Course Title: Assess and respond to individuals at risk of suicide

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C4264

Course Title: Assess and respond to individuals at risk of suicide

Portfolio: DSC

Nominal Hours: 110.0

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365T Global Studies, Soc Sci & Plng

Face-to-Face or Workplace

Term1 2013

Course Contact: Xenia Girdler

Course Contact Phone: +(61 3) 9925 4660

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

This course will provide you with the skills and knowledge to assess and respond appropriately to people at risk of suicide. As part of the course you will undertake the mental health First Aid training program and ASIST suicide intervention and prevention training program.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

CHCCS521A Assess and respond to individuals at risk of suicide


1. Identify and assess the person's current suicide risk

2. Work actively with the person to reduce the immediate risk of suicide and increase safety

3.Facilitate and strengthen the individual's links to further care

4.Provide further intervention support to resource the individual beyond immediate crisis

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course you will have the skills and knowledge to assess and respond apropriately to someone who is at risk of suicide.  

Overview of Assessment

Assessment in this course will be role play and simulation. To be assessed as competent you need to demonstrate your ability to undertake an intervention with someone at risk of suicide.  These roles plays will be guided by your learning in Mental Health First Aid and ASIST training.