Supporting suicidal and severely distressed students (Junior College)

Supporting suicidal and severely distressed students (Junior College)

The aim of this training is to provide Junior College staff with tools to assess the risk of suicide in Junior College students and colleagues and provide them with safe and reliable intervention. The course is interactive and the training entails a variety of teaching styles and tools. Each participant will receive relevant material and a certificate of attendance. The training course will use the Junior College "Supporting suicidal and/or distressed students/staff guidelines".

Trainers: Health and Wellness Counselling Professionals

Ms Charmaine Mifsud Cardona (Psychotherapist)
Ms Donatella Pace Olivari (Social Worker)
Ms Elena Borg (Psychotherapist)
Ms Sandra Schembri Wismayer (Psychotherapist)
Ms Anna Borg Bartolo (Psychologist & Psychotherapist)
Ms Fleur Mifsud Bons (Psychologist & Psychotherapist)

Target Audience: Junior College members of staff. The maximum capacity for this course is of 15 participants.
Course duration: 3 hours 

By the end of the course the participants will:
  • Learn how to identify both students and staff at risk;
  • Become more aware of the myths related to suicide;
  • Be aware of early warning signs and behavioural change of suicide and distress;
  • Become more aware of the biological, psychological and social processes involved when a person is suicidal and/or distressed; 
  • To be able to talk with suicidal students and direct them for help;
  • To support and familiarise staff with the interventions carried out by the counselling services professionals at the Counselling Service within Junior College.

Topics covered:

  • Introduction and Overview;
  • Common misconceptions;
  • Risk factors for suicide in university students;
  • Spotting a suicidal student or colleague;
  • Main signs of suicide and distress;
  • Learning about the biological, psychological and social processes involved when a person is suicidal and/or distressed;
  • Talking about suicide – what to do and what not to do;
  • Assessing the level of risk;
  • Creating a safety plan;
  • Directing students and staff/colleagues to get help;
  • Familiarity and support to understand the interventions carried out by the Counselling Service within Junior College;
  • Tips for self-care. 

Follow-up workshop: Empowering severely distressed students to seek professional help 

Trainers: 

Ms Charmaine Mifsud Cardona (Psychotherapist)
Ms Anna Borg Bartolo (Psychologist & Psychotherapist)
Ms Fleur Mifsud Bons (Psychologist & Psychotherapist)


Target Audience: Junior College members of staff who have already completed the course "Supporting Suicidal and severely disressed students".
Course duration: 3 hours  

This training workshop is designed as a follow-up of the training offered: Supporting suicidal and severely distressed students. 

The aim of this training is to support staff by providing them with useful basic interpersonal communication skills to support severely distressed students. It offers a space to learn and practice how to approach and talk to students in distress, keeping in mind the fact that Junior College students are minors. The presentation will include skills and techniques of how to talk to and empower suicidal and/or severely distressed students to seek professional help. 


 


https://www.um.edu.mt/hrmd/trainingdevelopment/coursesandresources/supportingdistressedstudentsjc