Counselling Suicidal People: A Therapy of Hope


12 hours


7 lessons


Taught by Paul Quinnett, PhD

You will receive the access key to the course within 24 hours of your purchase.

This is a text-based course in how to help people at risk of suicide survive a suicide crisis and go on to build a new and better life. The course includes training in basic risk assessment, management, and foundations in treatment, as well as helping skills for those thinking about suicide. More than three dozen specific counseling interventions are included to help someone to choose life over death.

If you are uncomfortable working with suicidal patients, you are not alone. One purpose of this training program is to help you deal with your anxiety around helping people who may be contemplating suicide. Research shows that the majority of clinicians are not well trained in this area of practice and fear the suicidal patient, as a lawsuit if the worst happens. Therapist fear of patients is never a good thing in the healing arts. This course should help you feel more confident and competent to help those considering ending their own lives.

This is mostly a text-based course, but some sections include interactive scenario-based practice sessions.

Upon completion, participants should be able to:

Demonstrate increased knowledge about suicide and its causes
Identify unique verbal, behavioural, and situational suicide warning signs during counselling sessions
Know how to inquire about suicidal intent and desire
Know how to engage suicidal clients with empathy and understanding
Apply multiple intervention strategies with suicidal clients
Know how to immediately reduce the acute distress, despair, and hopelessness being experienced by the suicidal client
Know how to help the suicidal client make a personal safety and survival plan
Recognize and identify at least three risk factors for suicide
Recognize and identify at least three protective factors against suicide
Understand means restriction and how to immediately reduce risk
Understand the nature of suicide and describe at least one theory of suicidal behaviour
Describe the relationship of mental illness and substance abuse to suicide and understand the fundamentals of our current knowledge about suicide and its prevention

“Paul Quinnett has done it again. In his plain-spoken yet compassionate style, he communicates sound strategies for connecting with and helping suicidal individuals. Counselling Suicidal People deserves a place on the desk of every crisis worker and therapist who works with suicidal individuals. I will assign it to our psychology interns and psychiatry residents.”

Thomas E. Ellis

“Paul Quinnett has a hard-earned advantage over most of us in suicide prevention work…, he has spent years in therapeutic relationships with many more suicidal people than we may ever encounter. His willingness to not only work with them and to keep them alive but to learn the lessons they impart to him is generously shared in this book to benefit us all. Short of having Dr. Quinnett standing next to me or any hotline volunteer as we try to help suicidal people find reasons to live, this book does the next thing. It gives us knowledge and insight we need but may never be able to learn firsthand.”

Karen M. Marshall

“Very illuminating! Gave me a clear understanding of suicidal pain and what I can do to relieve it.”

Steve Pitters

“This work eloquently captures the essence of the most sophisticated interventions, that of the healing relationship of hope.”

Dr. Ronald Bonner


Please note that our courses are not certified for Continuing Medical Education (CME) and Continuing Rehabilitation Education (CRE) credits. Online courses do not come with the supervision necessary to practise in real life situations. Participant accounts will remain active for one year from the date of purchase, allowing ample time to complete the course

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