Suicidal behaviour is complex. It’s not possible to prevent all suicides, but early intervention strategies and counselling can help save lives.
The Certificate of Suicide Counselling will provide you with the knowledge and skills required to work and engage with people at risk of suicide and serious self-harm.
In this online suicide intervention course you will discover how to increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide, recognise and respond to crisis situations with confidence, provide interventions to those at risk and apply specialist interpersonal and counselling skills to address suicidal behaviour.
You will also learn how to identify and manage suicide risk in the context of a supportive helping relationship that seeks to work collaboratively with the person at risk to achieve safe outcomes. You will also gain the skills required to provide support for individuals who are experiencing bereavement in relation to suicide.
On completion of this course you will have gained the skills required to work and engage with those at risk of suicide and self-harm and those suffering bereavement due to suicide.
Unit 1 - Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide
Recognise signs of suicide
Triggers and warning signs
Grounds for concern
Suicide risk factors
Building empathic relationships
Responding to emergencies
Empower the person at risk
Mental health issues
Develop support plan
6 step referral process
Document suicide safety plan
Supervision and peer support services
Unit 2 - Provide brief interventions
Assess persons needs
Behaviours and issues of concern
Assessment flow chart
Elicit issues of concern
Resources and intervention strategies
Health issue awareness
“Health belief” model
Support and encouragement
Acknowledgement and reward
Care plan documentation
Review client progress
Unit 3 - Provide suicide bereavement support
Resources and support services
Facilitate early access to services
Isolate proactive measures
External support agencies
Facilitate coping mechanisms
Respect cultural differences
Refugees and asylum seekers
Diverse mourning practices
Responding to grief
Worker stress levels
Prevention / coping with burnout
Unit 4 - Recognise and respond to crisis situations
Signs of safety issues
Signs of abuse
Suicide risk factors
Warning signs of suicide
Grounds for concern
Assessing suicide risk
Safety and suicide plan
Emergency help / medical assistance
Making informed choices
Family and friends
Supervision and debriefing
Unit 5 - Apply specialist interpersonal and counselling interview skills
Counselling interview sequence
Environmental / personal factors
Disabilities / impairments
Empathy, honesty and openness
Communication styles and skills
The initial session
Specialised counselling skills
Promoting self-advocacy / self-care
Responding to distress or crisis
Self-evaluation / self-awareness
Professional development plan
Networking / professional memberships
When you study with Australian Online Courses, you will be assessed using a competency-based training method.
Competency-based training focuses on the achievement of skills and knowledge against set criteria to meet industry-standard and is not benchmarked against other students’ work.
In this course, the assessment will be comprised of written assignments and exercises, which may include short answer questions, reports, essays, research projects and reflective tasks.
If you do not achieve a competency result on your first attempt, you have two more attempts to pass your assessment. So, you have three attempts in total to obtain a competency result.
In this way, you can complete your course in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
Why Choose Australian Online Courses?
Professional development that is widely recognised and respected;
Improve your employment opportunities;
Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
High-quality professional development programs written by industry experts;
No entry requirements;
All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
Unlimited tutor support;
Easy to understand course content;
Twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply);
Certificate of Attainment/Completion issued for your CV (hard copy provided); and
Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
How long will it take to complete this course?
The approximate study hours for this course is 75 hours. Twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply).
Can I purchase optional printed materials?
Yes! The cost for printed materials for this course is $50 per unit.Total cost for optional printed materials is: $250.00. Printed materials are optional and not required to complete the course. Everything you need to complete the course is provided online via our e-learning system.
When can I start this course?
You can start within 60 minutes during business hours when you enrol and pay in full with a credit card!
Credit card: Within 60 mins during business hours.
BPAY: Within 1-2 working days.
Internet Banking: Within 1-2 working days.
Cheque/Money Order: Upon receipt of mailed cheque.
Will I receive a certificate upon completion of this course?
Yes! You will receive a Certificate of Attainment upon successful completion of your assessment.
Do I need to attend classes or undertake any work placements?
No. All courses are delivered online via our e-learning system and there are no work placement requirements in this course.
What support can I expect from Australian Online Courses?
Unlimited tutor support is available throughout your studies via email during business hours Monday to Friday. Our Administrative team are available Monday to Friday via email, live chat and telephone.
I am an international student. Can I enrol into this course?
Yes! We accept enrolments from individuals both within Australia and internationally; location is no barrier to entry into our programs.