Custodians of Hope: Supporting the suicidal person - Auckland

18 October - 9:00am - 18 October 2019 - 4:30pm

The primary aim of supporting the suicidal person is to engender a sense of hope and inviting the person to live

Identifying suicide risk is only one part of working with the suicidal person. The increasing demand on mental health services means that front line workers are often having to provide ongoing support for those assessed as not being in imminent danger of suicide. A recent Coroner's finding has highlighted the need for counsellors in private practice, NGO mental health support organisations and front-line health and social services to be up to date in their competency and capability to engage with the suicidal client and to have good referral processes in place.

Workshop participants will explore a model of engagement, support and safe containment. The Custodians of Hope model involves the following steps:

  • Illumination
  • Interrupting the suicidal thought
  • Invitation to Live
  • Anchoring 
  • Restoring of Wairua
  • Custodian of Hope
  • Strategies for coping

This workshop is of value for those working in counselling or social support settings who have a basic understanding of counselling and/or mental health support/ recovery principles and processes. While the workshop is focused primarily around non-mental health settings, the workshop content is also relevant to workers in mental health settings.

Topics covered

  • The phenomenon of suicide
  • The suicidal moment
  • Key principles in engaging and supporting the suicidal person
  • Custodian of hope model
  • Coping planning vs safety planning
  • Safe practice: Keeping the suicidal person safe physically, emotionally and culturally
  • Including whānau and significant others as part of the support team
  • Legal obligations and implications - Duty of Care, Confidentiality, Privacy Act

Risky Business: The art of assessing suicide risk and imminent danger workshop offer

While not a pre-requisite, participants are encouraged to also register for the Risky Business: The art of assessing suicide risk and imminent danger workshop.Register for both workshops and receive a 20% discount on the registration fees.

To receive the discount register online for the Risky Business workshop in Auckland and select the two workshop combo option.

Feedback from previous participants:


"The easy to understand concepts and the model of support reduced my anxiety about working with a suicidal person. I leave far more confident and trusting of my skills to be an effective support”
AOD Counsellor

“The many examples you shared from your work enhanced my learning and made the application of the model relevant to my work”                                                                                                          ACC Counsellor

“Insightful, informative and passionate presentation along with your humour engaged me for the whole day.”                                                                                                                                                      Psychologist

“Your cultural sensitivity and drawing on Māori understandings of wellbeing made the workshop relevant to my practice.”                                                                                                                                      Counsellor

An opportunity for a day of learning with internationally respected suicidologist, Barry Taylor

Barry has proven leadership over 30 years at local, national and international levels in using community initiatives and strength-based approaches to improve individual and community wellbeing and the prevention of suicide. With extensive experience in the development, implementation and evaluation of programmes at the local and national level, especially creating collaborative partnerships to promote wellbeing.

Barry has lectured and mentored programmes, both nationally and internationally, and been appointed to numerous government advisory committees on mental wellbeing promotion and suicide prevention.

In 2016 he was awarded the NSW Mental Health Commissioner's Community Champion Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to mental wellbeing and suicide prevention.

As a Health Sociologist and Public Health practitioner, Barry has a long-term interest in the social and cultural determinants of wellbeing, especially the role of gender and he brings a wealth of knowledge and passion for the promoting wellbeing  in men.

After a number of years overseas, Barry is living back in New Zealand and is passionate about building the knowledge base, competence and capability within country to effectively respond to the unacceptably high rates of suicide in this country.

WORKSHOP PLACES ARE LIMITED. REGISTER EARLY TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT