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Working with suicide with Kirstie Adamson

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom online.

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Suicide is on the increase and Samaritans say that more understanding can help support those at risk. 4 in 5 of all suicides in UK are by men (ONS). In 2015, 6,188 suicides were registered in the UK (ONS). Actual figures are probably far larger because of the amount of deaths registered as misadventure.

Duncan Selbie, chief executive of Public Health England, said: "Suicide is the leading cause of death for men under 50, and more women are taking their own lives each year. Death by suicide is never inevitable, but for a person who is overwhelmed by feelings and events that appear insurmountable, it can seem like the only answer.”

Working with a suicidal client can raise many issues. This workshop will help you look at how to assess risk when working with a suicidal client and be clear what your responsibilities are. We will consider the implications and issues about breaking confidentiality and will look at any relevant legal issues.

During this workshop we will be able to explore the following questions:

  1. How do you assess risk especially in men?
  2. What do you do when you think your client is going to kill him/herself? How does it impact you? What are your feelings?
  3. What are your responsibilities legal and otherwise?
  4. When do you break confidentiality?

Suicide and the threat of suicide can be challenging and frightening for therapists. This day will provide an opportunity to discuss issues around suicide especially in men, both in terms of practical risk assessment, and the emotional impact that it can have on you, the therapist. The day will include paired exercises, small group exercises and some whole group discussions. Clinical examples will be given throughout. The workshop will:

  • Help you look at how to assess risk when working with a suicidal client
  • Get clear what your responsibilities are
  • Consider the implications and issues about breaking confidentiality
  • Look at any relevant legal issues

Comments from previous participants:

  • "Very useful, practical course; led by an extremely competent and empathic tutor."
  • "An essential day for anyone intending to set up in private practice."
  • "This workshop was informative and containing, supportive."

Workshop Leader

Kirstie Adamson works full time as a counsellor and supervisor in a variety of settings. She trained originally integratively and has since done further training particularly in trauma including Somatic Experiencing, Constellations and online counselling. She works part-time in private practice specialising in working with adoptive families, with trauma and working creatively. She is also Deputy Head of Wellbeing at the University of West of England.

In addition, she previously worked for many years providing counselling in a safe house for sex workers, at a secondary school and in an adoption agency. Prior to that she worked as a lawyer for over 15 years specialising in family and children law. She contributed to the BACP books Therapists in Court and Record Keeping and the forthcoming book on Online supervision by Karnac. For her Masters she completed research in how emotions affect our ability to learn. She is currently writing a novel.

Target Audience:

This workshop is open to training and qualified counsellors and psychotherapists.  Please note that by booking on this workshop you agree to keep all discussion confidential.   

Applications must be received by Thursday, 3rd February 2021. 

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If you experience any problems during the application process then please contact events@wpf.org.uk.