practitioners, Case Workers, Social Workers, and Youth Workers
  • Emergency Room staff
  • Police and Probation Officers
  • Key Workers, Unit Managers
  • Telephone Helpline staff
  • Volunteers, and those who are supporting whanau who are suicidal.

Francis Jamieson

Francis Jamieson, (Bachelor of Arts, Certificate of Proficiency in Teaching People with Special Needs (Applied Behavioural Analysis based), Graduate Diploma Psychotherapy, Advanced Supervision Training), has worked in mental health for the last 37 years.

His journey started with working for the IHC and after completing his BA and CPTIH, he became a Consultant for people with Special Needs.

After counselling many caregivers in this capacity, he studied Applied Psychotherapy at AUT and  managed/facilitated the Man Alive Adolescent Programme for Youth at Risk in West Auckland. 

He has worked as a family therapist and has a small private practice where he offers supervision for counsellors and psychotherapists, and trains other health professionals in working with clients with ADHD, Working with Trauma, and Suicidal Thinking. He also offers workshops for parent groups, and other interested parties, and has worked as a private consultant both for institutions and in private homes, training/supporting staff/people with clients experiencing extreme behavioural challenges.

His workshops have been described as empowering, educational, challenging, confronting, entertaining, authentic, informative, and practice changing.

They are based on personal/professional experience – his.

Date & Location

15 September 2020  (was 18 August)

Te Papa, Ngā Wāhi Ākonga
Moa Room
20 Upper Main Drive

Access to Upper Main Drive is via Raiha Street, Porirua (Lower Main Drive is currently blocked off)

Flat drive-on access, with free carparking directly outside the venue.

Workshops run 9.00am - 3.30pm, with registration and Welcome tea & coffee from 8.30am.

We are taking Expressions of Interest in this workshop being held in other locations.
Please contact us if you are interested in attending in another region.


“Francis is a vitalising presenter who educates, entertains and enskills in his presentations. His deep knowing of suicide and youth makes him an important contributor to the awareness and skills required in this important work.” 
Warwick Pudney. Lecturer, Counsellor, Writer, Creator of Man Alive, Social Change Activist.

Amazon reviews on Francis's Book: "A Practical Guide to working with Suicidal Youth, A New Zealand Perspective."

“This was a very insightful read. Frank, honest, and totally accessible. It takes a lot of the “mystery” of therapy away and gives a refreshing window into what can be achieved. I hope to see more of this author in the future.”
- Nigel

“This short book is packed full of practical ideas based on a well thought out and well tested rationale all backed up by enthralling and often tear jerking real stories. It is written in such an accessible language and is such a pleasant departure from the wooden style of many clinical books. This book could have an impact well beyond the shores of New Zealand.”
- MM Chamberlin, Youth Worker. 

YOUR COURSE FEE INCLUDES A FREE COPY OF THE BOOK - One week prior to the event you will be emailed a PDF copy of the book "A Practical Guide to Working with Suicidal Youth, A New Zealand Perspective"  F. Jamieson. 2013 as pre-reading for the workshop.

Price & Registration

One Day Workshop
Standard Price - $275.00 + GST

If you are sending 3 or more delegates, please email us for a discounted rate.

Please Note: If you are MHAID service staff with either Capital & Coast DHB, or HV DHB please contact as your registration will be paid via Invoice.

Registration process

Payment online is by VISA, Mastercard or American Express debit or 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 027 607 3000 or email:

We work hard to ensure that all workshops are cost effective by automating our systems. If you require an invoice (rather than paying by debit or credit card) there will be a $20.00 + GST surcharge for this, and you will need to supply:

  1. The full name and postal address required to appear on the invoice.
  2. The contact name and email of the person(s) responsible for authorising this expense and approving payment.
  3. Any purchase order references required on vendor invoices.

Please email  if you would like to reserve a place, as our workshops fill quickly. 

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). 

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

Arrival tea & coffee, morning tea and lunch are included.

Should you have special dietary needs, please let us know when you register.

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 either prior to or following the workshop.

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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