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Responding to Suicide Risk – Ballarat

Responding to clients at risk of suicide can be difficult and challenging. Many of us don’t have a practical framework for responding to clients experiencing suicidality and we can become stressed as a result.

This workshop will be experiential and practical, and participants can expect to come out with the basic skills to respond to client risk, and refer effectively.


- How to identify suicide risk, including signs and symptoms 
- How and when to ask questions about suicide 
- How to respond to acute distress and suicidality 
- Knowing your referral options 
- Cultivating effective debriefing processes and self-care. 
This workshop is tailored to agency needs, for staff exposed to clients at risk. 

This workshop is relevant to ongoing and continuing professional development for counsellors and psychologists may meet the CPD requirements for approximately 7 active CPD points. 



Ms Michelle Doolan, Senior Clinician and Lecturer 

Michelle is a registered and endorsed counselling psychologist, a clinical family therapist (AAFT) and an AHPRA board-approved supervisor and supervision trainer with over 15 years’ experience in community, health and education settings. 

Michelle is experienced in providing treatment for a wide range of social - emotional, and relationship difficulties, including supporting parents and families who have experienced significant change and trauma. Michelle utilises an integrative, client-centred, and strength-based therapeutic approach to work with individuals, couples and families. She incorporates cognitive-behavioural, solution-focussed, relational and systemic approaches, and reflects trauma-informed principles. 

Michelle is also experienced in supervising provisional psychologists and in providing supervision training. 

Date / Time

Tuesday, 23 July 2019, 10.00 am – 5.00 pm


Child & Family Services Ballarat Inc. (CAFS)
115 Lydiard St, North Ballarat, Victoria 3350

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