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Suicide Prevention in Adults: A Psychosocial Approach

Level 6, 20 Credits

Course aim

The aims of the programme is

  1. To develop an understanding of psychosocial suicide prevention approaches.
  2. To apply psychosocial suicide prevention approaches in practice.
Course cost


Course length

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, the next intake will be March 2021


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

Timetable - March 2021

Course content

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

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

Entry requirements

Evidence of study at level 5 to Diploma level

CPD award

This CPD is stand-alone 20 credit award 

Study dates

Dates for the coming year will be available shortly.


March 2021

How to apply

Please apply using the online application form.

Further information

For further information contact:

Programme Lead : Lisa Woods

Faculty Admissions Team
Faculty of Education, Health and Community
Liverpool John Moores University
79 Tithebarn Street
Liverpool L2 2ER

T: 0151 231 5829

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.

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