Helping those who suffer with suicidal ideas: WORKSHOP PRESENTATION ONLINE via ZOOM

Registration closes @12 noon on 02.03.22

Working with clients who experience suicidal thoughts and feelings can be a difficult and complex process. Services will often emphasise the importance of assessing suicidal risk, but there may be less emphasis on developing confidence in psychological interventions which reduce the risk of suicide. The day will look at theory –practice links around suicide prevention, ensuring participants learn about the most up to date research evidence on CBT for suicide prevention.

This practical workshop will also offer participants an opportunity to build confidence in:

  • assessing suicide risk
  • formulating the suicidal cycle with clients
  • building safety plans
  • applying CBT interventions to help people reduce their risk

There will also be opportunity to reflect on working in this difficult area and participants will have an opportunity to observe and practice key skills.

It is suggested that participants may find the OCTC booklet on managing suicidal feelings useful reading alongside this course. Please see link:


Wenzel A., Brown GK and Beck, AT, (2009) Cognitive Therapy for Suicidal Patients: scientific and clinical applications. APA. Washington DC

Bryan CJ and Rudd, DM (2018) Brief Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for suicide prevention. Guildford Press: London.


Khadj Rouf

Dr Khadj Rouf is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist who has worked in primary care, mental health rehabilitation, acute and community mental health settings. She is a CBT practitioner. She is experienced in working with adults who suffer with complex mental health problems, and has special interests in parental mental health, suicide prevention and developmental trauma. Khadj has written professionally regarding mental health issues, both for clinicians and the public.

Lisa Pearson

Lisa Pearson has been working within mental health services for over 20 years starting as a peer supporter, before going on to train as a Psychological Well-being Practitioner using CBT in IAPT, working with clients who were pregnant, or families who had a child anxiety and or depression. She provided one to one and group support for families and co-wrote the perinatal good practise guide for IAPT nationally. Within this service she became a supervisor, team leader and service lead. She is the Suicide Prevention Lead for Northamptonshire Healthcare Foundation Trust. She values the opportunity to use both her personal and lived experience in her practice and is passionate about instilling hope in people when they feel there is none.

Additional Information

Cancellation & changes policy

If you cancel more than 14 days prior to your booked event, we will refund your fee minus a charge of 15% to cover our administration costs. We regret that cancellations 14 days or less before the booked event cannot be refunded or changed/transferred.

If you wish to change/transfer your booking after confirmation we will do our best to accommodate you if you notify us 14 days prior to your booked event, and if there is space to do so. However there will be an administration charge of £15 per change/transfer.


Workshops often contain clinical material. This is always anonymised as far as possible but delegates are none the less reminded to respect confidentiality.

All that is discussed in your therapy sessions will be treated as confidential, with the following exceptions.
We are required to seek supervision by our professional body (The British Psychological Society or equivalent) as a means of ensuring good practice. We will usually inform your referrer of your progress, but the details that we disclose will be discussed with you. We do have a statutory obligation to break confidentiality under rare circumstances, namely, if we believe that a client is of danger to themselves or to others (under the Mental Health Act, 2001) or if we believe that a child is at actual risk of physical or sexual abuse (The Children Act, Section 47, 1989).

If we felt that it would be helpful to request additional medical, social or legal information, we could only do this with your consent. Similarly, should another medical, social or legal professional request information from us, we would not release this without your consent.


OCTC makes every effort to ensure that this programme is delivered as advertised. However, should a presenter have to cancel, we will endeavour to find another suitable presenter. We will inform attendees as soon as is reasonably practical and, if requested, will offer a refund. In the rare event that we are unable to substitute a presenter, we may cancel a workshop and refund payments already made by attendees. OCTC will not refund travel and accommodation costs that attendees may incur.
All the workshops in this programme are carried out by highly experienced therapists and trainers. The individual presenter is responsible for the content of the workshop and any views expressed do not necessarily represent those of OCTC.
Although highly informative, none of the open workshops or workshop series confer a formal qualification or assurance of competence in CBT (or a specialist area of CBT) since we are unable to assess attendee competency within the training event. However, credit and award-bearing courses that lead to formal qualifications are offered by OCTC in conjunction with the University of Oxford. More about these courses is available on our website

Levels of competence

Before booking a place on a workshop, please ensure that it is pitched at the appropriate level of competence for you. The guide to levels is as follows:


Basic workshops are for people from a variety of backgrounds, who have at least one year’s clinical experience. Cognitive behavioural knowledge is not necessary for attendance at these workshops, though in practice, a number of attendees will have some skills in the area, and are refreshing/updating their knowledge.


Intermediate workshops are directed towards people who already have knowledge of CBT, and experience in using cognitive formulations and treatment methods – for instance, they are able to identify and test automatic thoughts, and design behavioural experiments. Most participants will be using CBT as part of their clinical practice, and may still be acquiring new CBT skills.


Advanced courses are directed towards those professionals who use CBT routinely as part of their clinical practice. They have probably undertaken a significant number of training courses and/or workshops, and use a broad range of cognitive behavioural strategies to work with a range of presentations at varying levels of complexity.

Making reservations

Bookings can only be considered confirmed after we have received your online registration or application form and payment (or invoicing details, including an official purchase order document).

The registration closing date for each workshop is shown on the workshop description page.  Please note that no applications received after this deadline will be permitted.

If you are booking a workshop place for someone else, you must complete your own details in the billing field, but ENTER THE WORKSHOP PARTICIPANTS NAME/ADDRESS in the shipping field. If you wish to order items using a paper order form instead of online, you can view or download an order form in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format. Once downloaded, print it out, fill it in, and send off with your payment [cheque made payable to OXFORD HEALTH NHS FOUNDATION TRUST] to the address on the form.


The cost of the workshops includes hot drinks on arrival, mid-morning and mid-afternoon, but not usually lunch unless stated. However, for workshops that do include lunch, if you have any special dietary requirements please let us know at the time of application.

Special needs

We welcome applications from diverse backgrounds. If you have any particular needs, please contact us
prior to booking.