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Confronting Suicidal Ideation and High Risk Behaviour


Confronting Suicidal Ideation and High Risk Behaviour

Suicide and high risk behavior are increasingly common in individuals with a trauma history. At the same time, many professionals in the helping field report fear or state they feel ill-equipped to manage these issues. There is a need for frank conversation in a non-judgmental setting to explore how we manage these concerns. This training picks up where many suicide intervention workshops leave off.

This training has a particular focus on the human aspects of high risk behavior seen from both the perspective of the client and the professional. It addresses:  research about suicidal ideation and high risk behaviour, talking about suicide with clients and colleagues and suggestions for simple organizational shifts that could make for a more trauma-informed space for all.

Additionally, it will explore suicide progression and practical strategies for identifying where an individual is in the progression, what is most helpful for each stage, as well as the difference between a mental health crisis and a mental health emergency. Suicide attempts and commonly used interventions (such as premature involuntary hospitalization) as forms of trauma will be taken into consideration.

Key Messages:

  1. Suicide and high risk behavior are communicators of unmet needs.
  2. Anyone can support someone who is feeling suicidal or engaging in high risk behaviors.
  3. Being trauma-informed, non-judgmental and using active listening are essential in client care.

CBT-informed and DBT-informed practical strategies shape the takeaways for participants


  1. Recognize elements that influence tendency toward self-destructive behavior and thought patterns.
  2. Implement strategies for calmly discussing and addressing suicidal ideation and high risk behavior with clients and other people supporting those clients in a trauma-informed, non-judgmental way.
  3. Work collaboratively with clients to set up trauma-informed plans for meeting the needs that are at the root of suicidal ideation and high risk behaviors.
  4. Utilize the material to consider how you can create plans for yourself to receive support needed when working with individuals who present with high risk behavior.
  5. Engage in self-exploration to better understand personal strengths and barriers to supporting clients


Elizabeth Scarlett, RP, CFRC (Certified First Responder Counselor)

Elizabeth is a Registered Psychotherapist, Clinical Supervisor, and Community Consultant. In over 15 years in the mental health field, she has honed her skills of working with individuals with complex needs in a wide range of settings. Elizabeth specializes in seeing individuals with extensive trauma histories, suicidal ideation, substance use, and burnout.

Her eclectic formal training includes many modalities such as: CBT, DBT, IFS and EMDR. She also pulls a great deal from narrative, strengths-based and brief solution focused approaches. Despite extensive training in evidence-based practices, Elizabeth’s clients and supervisees will tell you that she is not terribly “by the book” and approaches the work as more of an art than a science. Elizabeth values professionalism, but not at the expense of authenticity.

She is known for her casual, frank and engaging therapeutic and workshop style. She looks for opportunities to bring humor and humanity to even the most intensive topics.


October 27 & 28, 2021

10:00 am – 12:00 pm ET


Member Fee: $113.00 (includes HST)

Non-Member Fee: $141.25 (includes HST)

GROUP DISCOUNT: Save 20% off individual fee with group registration of 4 or more participants. Contact:



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