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CPD Suicide Prevention in Adults: A Psychosocial Approach

Level 6 (undergraduate), 20 Credits

Start dates
July, October, January, April
Course length
15 weeks PartTime
City campus

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Course aim

The aims of the programme are to develop an understanding of psychosocial suicide prevention approaches and to apply psychosocial suicide prevention approaches in practice.

Course content

Course under review

After completing the module the student should be able to:

  • Explore and analyse psychosocial suicide prevention models and their influence on practice.
  • Demonstrate critical awareness of suicide risk factors related to psychosocial suicide prevention models as they may apply to the individual.
  • Examine and evaluate the wider context of psychosocial suicide prevention.

Course contact will include:

  • Evidence base for psychosocial suicide prevention
  • Legal ethical professional aspects of psychosocial suicide prevention
  • Philosophy of risk management
  • Understanding of the influence of risk factors
  • Risk formulation
  • Safety planning
  • Effective person centred care: collaboration/engagement, care, compassion and hope

Teaching and learning

The course is delivered over one semester, with a total of 200 hours of learning, 20 of these hours will be in the classroom.

The course is offered once per year.

One day per week, usually Thursday afternoons. You will be required to undertake online activity in between sessions.

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Entry requirements

  • Extra Requirements

    Evidence of study at level 5 to Diploma level

How to apply

To apply for this programme, you are required to complete an LJMU CPD application form. You will need to provide details of your qualifications and curent employment.


You will assessed via a 15 minute presentation and a 3000 word written assessment.

CPD award

This course is stand-alone and is not within a wider award framework.

The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.

Further guidance on programme changes.