Date(s) 25th April 2020
Start time 10:00 am
End time 4:00 pm
Region South west
Cost External qualified Therapist: £110 Groups of three or more: £95 per delegate GCS staff: £70 Counsellors & therapists in training/Volunteer* in a listening role: £60 (Confirmation of trainee status is required upon booking)
Email [email protected]


About this training

A thorough and thoughtful exploration of the issues surrounding suicide and risk. The workshop is designed to raise awareness of our working practices, decision-making around risk, suicide as well as addressing our own fears.
What will it cover?

The day begins with exploring the personal and professional experiences of suicide within the room before focusing on the assessment of risk and suicide in relation to our clients and our self. This will be achieved by highlighting possible dilemmas and the potential impact that these may have on our practice.

The day will include discussion around the organisation’s relevant policies and procedures. We will use recorded case studies to consider the impact of suicide and risk on our relationship and contracting with clients before we update our own practice with regard to language, law, ethics and confidentiality. We end the day reflecting on how our own risk assessment process could be developed to build confidence in this area.

Who is this training for?

This training day is suitable for all counsellors, whether in training, just entering counselling or reflecting on extensive experience.


Since completing her training as a mental health nurse in 1987, Kirsten has spent over 20 years working as a counsellor, lecturer and supervisor within the NHS, education, private practice and voluntary sectors. In addition to this, she works for the Scottish Qualifications Authority as a Senior External Verifier for counselling qualifications and as a mental health trainer for the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust. Kirsten’s published work includes Challenges in Counselling: Counselling Students, (2013, Hodder) and Becoming a Counsellor: A Student Companion (2011, Sage). Her areas of interest include counselling students, counselling training and working with addiction.

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Venue address

GCS, Alma House, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5 1AP (Situated above Costa Coffee Shop)


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If you need any further information please email Isabel Lewis [email protected] at GCS or call 01453 766310

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