connectEDspace - support for young people

Young people can face all sorts of pressures – including problems at school, with friends or at home.
connectEDspace is a website by Relationships Australia Victoria (RAV), dedicated to young people to help provide all the information they need to deal with the stuff they go through each day.

Aboriginal Family and Relationship Support

RAV provides support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and individuals to help strengthen family relationships.

Counselling provides an opportunity to talk with a professionally trained person to discuss couple issues, conflicts with friends, relationship breakdown, parenting, domestic violence, anxiety, depression, grief, sexual problems, childhood sexual abuse, stress and work related tensions and disputes.


Webinar: Psychosocial Needs-Based Assessment – Are We Still Assessing Suicidal Risk?

Presented by Jacinta Hawgood, Senior Lecturer and Program Director of Suicidology at Griffith University

Join Jacinta Hawgood as she addresses the gradual shift in paradigm of conducting suicide risk assessments.

In this webinar, Jacinta will discuss the psychosocial needs-based assessment process and explain why it’s a best-practice approach to understanding the complex phenomenon that is suicidality and the assessment processes associated with suicide.

She will unpack a number of key concepts including elements of suicidal process, and those related to the therapeutic alliance. Jacinta will also discuss techniques for uncovering intent in order to provide tools for accurately addressing the suicidal state.

The webinar will also cover:

  • risk assessment - according to the current paradigm of evidence-based conceptualisation
  • important concepts of the suicidal experience
  • techniques of uncovering suicide intent
  • the core components of psychosocial needs-based assessment.

Meet Jacinta Hawgood BSSc, BPsy(Hons), MClinPsy (MAPS, MCCLP)

Jacinta Hawgood is a senior lecturer and Program Director of Suicidology at the Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention, Griffith University, where she has worked for over 20 years. She is a clinical psychologist and suicidologist who has devoted her career to understanding the suicidal pain and experiences of those with lived experience of suicide. Her research and clinical interests are in psychosocial, person centred suicide risk assessment processes, personal suicide stigma, the impacts of client/co-worker suicide on the worker, and suicide prevention training design and evaluation. Her PhD (candidate) is in the area of suicide risk assessment and the feasibility and validity of the Systematic Tailored Assessment for Responding to Suicidality (STARS) interview protocol. She is the lead author of STARS protocol published first in 2015 and most recently updated in 2018.

Jacinta has provided expert advice and guidance on suicide risk assessment, and other suicidology topics to state and national government departments and private organisations. She has presented research findings at a range of state, national and international conferences, and has co-authored and edited a book, book chapters, and numerous peer-reviewed articles and government reports in the field. Jacinta is a non-executive Director of the Board of Suicide Prevention Australia, and Mates in Construction (Qld/NT), and a member on several national and international advisory boards regarding suicide prevention.

  • RAV Training and Development Team
  • (03) 8573 2222
  • This online, interactive workshop will be delivered live via Zoom video-conferencing. Further information will be provided upon registration. - To be advised
    • Starts 3:00pm Wednesday 2 December 2020
  • 3 - 4:30pm (AEDT)
    75 minutes of content and 15 minutes of moderated Q&As.

    Please note: registrations close 24 hours before the event start time. In addition to the live event link, all registrants will receive a link to the webinar recording post-event.
  • $75 per person (including GST)
  • Please note, in order to participate in this webinar, you will need access to the following:
    • Desktop or laptop computer
    • Reliable internet connection
    • Headphones
    • Microphone/speakers
    • Webcam (built in to your computer, or input separately)

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