Youth: Engage, Assess, Respond and Support to Suicidal Young People (YEARS)

Hosted by Brisbane North PHN

Trainer: Co-facilitated by Queensland Centre for Mental Health Learning and Children’s Health Queensland CYMHS

This course is designed to provide participants with skills in engaging young people and their  caregivers in the assessment and response to suicidal behaviour.  

The course is in a blended format comprising of a two hour eLearning program, followed by a full day face-to-face workshop. 

The course is broadly divided into three topics:

1. engaging young people who are suicidal, and their families
2. assessing suicide risk in young people
3. responding to suicide risk in young people using formulation driven intervention. 

Continuing professional development information  

Completion of this training activity can be used for continuing professional development points equivalent to 8.5 hours active learning. 

Learning outcomes 

At the end of the course participants will be able to:  

  • have an understanding of basic epidemiology of youth suicide  
  • recognise the impact of personal values and attitudes about suicide on clinical practice and service systems  
  • apply skills to build a therapeutic alliance with a young person who is suicidal and their family, considering systemic factors impacting on suicidal young people and their care  
  • identify warning signs of suicide and differentiate static, dynamic, protective and future risk factors  
  • apply the Chronological Assessment of Suicide Events (CASE) framework to assess a consumers suicidal ideation, planning, behaviours, desire and intent  
  • apply the Integrated Motivational Volitional model of suicidal behaviour to assessment, safety and recovery planning  
  • write a prevention orientated risk formulation  
  • apply collaborative safety planning processes and recovery planning for suicidality. 

This course will be co-facilitated by Children’s Health Queensland Child and youth Mental Health Services (CYMHS) suicide prevention experts to support relationship building across the child and youth mental health sector and promote the use of consistent language.  


Rachael McIntosh is an experienced Psychologist with a history of supporting children, young people and families with complex and severe mental health concerns and at-risk presentations both in community mental health services and Hospital Emergency Departments.  

Rachael brings a unique blend to her current role as the Suicide Prevention Coordinator for Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service having had experience as a front line mental health clinician, state-wide clinical governance as well as her knowledge in the field of organisational psychology.  

Rachael uses her clinical knowledge, high-quality project management, organisational change and cultural change skill set in supporting the development and implementation of a service-wide suicide prevention strategy and clinical pathway within Children’s Health Queensland HHS and Child and Youth Mental Health Services across Queensland.    

Dr Ben Walters is a Clinical Psychologist working with the Learning Centre to develop and deliver training products, primarily those relating to risk assessment and management.  Before coming to the Learning Centre Ben worked in a variety of settings, including: public outpatient; private inpatient; private community; and university.  

As an educator, Ben understands the importance of learner engagement, and how learning content applies to everyday practice. His training deliveries are interactive and responsive to learns’ needs. He acknowledges that learners come with valuable wisdom and utilises this group wisdom to co-construct learning (rather than merely lecturing an audience). 

To register for this workshop, please RSVP to Donna Stone at by 26 May 2020.

Event Information
  • 02 June, 2020
  • 8.30 am - 5.00 pm
  • Brisbane
  • Brisbane North PHN Event
  • Within Brisbane North and Moreton Bay region
  • Workshop or training


Brisbane North PHN, Level 1, Market Central, 120 Chalk Street, Lutwyche, QLD 4030

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Contact Information

Donna Stone