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

Online - Wednesday 10 November, 9am - 2pm

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.

The following peak bodies and organisations recognise that the training we offer is of a high quality, evidence based and relevant for their members CPD.

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 counselling and psychotherapy, as well as supervision for counsellors and psychotherapists.  He trains other health professionals in working with clients with ADHD, working with trauma, and suicidal thinking.  He has worked as a private consultant both for institutions and in private homes, training/supporting staff/people with clients experiencing extreme behavioural challenges.  He facilitates workplace mediations either off or onsite.

He offers workshops for professional groups.  Topics include suicide prevention, self care, workplace self care and conflict resolution.  Workshops for parent groups are also available.  Francis is prepared to do tailored workshops onsite. 

His workshops have been described as empowering, educational, challenging, confronting, entertaining, authentic, informative, and practice changing.  They are based on personal/professional experience – his.

He is a proficient author and has written "A Practical Guide to Working with Suicidal Youth, a New Zealand Perspective".  He also co authors and editors and enjoys helping writers with their projects.

Dates & Locations

Wednesday 10 November, 9am - 2pm

Online via Zoom, login details will be sent to you once you have registered.


"Wonderful, passionate presenter. Thank you for your energy and genuine passion for this topic. Your energy has been passed on to me and I am using that to drive my work in supporting our people and their well-being. Many thanks"
Jenna, Corrections

"Fantastic workshop, learnt heaps, Francis was very well spoken and kept the audience interested/entertained at all times, using humor at times, giving us lots of ideas of how to communicate with suicidal youth and how to get them to open up, using age appropriate communication"

"Francis' ideas on non PC ways of connecting with young people was incredibly helpful and inspirational"
Penelope, Barnados

YOUR COURSE FEE INCLUDES A FREE COPY OF THE BOOK - 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 for the workshop.

Price & Registration

Standard Price - $190 inclusive of GST

Registration process
Payment online is by Debit or Credit Card: VISA, Mastercard or American Express only and there are 3 easy steps to complete the online booking process.

Our registration platform is hosted by Lil Regie, our NZ based booking agent. Upon completing your registration by hitting the blue 'Confirm Booking' button, you will receive an automated email confirming the booking and amount paid by credit card. A GST Tax Invoice showing your payment in full will also be emailed to you.

If you have any issues or questions about your booking, please contact Feona Horrex on 0272 040425 or email:

Invoicing Information
We work hard to ensure that all workshops are cost effective by automating our systems. If your organisation is unable to use our automated booking system and pay by credit/debit card and therefore require an invoice instead to pay by direct bank credit, there will be a $25.00 inc GST surcharge for this, and you will need to supply the following please:

The full name and postal address required to appear on the invoice.
The contact name and email of the person(s) responsible for authorising this expense and approving payment.
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 $60.00 inc GST per attendee 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 via email.
Training is cancellable by GROW with 3 days’ notice if a minimum number of attendees is not met and full refunds will be provided.
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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