Front-Line Training:
An Integrative Approach to Suicide in Complex Mental Illnesses

Front-Line Training:
An Integrative Approach to Suicide in Complex Mental Illnesses 

These training sessions are intended for front-line professionals. Through interactive discussions and case studies you will learn an integrative approach by employing CBT-p, DBT, and Mindfulness techniques; how to assess suicide risk of individuals living with complex mental illnesses (i.e. schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, and other psychotic illnesses); and how to intervene and provide the support they need.

In these two sessions you will learn the following:
  1. Understanding suicide amongst people living with complex mental illnesses
  2. How to begin a conversation with individuals with suicidal ideation
  3. How to conduct a comprehensive suicide assessment through a bio-psycho-social-spiritual lens
  4. How to assess a person’s level of risk by identifying warning signs, risk factors, and safety measures
  5. Suicidal interventions and coping strategies informed by CBT-p, DBT, and Mindfulness 
A Certificate of Completion will also be provided to attendees who complete the two-session training.

Session 1: Wed., Jan. 10, 2024 - 6:00-8:00pm EST
Session 2: Wed., Jan. 17, 2024 - 6:00-8:00pm EST

Style: Interactive

Fee: $350 per person, Early Bird pricing of $300 until Wed., Jan. 3, 2024

Meet the Facilitators:

Sophie Hwang, MSW, RSW, PhD (Ed.)
Sophie is the director of support and educational services and the cognitive behavioural therapy for psychosis training lead at IAM. She provides support and services to individuals and family members who are impacted by a broad range of psychotic illnesses, including schizophrenia. She also developed and delivers IAM's Recovery in Action CBT group for individuals living with psychosis. She received her CBT training from the University of Toronto and the Beck Institute. A registered social worker, Sophie has an MSW from York University and an MEd in Counselling Psychology and a PhD in Education from the University of Toronto.


Mindy Lee, MSW, RSW 
Mindy is a family and individual clinical counsellor at IAM and a registered social worker who has been working in the mental health field for seven years. She earned her Bachelors of Social Work degree in 2014 and then Master of Social Work in 2021. Mindy has experience working with adults with dual diagnosis and youth with special needs. She is passionate about helping clients and their family members, conducting program evaluation and skill development. Mindy applies a strengths-based approach to her work and utilizes trauma-informed and recovery-oriented modalities as well as cognitive behavioural therapy. She is currently focusing on supporting individuals and their caregivers to increase daily functioning, reduce stress and improve their quality of life.


Shera Piracha, MSW, RSW
Shera is a Family & Individual Clinical Counsellor at IAM – providing services to individuals and their family members impacted by a range of mental health challenges. Shera pulls from somatic and trauma-informed as well as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) modalities in her approach to clinical practice. She is focused on considering the impact of social and structural systems on the body and mind, and works with clients in navigating the impact of these systems on them. Shera is a Registered Social Worker (RSW) and holds a Master of Social Work (MSW) from York University.


About Events

The Institute for Advancements in Mental Health (IAM) is proud to offer in-house services, events and programs around the needs of our clients - people with complex mental health needs and their support circles.