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Digital Seminar

DID I MISS SOMETHING? PERCEIVING SECRET SUICIDAL THOUGHTS - Exploring the subtleties of suffering clients who are secretly considering suicide.

Beaté Steller, M.A.P.S. M.A.Ed. B.S.W (Hon) R.N.
One full day
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Aug 22, 2020
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Are pain and suffering the same? In suicide prevention we listen for and validate any subtleties of pain that our clients deem to be unbearable. Nevertheless, suffering and pain is complex and often in reflection after having provided a counselling/support session one will ask themselves if they missed something?

The principles of suicide prevention are based on a ‘no-secrets’ philosophy. However, what might be a cry for help from a person who is suffering might not be so obvious to the counsellor. This course explores the subtleties of client’s suicidal pain that can be missed in a counselling session and provides strategies to discern this with more confidence and compassion. The course promotes self-reflection for practitioners to also explore their own barriers that can block our capacity to listening to suffering and suicidal pain. Clarity will be promoted by exploring what happens when people write down their suicidal thoughts and have these read out aloud by someone else to create a better understanding, connection, and empathy amongst strangers.

The course will focus on suffering as a unique human experience and build upon principles of understanding, supporting, allowing and exploring this experience. A whole person approach will be applied when exploring the subtleties of suffering that can lead to suicide. Learn how to invite clients to unpack this whole person pain that is physical, mental, social and spiritual.  Research demonstrates that spiritual/existential concerns play a significant role as a protective and/or risk factors for suicidal behaviours and bereavement. This workshop will explore ways of ultimate meaning-making through relationships, the natural environment, 

religion and the arts which can become protective factors in suicide prevention.  All four areas are part of whole person and spiritual care and aims to alleviate suffering. Spirituality is a critical component in the healing process of people bereft through suicide. It becomes even more significant for older people, whose developmental need to make meaning increases with age. Older men (85 years and over) have the highest rates of suicide in Australia and this is often an unknown or unspoken statistic.

Elements of spiritual care interventions, reminiscing and the gift of silence in trust building work will be explored. Beate will draw on two decades of experience of working with people vulnerable or bereaved to suicide.

Feedback from Beate’s most recent presentations for PDP: (to be updated)

“Very good!! Great info. Lots of links to resources.”

“So much great content. Beate´ is fabulous.”

“Would have loved two days. Loved the body map and image exercise.”

“Very informative and practical – thank – you!”

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“It was the best PDP Seminar I have attended. Informative, educational, hands on. Everyone was involved it was interactive, different variety of resources used. Really enjoyed it.”

“Great learning today. Thank you.”

“Beate´ shares a lot of relevant, hands on stories that brings reality to the theory and information. Beate´ is a wonderfully warm engaging presenter.”

“Practical, usable, and far more grounded that I had imagined! SO many resources to take away with me!”

“Wonderful, valuable day – really opened my thinking on loss and grief leaving me feeling much more confident to support my grieving clients (and myself and family).



Beaté Steller, M.A.P.S.  M.A.Ed.  B.S.W (Hon) R.N.'s Profile

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Beaté Steller is a Sydney based adult educator, author, accredited mental health social worker, counsellor, clinical supervisor, adult educator, spiritual care practitioner and registered nurse. She has gathered experience in these variety of roles over 35 years in a variety of sectors and industries, including health, palliative and aged care, social housing and long-term unemployment. She has a special interest in working with older people and has been working in Residential Aged Care for over the last 14 years in the roles of Social Worker and Spiritual Wellbeing Co-ordinator.

For over a decade Beaté has specialized in grief and loss education/counselling and transition counselling and was a Director of the Board of NALAG (National Association for Loss) and Grief between 2009 - 2020. She had her first book published in 2017 called Tech-connect –Staying Meaningfully Connected in Aged Care. She has both graduate and postgraduate qualifications in Adult Education, Social Work and Nursing, holds a Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training. She completed her second Master Degree in Ageing and Pastoral Studies in 2019. Her Masters research was on Mindfulness Meditation Groups in Residential Aged Care and its Relevance Spiritual Growth and Wellbeing. Beaté has a history of working with people from Indigenous and culturally diverse backgrounds. Beaté also holds professional membership with the AASW, the NSW Health Services Profession (as a Registered Nurse), and Spiritual Care Australia.

Registration Details

Registration fee:  $199

Lifetime access to the video and the resources

Attendance Certificate for 6 hours of interactive training.  

This seminar provides 6 hours for CPD points.   

You will need a steady internet connection, and a device such as a computer, tablet or phone upon which to view and participate.


Learning objectives of this training:

  1. Experience greater confidence when working with subtle suicidal ideation in clients.
  2. Understand processes to build trust and connection to explore hidden suffering and pain.
  3. Identify the key elements in suicide prevention, post-vention and risk assessment.
  4. Practice leading a difficult conversation and explore pain with a person who is expressing subtle suicidal thoughts.
  5. Explore a range of definitions that provide understanding of what spirituality is in the context of meaning-making and working with existential questions in the context of suicidal ideation and bereavement.
  6. Consider and practice how we can support bereft people better by responding to existential/spiritual questions and expressions more confidently.

“If you ever wondered ‘Did I missed something’ in terms of a client’s covert vulnerability to suicide, then this course provides you with skills and practice to redress your confidence in suicide prevention.   Beate Steller


How will you benefit from attending this training?

  • Reflect on the complexities of identifying suffering and psychache (Schneidman) and develop the art of listening to the subtleties of suicidal ideation.
  • Access skills that encourage conversations that address meaning making and existential questions linked with suicidality.
  • Practice leading and listening to difficult conversations and exploring pain and suffering.


Session 1: 

  • Welcome and overview of the day.
  • Identify the challenges with understanding suicidal ideation and what are the factors that make us doubt if we ‘missed something’ when we have a sense that the client is suffering.
  • Short review of suicide prevention process and identifying further assessment skills needed to open up conversations for more subtle expressions of suffering.
  • Practice leading a difficult conversation and explore pain with a person who is expressing subtle suicidal thoughts.

Session 2:

  • Explore and practice how we can support bereft people better by addressing existential and spiritual questions more confidently.
  • Practice following up conversations that has put a doubt in our mind when we have reflected of the client’s covert vulnerability to suicide.
  • Recommitting to self-care and self-compassion.


Evaluation and quiz - your payment includes a quiz which when completed with a minimum of 80% correct answers, will enable you to download your Attendance Certificate. To complete the quiz, please log into your account at and click the orange "Certificate" button under the program's title. For live webcasts, post-tests must be completed within one month of viewing the program.

Target Audience

This seminar has been designed to extend the clinical knowledge and applied skill of Psychologists, Counsellors, Psychotherapists, Coaches, Social Workers and Psychiatrists with little knowledge of Existential theory and practice.

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