During suicide to Hope (s2H), participants reflect upon
their qualities as helpers—the beliefs, values, and attitudes they bring
to the relationship. They also learn about various meanings of suicide
experiences and discover the opportunities for recovery and growth they
present. More specifically, suicide to Hope is structured around a three-phase Pathway to Hope (PaTH)
model. The Understanding Phase focuses on exploring and describing
barriers to recovery and growth. This establishes a foundation for the
Planning Phase involving the formulation of recovery and growth goals and plans. The Implementing Phase focuses on monitoring progress and reviewing the process. Clinicians and professional helpers who attend a s2H
workshop learn how to use this model collaboratively with those they
serve. The workshop is highly interactive with a mix of large group and
small group discussion and simulations.
FOCUS: Recovery and growth for persons previously at risk of and currently safe from suicide
DURATION: One day (8 hours)
FACILITATOR: One registered facilitator per 24 participants
PARTICIPANTS: Clinicians and other professional helpers who work with persons previously at risk of and currently safe from suicide
Goals and Objectives
The workshop’s goal is to encourage and enable participants to apply a
recovery and growth oriented approach to working with persons
previously at risk and currently safe from suicide.
Participants will learn to:
Describe how suicide experiences provide an opportunity for recovery and growth work
- Recognize how their Helper Qualities might impact recovery and growth work
- Understand a schematic of common issues and related recovery and growth opportunities
- Apply a model for setting recovery and growth goals; and a framework for monitoring and coordinating recovery and growth work
Why a recovery and growth approach?
Recovery and growth approaches have demonstrated significant positive
impacts in mental health, substance abuse, and trauma but have not been
developed for use with those recovering from suicide. To meet this
need, LivingWorks has developed suicide to Hope: a Recovery and Growth
workshop that provides clinicians and other professionals with skills
to help persons previously at risk identify opportunities for recovery
and growth arising out of their experiences with suicide.
Who should take suicide to Hope?
suicide to Hope is primarily designed for clinicians
and other professional helpers and assumes that participants already
have some familiarity with suicide prevention and intervention helping
work. The skills learned in the suicide to Hope workshop
are designed to complement and enhance existing knowledge, helping
approaches and experience, and are applicable to people in a wide
variety of professional disciplines. They are intended to support
clinicians and other professional helpers who work with persons
previously at risk of and currently safe from suicide on a long-term
basis beyond the first-aid emergency situation. LivingWorks’ two-day ASIST
workshop is not a prerequisite for attendance, but is recommended as
one way to learn the suicide intervention skills that are necessary for
using suicide to Hope’s tools.