Course Description

Adolescence is a time where impulsivity can lead to risky behaviours in the average teen. When impulsivity is added to mental health issues and/or troubling familial, peer, academic and/or cultural environments, the stage can be set for the increase of additional risk in the form of either suicidal thinking or behaviours, or self-harming behaviours that are not intended to be fatal. In spite of that, these behaviours frequently raise alarm bells in those associated or working with these youth, be they family members or friends, school personnel, counsellors or social service staff, as examples.

By the end of this workshop , participants will have information and resources on how to:

  • Assess for safety risk when faced with a teen who is either suicidal or self-harming.
  • Distinguish between these.
  • Assess for protective factors as well as risk.
  • Engage and approach the adolescent client as well as his/her support network.
  • Implement crisis intervention strategies.
  • Approach treatment.
  • Implement self-care in the event of a suicide.


For more information contact the Faculty of Social Work Professional Development office:

Email: fswprofessionaldevelopment@wlu.ca
Kitchener: 519-884-0710 ext. 5234
Milton: 519-884-0710 ext. 5235
Online: 519-884-0710 ext. 5235

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

This workshop is currently not available. The 2021/2022 Faculty of Social Work Professional Development course and workshop dates will be available in early July 2021.
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