suicide to Hope

suicide to Hope

This recovery and growth workshop is primarily designed for clinicians and other professional helpers who work with persons previously at risk of and currently safe from suicide. One day in length, this workshop provides tools to help these helpers and persons with experience of suicide work together to develop achievable and significant recovery and growth goals.

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Workshop process

During suicide to Hope (s2H), participants reflect upon their qualities as helpers—the beliefs, values, and attitudes they bring to the relationship. They also learn about various meanings of suicide experiences and discover the opportunities for recovery and growth they present. More specifically, suicide to Hope is structured around a three-phase Pathway to Hope (PaTH) model. The Understanding Phase focuses on exploring and describing barriers to recovery and growth. This establishes a foundation for the Planning Phase involving the formulation of recovery and growth goals and plans. The Implementing Phase focuses on monitoring progress and reviewing the process. Clinicians and professional helpers who attend a s2H workshop learn how to use this model collaboratively with those they serve. The workshop is highly interactive with a mix of large group and small group discussion and simulations.

FOCUS: Recovery and growth for persons previously at risk of and currently safe from suicide
DURATION: One day (8 hours)
FACILITATOR: One registered facilitator per 24 participants
PARTICIPANTS: Clinicians and other professional helpers who work with persons previously at risk of and currently safe from suicide

Goals and objectives

The workshop’s goal is to encourage and enable participants to apply a recovery and growth oriented approach to working with persons previously at risk and currently safe from suicide.

Participants will learn to:

  • Describe how suicide experiences provide an opportunity for recovery and growth work
  • Recognize how their Helper Qualities might impact recovery and growth work
  • Understand a schematic of common issues and related recovery and growth opportunities
  • Apply a model for setting recovery and growth goals; and a framework for monitoring and coordinating recovery and growth work







Recovery and growth approaches have demonstrated significant positive impacts in mental health, substance abuse, and trauma but have not been developed for use with those recovering from suicide. To meet this need, LivingWorks has developed suicide to Hope: a Recovery and Growth workshop that provides clinicians and other professionals with skills to help persons previously at risk identify opportunities for recovery and growth arising out of their experiences with suicide.

suicide to Hope is primarily designed for clinicians and other professional helpers and assumes that participants already have some familiarity with suicide prevention and intervention helping work. The skills learned in the suicide to Hope workshop are designed to complement and enhance existing knowledge, helping approaches and experience, and are applicable to people in a wide variety of professional disciplines. They are intended to support clinicians and other professional helpers who work with persons previously at risk of and currently safe from suicide on a long-term basis beyond the first-aid emergency situation. LivingWorks’ two-day ASIST workshop is not a prerequisite for attendance, but is recommended as one way to learn the suicide intervention skills that are necessary for using suicide to Hope’s tools. 

If you are interested in hosting a suicide to Hope workshop for your organization, please contact us with your inquiry. Hosting a workshop involves providing an appropriate space with the necessary audiovisual equipment, coordinating with a facilitator who can present the program, and also handling participant registrations and fees. LivingWorks can work with you to help facilitate this process.

Yes, suicide to Hope can provide continuing education unit (CEU) credits. To learn more and download a template to help you obtain credits, please visit our CEU information page.

In designing and testing programs, LivingWorks uses the social research and development model created by Jack Rothman. Major features of this model include an analysis of relevant research to inform program creation, expert feedback, pilot studies, field trials, selection of diffusion method, development of user-ready materials, and dissemination. Each phase provides opportunities to evaluate and refine the program with information collected from a variety of stakeholders and end-users. While this process requires time and significant resources, its use ensures that LivingWorks’ programs are well conceived, practical, and effective. 

If you want to learn more about suicide to Hope or are interested in hosting a workshop, we would love to hear from you. Please contact us.

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