This is a website for practitioners working with suicidality. If you are feeling suicidal or looking for guidance to help someone you know who is suicidal, please call
Suicide Call Back Service 1300 65 94 67
or vist the Lifeline website https://www.lifeline.org.au
Latest news for Suicide Risk Assessment Australia
If you're looking for something specific - please feel free to let me know - I'm always looking for ways to support practitioners in their work. Our team are always ready to deliver training or supervision. Terrena is taking some well earned extended leave in the coming months, whereby we will welcome her back to our programs in 2017 with her extensive skills in the alcohol and substance use sector.
This months workshops
We offer fantastic, evidence based and experiential training in all aspects of suicide risk assessment and prevention.
Our workshops are tailored to your needs, with small groups to ensure you achieve your goals. With comprehensive booklets, case example discussion and exercises based on current assessment and intervention frameworks and psychometrics, we know you are getting the best training available. We can also tailor workshops for your service.
Legal and Ethical Aspects to Suicide Risk Assessment
Sydney - Friday 6 May 2016
Suicide Risk and Substance Use
Perth - Friday 13 May 2016
Foundations to Suicide Risk Assessment
Wagga Wagga - Thursday 25 May 2016
Children, Adolescents and Suicidal Behaviour
Wagga Wagga - Friday 26 May 2016
2016 Addictions Conference
Gold Coast - 18 - 20 May 2016
2016 National Suicide Prevention Conference
Canberra 26 July - 28 July 2016
17th International Mental Health Conference
Gold Coast - 10 - 12 August 2016
Articles and News
Carmen Betterridge and Fleur Taylor wrote an article for February 2016 edition of Inpsych "Adopting a Developmental Lens" - considering suicidality in children and young people. This article was well received with a number of practitioners making contact with SRAA requesting information and registering for our Children, Adolescents and Suicidal Behaviour workshops.
Dr Kaine Grigg represents our Western Australia branch of SRAA and is looking forward to deliving workshops in Perth in coming months. He too contributed to the February 2016 edition of Inpsych with an article co-authored with Prof. James Ogloff titled "Considerations for suicide prevention in Australian prisions". This article is an excellent insight into Dr Grigg's skills and experience around suicide risk assessment in one of the most challenging environments.
Contributions continue to be made with respect to new and emerging information and insights available through our Newsletter and on LinkedIn. Feel free to request articles to be written on a specific topic.
What do we do?
In case you missed the breadth of our services! Suicide Risk Assessment Australia is a provider of supervision services, consultation services and best practice workshops on psychological assessment with a specialisation in suicide risk formulation. We offer specialist assessment services, demonstrating superior skills in undertaking thorough, evidence based clinical psychological assessment specifically assessing suicide risk offering targeted treatment recommendations from children through to elderly. Supervision can be Skype, telephone or in person, depending on your circumstances. Carmen is also an AHPRA Registered Supervisor (Psychogist), so if you need to focus your skills in the area of suicide risk assessment, please get in touch (see top right of this page).
Suicide Risk Assessment Australia's goal is to reduce the incidence of suicide through clear and accurate identification, appropriate referral and treatment recommendations targeting those predisposing and acute factors increasing a person's risk. It is our belief that through providing evidenced based training, supervision or consultancy on suicide risk assessment and formulation, practitioners can make a difference in the overall rates of suicide. This is supported by community and workplace appropriate responses to identified need.
We develop workshops that are not your standard "off the shelf" product, mass produced for the average mental health worker. We know that when it comes to working with suicide, emphasising assessment based on "averages" and demographics doesn't work and in fact, disempowers the clinician if their client doesn't conform to "averages". Our team have experience in and are passionate about working in the most challenging of contexts, with clients affected by incarceration, using alcohol and substance, pain and trauma. We want you to walk away with the best training possible, with skills you can directly apply to your work. The team not only have the experience to share, but the qualifications to back their knowledge - we acknowledge their skills and value through remuneration, and hence while our programs may not be free, you know you are getting among the most knowledgable and experienced facilitator practitioners available. If you would like to know our team or look at our philosophy in more depth, see "About SRAA" in the far top right of this page.