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Date(s) - 22/03/2016
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Phoenix Centre Head Office

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Suicide to Hope: A Recovery and Growth Workshop


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Focus: Recovery and growth for persons recently at risk of and currently safe from suicide

Duration: One day (8 hours)

Facilitator: One registered facilitator per 24 participants

Target Audience: Clinicians and other professional caregivers who work with persons recently at risk of and currently safe from suicide

Languages: English

Cost: Free

To register: We have very limited space available. Spots will be given on a first come, first serve basis. Please contact Kim Berry kberry@phoenixctr.com to register for this exciting workshop.

Though ASIST training is not a prerequisite, it is recommended as one way to learn the suicide intervention skills that are necessary for using suicide to Hope’s tools.



We are offering FREE Suicide to Hope training for clinicians and other professional caregivers who work with persons recently at risk of and currently safe from suicide. This one day workshop, created by LivingWorks, provides tools to help these caregivers and persons with experiences of suicide work together to develop achievable and significant recovery and growth goals.

The cost of training is being covered with funding made available from the Ministry of Children and Youth, Suicide Prevention Funding. However, we have not been able to cover lunch costs and so we ask participants to make their own lunch arrangements. There are a number of places to eat nearby, or you can bring your own lunch, or order in.


Why recovery and growth?
Recovery and growth approaches have demonstrated significant positive impacts in mental health, substance abuse, and trauma but have not been developed for use with those recovering from suicide. To meet this need, LivingWorks has developed suicide to Hope: A Recovery and Growth Workshop that will provide clinicians and other professional caregivers with skills to help persons recently at risk identify opportunities for recovery and growth arising out of their experiences with suicide. Workshop process


Workshop process
During suicide to Hope, participants will reflect upon their qualities as a caregiver—the beliefs, values, and attitudes they bring to the relationship. They will also learn about various meanings of suicide experiences and discover the opportunities for recovery and growth they present. More specifically, suicide to Hope is structured around a three phase “Pathway to Hope” model. The first phase, understanding, focuses on exploring and describing barriers to recovery and growth. The second phase, planning, focuses on formulating recovery and growth goals and plans. The third phase, implementing, focuses on monitoring progress and reviewing the process. Clinicians and professional caregivers who attend a suicide to Hope workshop learn how to use this model collaboratively with those they serve. The workshop is highly interactive with a mix of large group and small group discussion and simulations.


Goals and objectives
In the course of the suicide to Hope workshop, participants will learn to:

  • Describe how suicide experiences provide an opportunity for recovery and growth,
  • Recognize how their attitudes might impact the recovery of the people they are trying to help,
  • Describe a schematic of themes related to suicide experiences and a model for developing achievable recovery and growth goals, and
  • Demonstrate use of this model to aid recovery work with a person recently at risk of suicide


Who should participate?
Suicide to Hope is primarily designed for clinicians and other professional caregivers and assumes that participants already have some familiarity with suicide prevention and intervention techniques. The skills learned in the suicide to Hope workshop are designed to complement existing knowledge and experience, and are applicable to caregivers in a wide variety of professional disciplines. They are intended to support clinicians and other professional caregivers who provide help to persons recently at risk of and currently safe from suicide on a long-term basis beyond the first-aid emergency situation. LivingWorks’ two-day ASIST workshop is not a prerequisite for attendance, but is recommended as one way to learn the suicide intervention skills that are necessary for using suicide to Hope’s tools.


Design and development
In designing and testing programs, LivingWorks uses the social research and development model created by Jack Rothman. Major features of this model include an analysis of relevant research to inform program creation, expert feedback, pilot studies, field trials, selection of diffusion method, development of user-ready materials, and dissemination. Each phase provides opportunities to evaluate and refine the program with information collected from a variety of stakeholders and end-users. While this process requires time and significant resources, its use ensures that LivingWorks’ programs are well conceived, practical, and effective. suicide to Hope went through the program creation to user materials phases in 2013-14. As of the beginning of 2015, the workshop is now available to the public. The diffusion method (Training for Facilitators—T4F) testing is underway with the plan to make the suicide to Hope T4F available to the public in late 2015 / early 2016.


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