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Event Details - Preventing Suicide Using the Solution Focused Approach - Brisbane, 10 October 2019

Title: Preventing Suicide Using the Solution Focused Approach - Brisbane, 10 October 2019
Type of Activity: Workshops & Seminars
Objective of Course / Workshop:

Over 600 New Zealanders and 3,000 Australians take their lives every year, with countless more experiencing suicidal ideas or acting on these thoughts in the form of non-fatal suicide attempts.


Interestingly, studies have shown that around 60% of those who die by suicide, speak to a helping professional in the weeks prior to their death. All human services professionals need a framework for assessing and intervening with suicidal clients, to ensure that these opportunities for intervention are utilized for the maximum benefit of their at-risk clients.

Course / Workshop Outline:

Following the success of his workshops, John Henden presents a one-day workshop on Preventing Suicide Using the Solution Focused approach – a unique approach to working with the suicidal person which reduces both suicidal thinking, and the sense of burden on the helper.


This workshop specifically aims to reduce suicide rates amongst those contemplating suicide and to teach the basic tools and techniques of the solution-focused approach to those working with suicidal persons, or those directly supporting suicidal persons. It will also provide tools and skills, that can be implemented immediately, that reduce the sense of burden on those supporting the suicidal person.


This one-day workshop will focus on the practical side of preventing suicide using this approach. There will be some powerful solution-focused techniques demonstrated, followed by interactive role play by participants.


This workshop is also being held in Melbourne on the 7 October 2019

OPD points: 5
Course / Workshop content:

John will cover:


·         How we can tell whether someone is suicidal, rather than simply depressed.

·         Empathy and Deep empathy.

·         The 3 core conditions for effective communication and rapid rapport building.

·         Questions to elicit suicidal ideation.

·         Sample questions to ask once suicidal ideation has been established.

·         Effective Solution Focused techniques in suicide prevention.

·         10 key points to cover in the first session.

·         Generating other possibilities, alongside the suicide option, as potential solutions to difficulties.

·         ‘Going with’ the suicidal person.

·         Being as effective as possible.

·         Graveside Scenario.

·         Ending a session positively and constructively.


He will demonstrate practical examples of the above, and in addition, cover dealing with the trauma around suicide.


At the conclusion of this workshop, attendees will:


·         Have a good grasp of the basic concepts of the solution focused approaches to the suicidal person.

·         Be confident enough to apply at least three of the solution focused skills learnt, with immediate effect, into their current working practice.

·         Feel more comfortable in their dealings with people who want to talk about suicide or self-harm as an option for dealing with their difficulties.

·         Appreciate the value and importance of optimism within themselves, even when dealing with the most tragic of human circumstances confronting them.


Testimonials (2018)


"It was the best suicide prevention training/seminar I have attended. Very well done and really good tools"


"Fantastic presenter. Very knowledgeable and expert in his field yet very humble an down to earth. Can we clone him to set up a suicide prevention agency in New Zealand please"


"Excellent speaker, great subject and delivered in an engaging fashion- I really appreciated putting this to practice and attending such a solutions focused workshop"


"John was absolutely fantastic. I have attended every suicide workshop I could over the past few years, and this one was by far the most beneficial, useful, and practically applicable"


This workshop is suitable for:

Front-line staff working in social services, health, education and law enforcement: Key Workers, Unit Managers, Mental Health Nurses, Social Workers, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, RTLB Teachers, General Practitioners, Therapists, Emergency Room staff, Telephone Helpline staff, Residential Care Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Practicing Counsellors, Police and Probation Officers.


Also, volunteers, and those who have the lived-experience of supporting whanau who are suicidal, and anyone who wants to learn simple yet effective tools to help those at risk.

Visit us here:

Start/End Date: 10/10/2019 to 10/10/2019
Time: 09:00:00 - 15:30:00
Presenter / Provider: John Henden
Contact Name: Nathalie van Dort
Contact Phone: +64 6 878 3456
Contact Email:
Qualifications: John Henden has a background in psychology, is a qualified counsellor and a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. For over 20 years he worked within the NHS both as a clinician and in management roles before establishing his training and consultancy firm

He regularly presents on a range of solution focused topics in different international forums, and has received particular acclaim for his work on solution focused suicide prevention and intervention.


John is an author, and his best-selling book ‘Preventing Suicide: The Solution Focused Approach’, is now into its second edition.


His energetic and captivating presentation style, utilizing multiple teaching mediums, ensures delegates will leave equipped to incorporate this ground-breaking intervention model immediately, into their work with at-risk people.


This training will be of benefit to all who come into contact with suicidal people regardless of their agency setting.

Address: Park Regis Brisbane
Address 2: 293 North Quay
Suburb: Brisbane City
State: QLD
Postcode: 4000
Parking: Paid
Is there disability parking and entry? Yes
Are meals included with this event? Yes
If yes, what meals? Morning / Afternoon Tea & Lunch
Registration URL:
Cost ($): Earlybird - $220.00, Standard - $250.00
Registration Instruction (if applicable):

Note: Earlybird for Melbourne and Brisbane finishes - Thursday, 26 September 2019



Attend Preventing Suicide and Severe Trauma and Stress Recovery workshops in 1 location (Melbourne or Brisbane) and pay only $390 AUD to attend both. Book and pay by 26 September. Visit the website to book both workshops


There are 3 easy steps to complete the online booking process and upon completion of your registration, you will receive an automated confirmation email. If you have any issues or questions about your booking, please contact Nathalie van Dort on +.64 6 878 3456 or email:

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