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Training we provide

TCD Student Counselling Service provides training to staff and student groups as well as external organisations. See below for the details of upcoming training workshops.

We can also provide bespoke trainings and experiential workshops on request. Please do not hesitate to contact the Student Counselling Service for details.

SafeTALK (Suicide Alertness)

SafeTALK 'suicide alertness for everyone' is a half day training programme that prepares participants to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first aid resources. These specific skills are called suicide alertness and are taught with the expectation that the person learning them will use them to help reduce suicide risk in their communities. Participants learn how to provide practical help to persons with thoughts of suicide in only a few hours. Following a safeTALK workshop you will be more willing and able to perform an important helping role for persons with thoughts of suicide.

A SafeTALK certificate will be awarded to all who complete the training

Cost: Free of Charge

Date: Thursday 18th October 2018 and repeated on Thursday 21st February 2019

Time: 10am to 2pm

Facilitator: Scott Ahearn

Venue: SCS Seminar Room

Max 30 places available. Available to staff or students. To book in, please phone 01 8961407

ASIST (Suicide Intervention)

ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) is a two-day interactive workshop in suicide first-aid. It is suitable for all kinds of caregivers - health workers, teachers, community workers, Gardai, youth workers, volunteers, people responding to family, friends and co-workers. ASIST trains participants to reduce the immediate risk of suicide and increase the support for a person at risk. It helps them seek a shared understanding of reasons for suicide and reasons for living.

Cost: Free of Charge

Facilitators: Scott Ahearn and Sandra Carroll

Training will take place in January 2019, dates to be confirmed. To register your interest please email

Responding to Students in Distress

This half day workshop aims to equip college staff with the skills, knowledge and confidence to support students who are experiencing significant distress. It is suitable for tutors, assistant wardens, students union and anyone else in a supportive role. The workshop covers active listening, boundaries and referral skills, and active participation is encouraged.

This workshop runs once per semester, with 16 places available on each workshop.

Cost: Available on request

Date: TBC To register your interest, please email

Venue: SCS Seminar Room

Understanding Self Harm

This workshop provides opportunities to improve knowledge, awareness and understanding of self-harming behaviour. Participants consider how personal attitudes and experiences might affect their helping role with a person who self-harms. It aims to clarify what self-harm is, what leads people to engage in the behaviour and considers its relationship with suicide. The causes, reasons behind the behaviour, and the functions are discussed. Positive approaches to engaging with and caring for someone who self-harms are presented. Active participation is encouraged.

Facilitator: Chuck Rashleigh

Cost: Free of Charge

Date: TBC. Please email to register your interest

Venue: SCS Seminar Room

Training the trainer: sexual consent workshops

This one day workshop prepares college staff and students to co-facilitate the TCD Sexual Consent Workshops, which have been run in the college since 2016. It includes basic facilitation skills as well as increasing knowledge about sexual consent.

These workshops are run in August each year to prepare for Sexual Consent workshops which happen during orientation. Please contact Trish Murphy for further information

Training for New Tutors

This workshop covers active listening skills, setting appropriate boundaries and making informed and helpful referrals.

These workshops are run annually in August each year

Responding to Student Death

This full day workshop aims to provide information on best practice in the response to the death of a student.

Facilitator: Dr. Deirdre Flynn

Please register your interest in this training workshop at to be informed of upcoming dates