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Preventing Suicide:
Psychotherapeutic approaches to helping people at risk of dying from despair

Saturday 4 February 2017

09.30   Registration and coffee
10.00   Dr Eoin Galavan

Establishing a suicide specific treatment service in mental health care
This talk will overview evidence for the effectiveness of suicide-specific interventions, the Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicide (CAMS) model, the evidence base for its effectiveness and a description of the process of establishing a service based on this model in public adult mental health care. Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicide is an evidenced based collaborative approach to risk assessment and therapeutic management of suicidality. It provides evidence of decreasing suicidality and has been successfully trialled internationally in multiple settings. The CAMS is not a new type of psychotherapy rather a therapeutic framework that can be utilised by all mental health professionals regardless of therapeutic orientation.
11.15   Coffee
11.45   Dr Eoin Galavan

Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicide
This talk overviews the practical reality of managing suicidality using the CAMS model, offering specific case examples. Specific 'drivers' of individual's suicidality will be explored and the strategies used to help resolve suicidality by focusing on these. The role of risk assessment and risk management will also be discussed in light of specific cases.
13.00   Lunch (not Included)
14:15   Dr Christine Dunkley

Therapy with the suicidal client - a dialectical approach
A dialectical approach proposes that at many levels thinking about suicide makes perfect sense; the client has a problem that they cannot face and being dead means they will no longer have it. On the other hand death deprives that person of more than just the problem. This 2-part presentation will offer some principles based on Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and give a demonstration of how to balance acceptance and change in the therapy session, gradually moving the client towards staying alive.

PART 1 "Thank you for trying to help me"
I know you have done your best. The thing is, I just can't face going on any more, I'm going to kill myself." This is one of the most challenging problems that clients can bring to therapy, and fortunately (unless you specialise in dealing with suicidal clients) it is not that common. There are guidelines from the international research community on what responses can help reduce the chance of dying. Dialectical Behaviour Therapy offers a protocol balancing principles of acceptance and change to edge the client away from the cliff edge and towards a life worth living.
15.30   Tea
15:45   Dr Christine Dunkley

PART 2 "I just can't see a way out of this"
Helping a client deal with hopeless thoughts can be a recurrent feature of treating suicidality. As just one feature of suicidality it can be helpful to be able to distinguish between different types of hopelessness, and to understand how they pull the client away from more effective problem-solving. The dialectician works by mindfully assessing the influences that move the client closer to or further from suicidal actions and countering them. At the same time there is a need to remain genuine; acknowledging the validity in the client's position.
17.00   End

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Self-funded: £130
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CPD Hours

Certificates of attendance for 6 hours will be provided at the event

Grange Fitzrovia Hotel
Bolsover Street

09.30 Registration and coffee
10:00 Start
11:15 Coffee
13:00 Lunch
15:30 Tea
17:00 End