Trauma and Suicide

The link between traumatic experiences and suicidal behaviour has been well documented, highlighting the need for early intervention. In this course, we explore different consequences of trauma, such as compassion fatigue, depression, vicarious trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, examining how we respond to trauma, as well as the possible consequences of our psychological and physiological responses.

You will learn the principles of early detection and intervention, including how to identify warning signs and symptoms. The course will provide you with the resources and tools needed to assess suicide risk and stage appropriate interventions, using crisis intervention, effective communication, safety plans and attentive listening skills. Topics will include suicidal ideation, suicide plans and types of suicide, particularly suicide by cop and chemical suicide.

This course is available at the following time(s) and location(s):

Campus Session(s) Instructor(s) Cost Seats available  
Online - Colleen Kamps $650.00 24 Register
Online - - TBD $650.00 28 Register

Schedule clarification: Online courses begin on the first date listed and end six days after the last date listed. The interim dates/times are not your actual online class times.

What will I learn?

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Examine self as a growing and strengthening first responder
  • Demonstrate knowledge of how trauma in the workplace impacts individuals
  • Define essential concepts related to trauma and trauma-informed care
  • Explore the consequences of trauma and PTSD
  • Recognize risk factors and warning signs for trauma and suicide
  • Identify protective and resiliency factors against trauma and suicide
  • Explore resources and tools to use for the three levels of response to suicide    

How will I learn?

  • Reflective Journal
  • Assignments
  • Participation in online discussions
  • Examinations

Hardware and software requirements 

We deliver this course using SFU's online course management system, Canvas. You will receive course details and Canvas access instructions on the first day of the course. You can check if your browser is compatible with Canvas here.

New to online learning? See About Online Learning for helpful videos and additional information.

Learning materials

You will access course materials online using Canvas