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Study Objectives & Qualification Profile

Module A – Crisis Theory and Suicidal Tendencies (2.5 ECTS)

A1 Crisis Theory

Content:

  • Life crises
  • Psychological development / crisis vulnerability
  • Traumatic and change crises and their proximity to emergency psychiatry

Learning Objectives:

  • Understanding the emergence and dynamics of crisis trajectories in pathology and health.
  • Ability to differentiate between causes of crises as well as an understanding of inner experiences in the context of crisis processes.

A2 Suicidal Tendencies

Content:

  • Epidemiology of suicidality
  • Assessment of suicidality
  • Dealing with suicidality
  • Crisis intervention vs. psychotherapeutic approaches to suicidality

Learning Objectives:

  • Understanding and ability to classify basic epidemiological figures and frequencies of suicidal acts in Austria and in an international context.
  • The competence to assess the acute risk of suicide, to apply crisis intervention techniques and to plan further work with chronically suicidal people.

Module B – Risk Groups (2.5 ECTS)

B1 Children and adolescents

Content:

  • Adolescent crises
  • Suicidality in school
  • Interventions in families and couples
  • Identity and affect regulation

Learning Objectives:

  • Ability to assess risk factors for suicidality in children and adolescents in and out of school.
  • Understanding and interpreting family and couple conflicts in relation to suicidality.
  • Understanding connections between identity, internal object relationships and affect regulation (suicidality as an expression of internal object manipulation).

B2 Seniors

Content:

  • Illness, loss and grief
  • Risk factors for suicidality in old age
  • Dying with dignity and ethical considerations
  • Palliative care vs. euthanasia

Learning Objectives:

  • Assess and understand suicidal responses to illness and loss in the context of responses to grief.
  • Assessment of risk factors for suicidality in old age and the ability to develop one's own position on the ethical aspects of euthanasia/assisted suicide.
  • Dealing with legal situations (including the StGB).

Module C – Prevention Research (2.5 ECTS)

C1 Media Coverage

Content:

  • Imitation effects - horizontal and vertical identification
  • Papageno effect
  • Reporting recommendations
  • Awareness, suicidality and the internet/social media
  • Cooperation with the media

Learning Objectives:

  • Understanding media effects
  • Composing media reports in accordance with guidelines
  • Understanding basic principles of dealing with the media in the context of suicide reports and expert interviews

C2 Prevention and Public Health

Content:

  • General prevention approaches (Evidence Based Prevention)
  • National suicide prevention programmes
  • Society and law (restriction)

Learning Objectives:

  • Understanding and planning prevention programmes within their own institutional framework based on international projects and role models.
  • Location within the National Suicide Prevention Programme in Austria.
  • Understand the social and legal framework of suicide prevention.

Module D – Practice and Case Work (2.5 ECTS)

D1 Case Presentations and Discussion

Content:

  • Crisis intervention using role plays

Learning Objectives:

  • Application of theory to "real-life" cases
  • Strengthening intervention skills
  • Practising the interventional procedure in a spontaneous context

D2 Regional Networks

Content:

  • Crisis intervention using role plays

Learning Objectives:

  • Apply theory to "real-life" circumstances in terms of referral networks and cooperation between institutions.
  • Knowing about and communicating with regional psychosocial networks.

Module E – Practical Application and Reflection (10 ECTS)

E1 Internship (6 ECTS)

  • The internship must be completed in a relevant institution that ensures adequate contact with people in crisis situations.

E2 Supervision (10 Hours; 1 ECTS)

  • The supervision is to be completed within the framework of the institutional supervision or externally.

E3 Thesis (Application example, Case Study; 3 ECTS)

  • This includes an elaboration of a case accompanied within the framework of the internship with reference to the course contents taught.