Emergency Services Postvention Response

 Emergency Services Postvention Response (ESPR) training aims to:

  • Provide ‘active’ first responders with knowledge and skills to respond effectively after a (suspected) suicide
  • Assist first responders in effective critical incident management
  • Empower and enable/promote resilience, when responding after suicide
  • Improve the quality of both psychosocial and peer support services.

Providing this type of ‘postvention’ support after suicide is recognised internationally as a key aspect of suicide prevention.

This one-day highly interactive workshop is delivered by two facilitators with extensive knowledge and practical experience of working in the fields of critical incident management and suicide postvention (care of those bereaved by suicide). While the sessions are interactive, the training does not include any role-play.

Please note that only ‘active duty’ first responders are permitted to attend (i.e. personnel who are actively engaged in e.g. police, ambulance, fire, air, sea and rescue services).

ESPR training will be launched January 2021

Cost per person: £299 + VAT*
Venue: TBC
Time: 09:00 (registration). Training commences 09.30 until 16.30
*Price includes lunch and refreshments

To register on ESPR training or to enquire about in-house ESPR training, please contact:

Paul Higham
Email: paul.higham@suicidebereavementuk.com
Tel: 01706 827359
Mob: 07850 710 555

What is included in ESPR training?

ESPR training includes:

Mixed formal delivery methods include:

  • taught sessions
  • films
  • group discussion
  • individual and group exercises

All activities aim to increase understanding, motivation, and stimulate discussion.

Who designed and developed ESPR training?

ESPR training has been designed and developed by Andrea Walraven-Thissen and Dr Sharon McDonnell.

Andrea Walraven-Thissen Andrea is a crisis intervention specialist with over 20 years  experience.  She is a leader in the field of critical incident management and has authored a guide for emergency services on how to respond to those bereaved by suicide: Responding After Suicide: A Practical Guide to Immediate Postvention 

Dr McDonnell has specialised is recognised as an internationally leader in the field of suicide bereavement research.  She is an experienced training developer and facilitator (e.g. led the design/development of the ‘Postvention Assisting those Bereaved By Suicide (PABBS)’ training programme), which is first of its kind internationally.  She has led the research project which informed the development of ESPR training.

What is unique about ESPR training?

  • ESPR training is the only ‘evidence-based’ emergency services suicide postvention training internationally. ‘Evidence-based’ means that it was developed from a one year research study
  • It is the only ‘theory-based ’ emergency services suicide bereavement training internationally. ‘Theory-driven’ means that delivery of ESPR training is based on an existing training framework that supports learning
  • The research that the training is based on explored the perceived needs of first responder personnel in several European countries (e.g. UK and Holland) in relation to their professional experiences of responding to suicide.

It is delivered by two trainers, with extensive knowledge and practical experience of working in the fields of critical incident management and suicide postvention.

Download our ESPR Leaflet