2016 Annual Professional Development Day

The “ASK” Workshop

Assessing for Suicide in Kids

What you will learn:

  1. What do young children really understand about death and/or suicide?
  2. Children may consciously or unconsciously signal that they are at risk for suicide;
  3. How to talk with a child about death and suicide;
  4. New research exists about risk factors, protective factors, and how they interact;
  5. How to use what you learn about risk and protective factors to begin safety planning;
  6. How to work with parents and other helpers to increase safety;
  7. Advocating for a child at risk of suicide.

Applying what you have learned:

Participants will be given an opportunity to apply what they have learned through the use of case studies based on actual children at risk.

Learning Methods:

Learning will occur through the use of mini-lectures, Socratic processes, small group discussion, and video enactments.


Participants will leave feeling empowered and hopeful about their ability to make a difference for a child at risk of suicide.

When: Friday February 26, 2016

Time: 9AM – 4PM

Where: TBA, London, ON

Cost: $125/p    

*Cost includes lunch and refreshments

Note: seating is limited to 42

Workshop facilitated by Wallis Balog

Wallis Balog is a mental health professional, suicide consultant, trainer, and compassion fatigue specialist who has dedicated over 30 years of her life to providing counselling, therapy, training and support to people of all ages and walks of life struggling with mental health concerns. 

Wallis is President of the Ontario Association for Suicide Prevention, a member of the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention and the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychotherapists and Psychometrists. She is also a part of the development team at LivingWorks Education Inc