Approach to Training


Tailor-made Training

As the name suggests, TaylorMade Training and Consulting (TMTC) is committed to tailor-made training solutions to meet your organisation’s needs.  Not subscribing to the ‘one training package fits all’ approach, training can be delivered at the introductory through to advanced learning levels.  Our training needs identification process includes:

  • understanding of your organisation’s core business, mission, values and services provided

  • understanding of the service users and the context in which your workers engage with them

  • your organisation’s learning and development needs

  • current skill and knowledge base of workers

  • time available for training


In-house training at your organisation is the preferred training delivery model as it ensures that the training is specific and relevant to your organisation.

Renowned for delivering at the highest professional standards, TaylorMade training is based on

  • the latest research and thinking in suicide prevention and postvention, 

  • adult learning principles

  • sound clinical practice

  • and the applied learnings gained from extensive practical experience working in the field.

From the pre-trainiing consultation through to the post-training debrief, TMTC will work closely with you at all stages of the training development and delivery.​ 

Stages in training development

  1. Initial conversation with training client​

  2. Client completes training needs from

  3. 2nd conversation with client to confirm the details in the training needs form

  4. Training proposal with draft training curriculum sent to client

  5. Client provides feedback and amendments

  6. Final proposal and curriculum sent to client for sign off

  7. Training delivered

  8. Post training quality assurance feedback sheet sent to client

  9. Debrief conversation where client provides feedback on the training 

If required, a training needs assessment or skills audit can be undertaken by TMTC to inform the development of the training program.  These have been undertaken in a range of organisations from small community based organisations through to large government departments.


Training can also be adapted to ensure it meets the requirements of Assessment Standards in the NZQA framework. In particular, but not exclusively, it will meet the requirements for the following two qualifications:


NQF 0825 National Certificate in Social Service Work in Suicide Intervention (Level 4)

NQF 0826 National Certificate in Social Service Work in Suicide Intervention (Level 6)

Training Modules
TaylorMade Training and Consulting has an extensive suite of training modules that have been developed and refined over thirty years. The modules can be delivered as either a stand alone workshop or can be adapted and included in a composite workshop.  All modules have been consistently evaluated by participants as either excellent or very good in terms of content , relevance and delivery. 
  • Introduction to Suicide and Suicidal Behaviour

  • Risky Living: Understanding risk factors for suicide

  • Educating for Life: Effective youth suicide prevention strategies

  • Conversations for Living: Safe and appropriate ways to ask about suicide with someone you are concerned about

  • Spirit living: Role of spirituality and faith in suicide prevention – Workshop for pastoral workers, church youth workers, clergy and faith leaders

  • Wellbeing for Living: The role of wellbeing and resiliency in suicide prevention

  • Sad Blokes: Men, Depression and Suicide

  • What if she’ll not be right?:  Supporting the depressed men

  • Grey not Blue: Depression and Suicide in Older People

  • Rainbow Blues: Depression and suicide in LGBTI communities

  • Equal Not the Same: LGBTI inclusive practice in health, social service and community settings

  • Dealing with the Aftermath: Responding to the impact of suicide in a whanau or a community

  • Honouring Not Glorifying: The role of funerals in suicide postvention: Workshop for funeral celebrants, clergy and funeral directors

  • I only want to know why:  Understanding why someone you love suicides

  • Journeys of Hope: Suicide Prevention in Refugees and Asylum Seekers

  • After the War:  Suicide in veterans and peacekeepers

  • Dark humour – coping strategy or denial: Suicide and the role of PTSD in first responders (Police, Ambulance, Fire and Civil Defence)

TMTC has delivered training in New Zealand, Australia, Caribbean, Pacific Islands, India, Malaysia, Nepal, Singapore, Thailand, United Kingdom and United States to a wide range of  communities and different settings:
  • urban, provincial, rural and remote
  • indigenous
  • culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD),
  • refugee
  • NGO
  • bereaved by suicide and lived experience
  • workplace and educational
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