Supporting Those Bereaved By Suicide

Supporting Those Bereaved By Suicide
Type: Workshop
Location: The Rocks, NSW
Presenter: Karl Andriessen
Level: Intermediate
Audience: Social workers, counsellors, bereavement counsellors, psychologists

Workshop Overview: Supporting those bereaved by Suicide

The issue of suicide continues to raise feelings of fear, doubt and confusion (among other feelings) in our society. Research indicates that people bereaved through suicide are at greater risk of suicide themselves. In contrast to this, many people bereaved through suicide become the greatest advocates for suicide prevention strategies in our community.

This workshop will lead participants through a brief history of how our society has responded to suicide and consider the ways in which this influences how we respond to the needs of those bereaved through suicide today. The notion of effective grief and bereavement support as a suicide prevention strategy will be explored, with strategies offered to re-enforce this idea. The workshop will engage participants in understanding the particular issues and questions that arise for those bereaved through suicide and the ways in which they can be addressed.

Learning Outcomes: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to:

Describe the ways in which our society has historically responded to suicide and the influence of these responses on the suicide bereaved,       
Identify and describe the range of issues, questions and experiences that face the suicide bereaved
Identify effective support strategies for, and resources that can be used by, those bereaved through suicide,
Utilise an understanding of suicide and suicide bereavement to inform effective grief and bereavement support and suicide prevention strategies for the suicide bereaved

Presenter Bio: Karl Andriessen

Karl is a well-known researcher and trainer in the field of suicide bereavement and prevention, and has worked in Belgium, Australia, and internationally. He is particularly interested in connecting findings from research and practice, as both perspectives are useful in understanding what works in suicide bereavement support. His involvement is strongly rooted in clinical practice, starting 30 years ago as a Social Worker in youth and family counselling, and telephone crisis lines, followed by leading positions in suicide prevention, helplines, community mental health centres, and policy development. 

He holds a Master in Suicidology from Griffith University, Brisbane (2006), and obtained his PhD from the School of Psychiatry, University of New South Wales, in 2018, on a study investigating the grief, mental health, and help-seeking of adolescents bereaved by suicide and other causes of death. 

Karl has published widely, and is the principal editor of “Postvention in action”, the world first “International handbook of suicide bereavement support” (Hogrefe, 2017). He is an advisor to several Australian projects in the field of mental health, suicide prevention and bereavement. Currently, he is an NHMRC Early Career Fellow at the Centre for Mental Health, the University of Melbourne. 
Workshop Details

Venue: Karstens Sydney
111 Harrington Street

Date: Wednesday 6th November, 2019

Times: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Prices - Early Bird Pricing Announced 

ACGB is pleased to announce that we now have an early bird price point available for our remaining workshops in 2019. We have decided to introduce early bird pricing to make our workshops more accessible for those in the industry. 

Early Bird Pricing: 

  • $295.00 for ACGB Members 
  • $340.00 for non members

*These prices will end two weeks before the date of the workshop. After this date the regular pricing will be applied. 
For further information, please email or call 03 9265 2100. 

Standard Pricing: 
ACGB member: $340.00
Non-member price: $395.00

Cancellation and Refund Policy

The Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement reserves the right to cancel education programs that do not achieve minimum participation, in which case all fees will be refunded.

Registration cancellations will not be accepted unless made in writing to the centre. Cancellations made more than thirty (30) days prior to the event date will be refunded less 25% of the registration fee to cover administration costs. 

No registration refunds will be made after this date.
Karstens, Sydney 111 Harrington Street The Rocks NSW 2000 AUSTRALIA

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