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Suicide Intervention Skills Workshop (SISW)


Suicide is a major public and mental health concern in communities around the world. In Singapore, there is at least ONE suicide a day. For every suicide death, there is an estimate of 20-25 suicide attempts (WHO). Suicide is the leading cause of death for young persons aged 10-29 in Singapore.

As Social Service practitioners, we are likely to encounter suicide situations in our daily work. Practitioners need to acquire critical competencies to handle suicide crisis ethically and professionally. The SOS ‘Suicide Intervention Skills Workshop’ (SISW) maps the learning outcomes according to the ‘Core Competency Model’ (CCM) (2013; 2019) suicide intervention training framework that outlines evidence-based skills necessary for effective suicide. Drawing on local data, real-life scenarios and stakeholders’ input, this training seeks to equip learners with up-to-date knowledge and skills contextualised for local applications.

Target Audience

Practitioners in the Social Service working directly with clients/patients/caregivers, including Social Workers, Counsellors, Psychologists, Casework Managers. Over the years, this course has also attracted persons in the helping profession, such as teachers, healthcare personnel and civil servants.

The skills and knowledge for this course, which the learner is assumed to possess, are as follows:

  • Be able to listen and speak English at a proficiency level equivalent to the Employability Skills Workplace Literacy (WPL) Level 6
  • Be able to read and write English at a proficiency level equivalent to the Employability Skills Workplace Literacy (WPL) Level 6
  • Be able to use numeracy skills equivalent to the Employability Skills Workplace Numeracy (WPN) Level 6
  • Learners need to have basic knowledge of computer skills
  • Preferably with relevant qualification or experience in the area of Social Work, Psychology, Counselling, Casework management and/or Education

Mode of Delivery: Classroom and Asynchronous E-learning

Assessment Details: Written Assessment at the end of Day 2 and Role Play on Day 3

Remarks: The facilitated classroom will be conducted face-to-face at SOS. Learners will be required to attend the assessment (e.g. Role Play / Oral Interview) after the training.

  • Day 0: Mandatory E-Learning (to be completed before Day 1 of training)
  • Day 1: Facilitated Classroom Training
  • Day 2: Facilitated Classroom Training (including a Written Assessment of 1.5 hours)
  • Day 3: Role Play / Oral Interview (60 minutes per learner)

Note: Block bookings by Agencies or Entities can be arranged separately. Minimum of 15 pax and maximum of 20 pax to start class.

17 hours

Scheduled Run Dates (Public)

Classroom Training Dates (In-person) Role Play Assessment Dates (On Zoom)
24 – 25 Jun 2024
1, 2, 3 Jul 2024
29 – 30 Aug 2024
4, 5, 6 Sep 2024
26 – 27 Sep 2024
2, 3, 4 Oct 2024
14 – 15 Oct 2024
21, 22, 23 Oct 2024

For the role play assessment, participants are required to select a 1-hour slot from any of the provided assessment dates during classroom training.

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Duration (17 hours)

Self-paced e-learning: 2.0 hour
Facilitated Classroom learning (in-person): 12.5 hour (2 full days)
Assessment (Written and Role Play): 2.5 hour

*Written Assessment will be conducted on the same day as Day 2 of Classroom
learning, towards the end. Role Play Assessment will be conducted one-to-one with
Assessor over Zoom on a separate date, typically 1-2 weeks after Classroom learning.

Nett Fee (after SSG-funding) $300*
Course Fee (before SSG-funding) $1,000
* Singaporeans aged 40 & above may receive further subsidy

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify personal attitudes and reactions towards suicide
  • Recognise local statistics and evidence for practice
  • Demonstrate therapeutic empathy and compassionate inquiry towards a collaborative practitioner-
    client relationship
  • Assess and differentiate suicide risk level
  • Apply interventions according to suicide-risk levels
  • Recognise social support systems and community resources
  • Relate legality, ethical issues and documentation surrounding suicide work
  • Use a debriefing framework for self-care and peer-care
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