Small Talk is an interactive half-day workshop which examines warning signs in a child and explores intervention strategies through stories and case studies.
At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:
- Appreciate how a child’s developmental stage affects their concept of death and suicide;
- Identify protective factors, risk factors and warning signs in children; and
- Confidently transfer care of a child to a caregiver.
Intervention approaches build on the skills taught in the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) as they apply to children.
This workshop may be offered virtually or in-person.
Our Tattered Teddies Handbook can be used complementary to the workshop, or on its own.
This workshop provides information and offers practical approaches for those working with children who are working with children who are age 12 or younger and who may be considering suicide.
Participants can include but not limited to: parents and caregivers; family and friends; natural helpers and advisors; educators and ministers; health practitioners; justice, law enforcers, emergency workers, and community volunteers.
Information provided is appropriate for beginner and intermediate social work practice.
Certificate and Accreditation
All participants will receive a participation certificate upon completing 4 hours of instruction hours.
Please contact the Centre for Suicide Prevention if you need specific accommodations.
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