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Social Care Ireland are delighted to welcome back Caitriona and Kayla, they have facilitated a number of workshops on Suicide awareness. Both are frontline social care workers and bring that practice experience into the workshops. Suicide is a serious public health issue which effects all aspects of society, families and individuals. Social care workers meet some of the most vulnerable members of our society. Coming into contact with those experiencing marginalisation, deprivation, discrimination and much more. As one of only a few professions with a window into individuals lives via home visits, outreach and keywork, social care workers are presented with an opportunity to intervene, when necessary, in a timely effective manner in suicide situations. Without relatable, meaningful, research and literature driven education professionals may find themselves in a situation without the necessary skills. Enhancing the knowledge and skills of all Health & Social Care Professional’s to understand and recognise suicidal thoughts will enhance not only early detection and referral, but also, where appropriate, the skills of HSCP’s to provide effective interventions and supports to the child/young person and their families.
Participants will learn how to recognize, react and respond to someone experiencing a suicidal crisis. This 5 hour training course will give participants the knowledge, skills and confidence to intervene in a suicide situation. Successful participants will receive two certificates on completion, an internationally recognized Question Persuade Refer (QPR) Suicide Intervention Skills certification and a Driving Change – Suicide Response certificate of attendance.
QPR is an evidence-based approach to suicide developed by Dr. Paul Quinette. QPR stands for question, persuade and refer – the three vital steps in a suicide intervention. Most QPR training sessions last 2 hours, Driving Change’s training dives deeper into suicide and covers a range of sub-issues around suicide and lasts 5 hours.
Driving Change’s Suicide Response training is delivered by Kayla Cooley & Caitriona Mc Mahon, co-founders of a well established non-profit called Community Crisis Response Team (CCRT). CCRT travel to people in suicidal distress 365 nights a year. Kayla & Caitriona are also both PG researchers in Limerick Institute of Technology, researching suicide and childhood trauma. This suicide response training brings together their frontline experience, theory, research and context in order to give the most well-rounded approach to suicide intervention as possible.
1. Demonstrate an understanding of suicide within a social context
2. In depth knowledge of how to recognise, and respond to suicide situations
3. Be able to identify and understand the causal factors contributing to suicide
4. Understand the key tasks and responsibilities of a professional with suicide response skills
5. To be able to understand and demonstrate professional practice skills, including safe and effective practice as per the needs of the person in distress.
6. Recognise their role in suicide prevention including the importance of professional boundaries and referral pathways.
7. Understand the importance of empowerment, empathy, connection and person-centred care
Caitriona McMahon is a postgraduate researcher in the Technological University of the Shannon and part of the ASCEND Research Group (Applied Social Care Education and practice in New Directions). Caitriona’s research focus is childhood trauma. Caitriona is also co-founder and director of Community Crisis Response Team. A non-profit organization travelling to people in suicidal distress. Aside form her studies and charity work Caitriona is passionate about building knowledge and offering insight from her own personal story of struggling with suicidal thoughts. Caitriona & Kayla also host a weekly podcast called Mental Health Hour where they discussing life & work in the social professions. Qualifications: MA by Research – Childhood Trauma Currently with the Technological University of the Shannon; BA (Hons) Social Care Work Limerick Institute of Technology; Mental Health in The Community University College Cork
Kayla Cooley is a postgraduate researcher in the Technological University of the Shannon, she is part of both the Loss & Grief Research Group and the Health, Education and Social Research Group. Kayla’s research focus on suicide and the internet, specifically prosuicide content online. Kayla is also co-founder and director of Community Crisis Response Team, a well-established non-profit organization travelling to people in suicidal distress 365 nights a year. Aside from her studies and charity work, one of Kayla’s big passions is in educating and facilitating change in how we respond to suicide. Kayla & Caitriona also host a weekly podcast called Mental Health Hour discussing life and work in the social professions. Qualifications: MA by Research – Pro-Suicide Content Online Currently with the Technological University of the Shannon; BA (Hons) Social Care Work Limerick Institute of Technology; Youth & Community Devel University College Cork.