We'll touch on delegate's personal value base, update knowledge of current facts and figures regarding suicide, consider how working with a suicidal client can alter the therapeutic relationship in general and then encourage delegates to apply the day's learning to their own counselling practice.

Presenter biography

Kirsten Amis has been a lecturer in counselling for over 20 years and has extensive experience counselling in the NHS, voluntary and private practice environments. She has authored text books including Becoming a counsellor: A student companion (Sage), Boundaries Power and Ethical Responsibility in Counselling and Psychotherapy and Challenges in counselling: Student counselling (Hodder) as well as the MindEd session Working with severe psychological distress In young adults and young people. Her current doctoral research is entitled Supporting the Mental wellbeing of students in Scottish colleges. Kirsten sits on the BACP Membership and Professional Standards committee and is also a psychiatric nurse.

The main aims of the PDD is to

1. Reflect on personal understanding of suicide.
2. Gain an overview of facts and figures surrounding suicide.
3. Clarify the impact that suicidal ideation can have upon the counselling relationship.
4. Raise awareness of the potential impact that client's suicidal ideation may have on your own practice.

By the end of the PDD, you will be able to

1. Identify personal feelings and reactions surrounding suicide.
2. Update knowledge with regard to suicide statistics and exploration of how the most recent suicide statistics can inform practice.
3. Understand the potential impact of suicidal ideation on the counselling relationship.
4. Recognise the potential impact that suicidal ideation may have on your own practice.

This PDD is relevant to

This session could be relevant to any counsellor/psychotherapist working with adults


Please book your place online.


Holiday Inn Bristol City Centre
Bond Street


Registration will be 9.30am with the workshop starting promptly at 10am. Two refreshment break and a light lunch will be provided. The workshop will finish at 4.30pm.