The Awaken Youth Gatekeeper Training Workshops

Suicide Prevention Workshops assist those working with young people to identify students at risk and link them effectively to mental health professionals. It is recommended that all teaching and support staff who work in contact with young people attend the training. Awaken Youth Gatekeeper Training comes to your school and can be arranged to fit within the confines of your particular structure and timetable. The workshops have been designed to improve staff confidence in approaching the topic of youth suicide by focusing on the following key areas:

  • Current trends and statistics pertaining to suicide
  • The role of the ‘Gatekeeper’ in suicide prevention
  • Protective and risk factors for young people
  • Warning signs of suicidal ideation – what to look for
  • Safe methods of intervention (including self-care and arenas of safety)
  • Referring young people at risk
  • Synthesising knowledge gained into real and practical scenarios

 WORKSHOP DELIVERY OPTIONS:

Schools usually take up one of the following options depending on their availability:

–          Overview Workshop: 1 hour

–          Extended Overview Workshop: 2 hours

–          Half-Day Workshop: 3 hours

–          Whole-Day Workshop: 5 hours

Group Size: For the above workshops, attendees from the booked school are welcome to attend, including support staff where appropriate. Schools are welcome to invite ONE extra complimentary attendee from neighbouring schools/organisations. All extra attendees will be required to pay an additional ticket fee. Please contact us to discuss your needs.

Please note, the depending on the location of your workshop, you may also be required to contribute to the travel expenses of the presenter.


GATEKEEPER TRAINING OVERVIEW WORKSHOP: 1 Hour

RECOMMENDED FOR SCHOOLS WITH TIME LIMITATIONS

This workshop is suitable for all teaching and support staff. The session has been designed to fit into a regular staff meeting time slot so all staff can attend without the expense that comes with sending staff to external PD. The workshop provides an overview of the key areas identified overleaf. It is interactive and provides an opportunity for staff input. If time permits, consider extending your overview workshop to a 2-hour session. This allows more time to unpack the skills delivered in the training.

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Completing the Gatekeeper Training Overview Workshop will contribute 1 hour of QTC registered PD addressing 4.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW. 

“A wonderful, insightful and professional presentation. A perfect introduction to this very serious and confronting contemporary issue.” (Samantha Boreham, Assistant Principal, Loyola SHS)


GATEKEEPER TRAINING HALF-DAY  WORKSHOP: 3 Hours

This workshop is an extended version of the overview training and allows for greater depth when exploring skills, scenarios and addressing teacher questions. This skills focused workshop is suitable for all teaching and support staff. The workshop provides detailed information on the key areas identified above. In addition, attendees will evaluate current proactive strategies in place at their school as well as designing new methods to improve the wellbeing of students. Attendees will refine their listening, questioning and rapport building skills to improve the effectiveness of safe interventions conducted with students. Attendees will improve their capacity to refer students at risk.

The workshop is interactive and provides opportunities for input through a diverse range of strategies.

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Completing the Gatekeeper Training Overview Workshop will contribute 3 hours of QTC registered PD addressing 4.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW. 


GATEKEEPER TRAINING FULL-DAY WORKSHOP: 5 Hours

RECOMMENDED FOR A STAFF PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DAY

This comprehensive, skills-based workshop is suitable for all teaching and support staff. The workshop examines the current societal attitudes towards suicide and how these impact the way we approach suicide prevention in schools. Attendees will examine the suicidal ‘mindset’ to gain a deeper understanding of the common factors associated with suicidal thinking, to improve their capacity to recognize warning signs. 

Attendees will evaluate current proactive strategies in place at their school as well as designing new methods to improve the wellbeing of students. Attendees will refine their listening, questioning and rapport building skills through a process of practical application, to improve the effectiveness of safe interventions conducted with students. Attendees will improve their capacity to refer students at risk and follow up on students who have been referred to external support agencies. They will also engage in a range of self-care strategies to ensure that they are looking after their own safety and well-being while caring for their students.

The workshop is interactive and provides opportunities for input through a diverse range of strategies.

NESA_400x400-300x300Completing the Gatekeeper Training Overview Workshop will contribute 5 hours of QTC registered PD addressing 4.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW. 


 

To read testimonials from teachers who have attended the workshops, please click here

If it would be more suitable to send a small number of staff to a workshop near you please check out our NEW DATES AND VENUES FOR 2018 JUST RELEASED

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If you have any questions or would like to book a session please call 0411642597 or complete the form below and Awaken Youth will get in touch with you:

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