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Suicidal Behaviour in Secure Environments: Assessment, Formulation and Management (CPD event)

Our one-day training workshop aims to develop understanding, knowledge and practice.

Date and time: To be confirmed.
Location: Forensic Academy, The University of Manchester
Fee: £149 (includes all training materials, lunch and refreshments)
Contact us: Email or phone +44 (0)161 306 7802


The focus will be on prison and secure environments, although concepts are relevant to similar environments. The workshop will complement participants' existing knowledge training on self-harm/suicide awareness, and policies and protocols, by enhancing individual understanding of suicidal behaviour. Participants will develop personal skills in suicide risk assessment, monitoring and management, in order to reduce and prevent such outcomes.

The workshop will enable participants to understand how to approach the assessment, formulate a suicidal episode and consider suitable interventions for care and risk management. Some consideration will be given to personal impact of managing suicidal behaviour, including the importance of self-care and resilience.

Who should attend?

The training is intended for any staff, practitioners, academics or researchers with an interest in this area who want to develop their theoretical knowledge evidence-base and practical skills. No prior knowledge is required but experience of working in secure environments would be beneficial.

Learning objectives

By the end of the workshop, participants will:

  • understand suicidal behaviour in secure environments from a research, theoretical and psychological perspective;
  • understand the complexities of suicide risk assessment and formulation in secure environments;
  • have an awareness of how to approach suicide risk assessment, monitoring, management and intervention in secure environments.

About the trainer

Dr Naomi Humber, BSc, PhD, D.Clin.Psy, C.Psychol, AFBPsS

Naomi is a Chartered Psychologist and registered Clinical Psychologist who works in HMP Manchester and is currently a Lecturer on the Forensic Mental Health programme at The University of Manchester. She has researched prison mental health services and prisoner suicide for 10 years at The University of Manchester and has a specific research interest in suicide in prison and secure environments.

She conducted the national case-control study of suicide among prisoners in England and Wales, being awarded the New Research Prize in Forensic Psychiatry by the Royal College of Psychiatrists for her PhD research. For her doctorate in Clinical Psychology, she investigated the pathways towards psychological distress, self-harm, and suicidality in adult male prisoners.

What our students say

"A very well presented and thoughtful course which will enhance service provision."

"Really useful and interesting event for practitioners. It's good that it catered for a variety for secure environments."

"The event was thought-provoking with a good balance of research and practical exercises."

"The facilitator was knowledgeable and passionate. The event offered interesting training and good factual information that will inform my future practice."

"Naomi was a great speaker and kept my interest."

How to book your place

Book online or download and complete the ‌Forensic Academy event booking form (Word, 41KB).

Contact us

Tel: +44 (0)161 306 7802