The death by suicide of a client is often one of the greatest fears of clinicians who work with people who are struggling with suicidal thoughts and actions. This anxiety can often impact clinicians in ways that lead to burnout and avoidance, and interfere with our ability to do this work. This DBT-oriented interactive and experiential training will focus on responding to a client suicide. The session will take place across 2.5 hours, with a 10-minute break in the middle. Participants will be asked to complete a brief survey at the start and end. The session includes group discussion, didactic content on the experience of clinicians bereaved by suicide, suicide postvention recommendations, and the graded practice of a cope-ahead plan related to a client you’re worried about. This involves imaginal rehearsal of responding to a client suicide, and will be followed by self-soothe activities and reflection.
This training is for clinicians and teams who work with high-risk individuals, and/or who have lost a client to suicide, and want an opportunity to reflect, process, and learn in a non-judgmental atmosphere. The training includes a 15 minute break.
A note about team registrations.
The death of a client affects the whole team so we would encourage all members of a team to attend. To assist, we will waive the registration fees for additional team members when at least four of the team enrol and have paid. If four of your team have already registered and paid, then complete the sign-up and email us stating the names of your team members who have already registered and paid. Then we will waive your fees. This offer is for DBT consultations teams and other clinical teams who work together to provide client care. We may cap the number of additional places if demand exceeds the places available.
About our Webinars:
Our online Zoom trainings are designed to support practitioners in their DBT-related practice and professional development. A single DBT trainer will present an area of DBT study and progress its application to your context. Events may involve activities, discussion and Q+A for participants. There will be a maximum of 25 participants for each event. You will need a suitable device with a webcam and a reliable internet connection capable of streaming 'youtube' style video. When registered, we will send more information about the process of joining and participating in the Zoom meeting.
Note: if this training is sold out then you will be able to join a waitlist. If we repeat this training then those on the waiting list will be the first to be offered a place for the new training.
Dr Emily Cooney is a clinical psychologist who has worked in the US, the UK, and New Zealand with children and adults in a range of inpatient and outpatient settings, with a particular focus on DBT. She is a senior lecturer at the Otago School of Medicine at Wellington, and an assistant clinical professor at the Yale School of Medicine. Emily served as a research therapist on two trials of DBT under Dr Marsha Linehan, and was the principal investigator on two DBT feasibility trials in New Zealand. One examined DBT for self-harming adolescents, and the other trialled DBT skills training for men with anger-related problems. She provides training in DBT via Behavioral Tech as well as DBTNZ, and loves working in Aotearoa.
You can contact us with any enquiries about this training.