Shand – Suicidality (March 2020)

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CBT@Home webinar series

Managing suicidality in clinical practice

Dr Fiona Shand, Senior Research Fellow, Black Dog Institute, UNSW, Clinical Psychologist.

This is 1-hour CBT@Home webinar was recorded in March 2020.

AACBT members can view for free.

Non-members may purchase here.

Suicidality is a common presentation across a range of health settings, and in particular during the assessment and treatment of mental illnesses. Understanding suicide prevention is a vital skill for all clinicians.

This webinar provides up to date evidence in regard to our current understanding of suicide risk and evidence-based interventions. A must see for all clinicians!

Topics covered will include:

  • the dynamic nature of suicide risk
  • limitations of traditional risk assessment and alternatives approaches
  • psychosocial assessment, and safety and care planning for suicide prevention
  • working collaboratively with the client and building supports
  • treating underpinning factors and managing precipitants/triggers
  • using CBT and associated evidence-based strategies in suicide prevention
  • recent advances in the assessment of suicide status and preventive interventions


Dr Fiona Shand is a Senior Research Fellow at the Black Dog Institute and the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Suicide Prevention. She leads a program of research focused on suicide prevention. As at 2020, Fiona is the Research Director for LifeSpan, Australia’s largest ever Suicide Prevention trial, which takes a multi-level implementation approach. Her other research spans e-mental health interventions for at-risk populations, Indigenous suicide prevention, and health service research. Her team has completed the first Australian randomised controlled trial of a suicide prevention intervention with Aboriginal youth, using an app to deliver therapy.

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