Professional Training Courses

Walker Psychology offers a wide range of training programmes tailored for professions. 


Our training programmes provide industry-leading suicide prevention courses that are designed to teach professionals how to reduce the immediate risk of suicide and provide longer-term care for those at risk.


  • No Prerequisites
  • Many courses include QPR Gatekeeper Training
  • Courses are clinically approved evidence-based programs that are flexible and able to be tailored to your professional and organisational needs

    All courses are:

    • Evidence-Based
    • Heavily Tested
    • Peer-Reviewed
    • Qualify for Continuing Education Credits

    Youth Suicide Prevention and Intervention for School Health Professionals

    This training program is for School Health Professionals: nurses, counsellors, psychologists, social workers and other allied health professionals who identify, screen and refer at-risk persons for further assessment and care. This course is offered as an extended version of the FSP Foundation Level Training programme expanded to include information on youth suicide prevention and intervention. This course is also available at the advanced level to include suicide risk assessment and triage training. Tailored course content specific to youth suicide intervention include: child and adolescent mental health, cognitive and emotional development, suicide contagion, self-harm, suicide and social media, etc.

    This course should be useful to all social workers, psychologists, nurses, counsellors, and teachers who may find themselves in the role of identifying and assisting troubled youth.

    Primary Care: Doctors, Nurses, Medical Specialists and Allied Health Professionals

    Because of the uniquely confidential and personal nature of the physician-patient relationship, people often disclose information to their physicians that they would not disclose to anyone else including thoughts of suicide. Not surprisingly, many patients who complete suicide have consulted a medical practitioner or health care provider in the weeks before their death. For this reason, it is essential that physicians, nurses, and primary care practitioners become familiar with suicide risk assessment and management techniques. Given the challenges our health care and mental health care systems face, Primary Care practitioners are increasingly on the front lines of suicide prevention, challenged with the detection, assessment and management of suicidal patients.

    Learn to routinely screen for suicide risk and how to conduct a brief best practice assessment. Includes FSP Foundations in Suicide Prevention

    Law Enforcement

    Law enforcement professionals are at the front line in New Zealand – as they are globally – and provide an essential link in suicide prevention and intervention efforts. FSP training teaches law enforcement professionals information and skills that are essential to protect those at risk in the community as well as co-workers, friends, family.
    Walker Psychology Foundations in Suicide Prevention training provides vital foundational suicide prevention skills. Our Advanced Suicide Risk Management and Triage Training includes training in a systematic and evidence-based process for determining level of risk in order to determine the level of intervention required.


    Correctional professionals have a high degree of contact with those at elevated risk of suicide, especially mentally ill offenders, those arrested for the first time, as well as those facing sentencing whether in jail or on probation. This evidence-based course teaches both students and working professionals how to mitigate the risk of suicide attempts and completions both in and out of correctional facilities.

    Includes Foundations in Suicide Prevention Training for Suicide Prevention

    Mental Health and Addictions Professionals

    Many mental health and addictions professionals are not experts in clinical Suicidology, yet assess and treat suicidal clients on a daily basis. This course is designed for clinicians who need practical, evidence-based, best practice interventions for helping the suicidal patients they treat. This training program provides ready-to-use, hands-on interventions and counselling strategies known to be effective in reducing the risk of suicide attempts or completions.

    Foundations in Suicide Prevention and our advanced level suicide risk assessment training is designed for mental health and addictions professionals who are responsible for the assessment, management and care of potentially suicidal clients. This course includes advanced level skills on how to interview potentially suicidal clients, determine immediate risk of suicide, and initiate a risk reduction and safety plan into an outpatient treatment plan. Advancced level training is available face-to-face and is designed to reduce mental health consumer morbidity and mortality by training clinical providers how to conduct and document a standardized best practice suicide risk assessment.