Life Matters Suicide Prevention Trust

A Practical Guide to Working with Suicidal Youth in Dunedin

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The straight talking, un-PC guide to working with Suicidal Youth in Dunedin.

Imagine, you are in your office. Other staff bring in a student with casts on both arms, hospitalised earlier in the week after a serious suicide attempt. His parents are with him. They are distraught. The student is glaring at you, swearing, yelling that all professionals are useless, and we just need to let him die. He has intent, an immediate plan, and determination.

Francis Jamieson, private practice Psychotherapist/Supervisor/Professional trainer, HOD Counsellor East Auckland School and author of "A Practical Guide to Working with Suicidal Youth, A New Zealand Perspective" 2013 presents a one-day workshop which will demonstrate the power of potent relationship building and the importance of this in keeping our suicidal tamariki safe and alive. An in-vivo role play will model style/interventions and strategies that promote the vital connection that is needed to change the minds of those determined to die by suicide - to seeing the point of living.

The workshop aims to model experiential psychotherapeutic techniques that can pull young people back from the brink. It focuses on what you as a therapist can do and how you can make the difference.

Francis Jamieson, (Bachelor of Arts, Certificate of Proficiency in Teaching People with Special Needs (Applied Behavioural Analysis based), Graduate Diploma Psychotherapy, Advanced Supervision Training), has worked in mental health for the last 37 years.

His journey started with working for the IHC and after completing his BA and CPTIH, he became a Consultant for people with Special Needs.

After counselling many caregivers in this capacity, he studied Applied Psychotherapy at AUT and managed/facilitated the Man Alive Adolescent Programme for Youth at Risk in West Auckland.

He has worked as a family therapist and has a small private practice where he offers supervision for counsellors and psychotherapists, and trains other health professionals in working with clients with ADHD, Working with Trauma, and Suicidal Thinking.

He also offers workshops for parent groups, and other interested parties, and has worked as a private consultant both for institutions and in private homes, training/supporting staff/people with clients experiencing extreme behavioural challenges.