UniSA have made their online course for Suicide Prevention Training made available to all students in health professions, free of charge. To access, click here and register for the UniSA External Moodle. Further details below.
The Care-Collaborate-Connect Suicide Prevention program aims to equip students with the knowledge, attitudes, skills and confidence to work with people who are distressed, including those who have thoughts of suicide.
It is an 8 module online competency-based training program, requiring students to receive an 80% pass on activities in each module to progress to the next module.
It takes about 5 hours to complete.
Topics covered include: self-care, attending to distress, talking about suicide, coping planning, problem-solving, documentation, ethics and law, and self-management.
Students who complete the program receive a completion certificate.
Examples of feedback provided by those who completed the course include:
- The model has provided a useful framework for understanding suicidality, and how to ask about it in practice. I have implemented the coping assessment and coping planning intervention during my clinical placement, and I particularly like that the approach is client-focused. I like being able to help clients understand why they experience suicidal thoughts in times of distress, as well to help them identify healthy coping strategies they can use when distressed.. In doing this, the main focus of the intervention is on the client's strengths, and whether they need some additional help coping, rather than on whether they are a 'risk' to themselves.
- I have absolutely loved your program. I have found this one of the most interesting and engaging aspects of the Bachelor of Social Work so far. I enjoyed working through it and forgot that I was actually studying whilst completing it due to it being so interactive and providing such practical information that will be able to be applied to my future practice as a social worker.
- I am always struck by this approach and how much it increases my confidence in dealing with suicidality, which I think is one of the greatest strengths.