The Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention (AISRAP) at Griffith University is hosting two-day Screening Tool for Assessing Risk of Suicide (STARS) training for those working with suicidal persons.
What is STARS?
The STARS protocol was developed in recognition of the centrality of psychache (referring to intolerable psychological pain; Shneidman, 1993) and contextual experiences associated with the suicidal state, and in recognition of its unique and changing state over time (Hawgood & De Leo, 2015). It is a semi-structured interview protocol that is focused on client narrative and collaborative enquiry.
It includes example clinician probes or questions to facilitate exploration of suicidality (and contextual, situational, relational risk and protective indicators) and to reduce clinician anxiety that often accompanies approaching this domain of assessment.
Instead of traditional categorical or stratification of risk level outcomes (such as low, medium and high risk), STARS uses client rated ‘priority concerns’ contributing to suicidal experiences in line with a psycho-social needs-based assessment.
The team approach to integration of a client’s narrative and therapist judgement is synthesised to determine priority target focuses for collaboratively determining foreseeability, safety planning and immediate management responses to move the client to a life ‘more’ worth living.
Finally, the tool provides for documentation of the client’s suicidal state and psycho-social needs, and the commensurate actions proposed or undertaken by the clinician for demonstration of standard of care which involves (where applicable) carer or significant other and follow-up.
Please contact Jacinta Hawgood for further information about STARS: Jacinta.firstname.lastname@example.org
Free On-Site Parking!
Accommodation bookings at corporate rate if you mention this workshop!
Cost includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea, workbook and handouts, certificate of completio, a 12-month licence to utilise and reproduce STARS, and an electronic PDF version of the protocol for reproduction!