Goals of the CI Suicide Attention Training:

The Suicide Attention training is a comprehensive and experiential training course aimed at therapists, health professionals and people that work in education/medical/personal development professions, that are looking for tools to recognize and support those in their communities that might be experiencing suicidal distress.  The primary focus is to develop insight into how to respond to the needs of clients in crisis while maintaining a therapeutic relationship deep rooted in compassion and care. This training is designed to promote confidence in holding space for clients in suicidal distress as well as to provide effective therapeutic interventions that support the client’s healing and growth.

Suicide affects millions of people worldwide with a ripple effect felt in our homes, families, communities and wider society. The societal stigma around suicide is still one of the factors contributing to rising numbers of deaths worldwide. The statistics regarding suicide among young age groups have become a public concern, yet there are no standard measures around who might experience suicidal ideation. Marginalized communities, helping professionals, stressed parents or any isolated person are equally vulnerable groups, but in a world growing in pressure, competitivity and constant conflict, any person, regardless of their education, profession, age or context can be impacted by suicidal thoughts.

This training offers insight into the factors that might lead someone to suicide, tools to establish safety in connection that can encourage the person to disclose and receive help in their struggle, as well as practical directions that can reframe and integrate the suicidal thoughts into a life-affirming process of healing and self-discovery. The experiential aspect of the course allows participants to do their own self-inquiry into how supporting a suicidal person might impact them emotionally, through group exercises that encourage self knowledge, self reflection and vulnerability. 

Meet the Facilitators:

Irina Ungureanu is a trauma-informed therapist with a background in transpersonal psychology and performative arts, a PhD in interculturalism and specializing in her private practice in support for suicidal distress. Based in Bucharest, Romania, she is a public speaker, trainer and lecturer on personal development, societal trauma and therapeutic modalities, focusing on group processes and suicide prevention.
For the past years she was, alongside Camilla Monroe, a facilitator of the Suicide Attention space – monthly meetings of support within the CI training, as well as coordinator of the Suicide Prevention and Support Team within CI – for anyone in the training that might be experiencing suicidal distress, and creator of the Suicide Attention Training.

Camilla Monroe is a trauma informed psychotherapist based in Cork City, Ireland. Camilla became a psychotherapist inspired by her own trauma recovery journey and is very focused on the mind body connection in her work. Alongside her private practise, Camilla worked as a therapist and clinical assessor for a suicide prevention charity in Ireland, supporting clients experiencing self-harm and suicidal ideation. Camilla started her CI journey in May 2020. Since that time, Camilla and her colleague Irina Ungureanu have been seeking ways to integrate Gabor Mate’s Compassionate Inquiry approach into a treatment lens that shifts the focus from suicide prevention to suicide attention to support both those experiencing suicidal distress and those working with it. Camilla Monroe is a certified CI Practitioner. 

About the Approach:

The foundation for this training is first of all a shift from Suicide Prevention to Suicide Attention. Created by Camilla Monroe and Irina Ungureanu, this training integrates principles and skills of the Compassionate Inquiry Approach, developed by Dr. Gabor Mate and Sat Dharam Kaur N.D.

Dr. Gabor Mate often maintains ‘Where there is tension it needs attention’. This perspective is the essence of Compassionate Inquiry. This approach seeks to understand and explore the function and context of the thoughts and form relationship to them. Valuable insights are lost when suicidal ideation is approached with a desire to distract away from or ‘stop’ the thoughts as they often carry great insights into areas of life where clients need more support or resources as well as uncovering their unmet needs. When we can be compassionately curious and aware of our own triggers around the topic of suicide, this makes a profound difference in the therapeutic or support space of individuals experiencing suicidal distress, as well as destigmatizing the subject by building a community environment where people feel safe to explore and express and understand this aspect of their experience.

The focus of this training is not only to offer the clinical skills and interventions to support a client in suicidal distress, but also aims to enhance the general wellbeing of people living with suicidal ideation. Compassionate Inquiry is rooted in respect for the individuals process, having faith in it and an understanding that adaptive responses are there for good reason, even if initially that function is unconscious. Dr Gabor Mate’s approach to addiction states “It is impossible to understand addiction without asking what relief the addict finds, or hopes to find, in the drug or the addictive behavior.”

There are many complex reasons why someone may feel suicidal, some may derive comfort from thoughts of death which gives back control in situations that feel overwhelming, allows for an extreme tuning out or provides an escape when there is the perception of no escape. Understanding suicidal feelings as a coping mechanism for those who are in significant emotional pain is far more helpful than a reactionary treatment focus on keeping the individual alive, which according to research has limited and short-lived efficiency.  This course offers the Compassionate Inquiry based skills and tools that support a heart centred, relational and connected approach to working with suicidal distress .

You Will Learn

  • An understanding of the nervous system: A Polyvagal Perspective
  • A biopsychosocial model of looking at suicide
  • Identifying risk factors: working with more complex presentations
  • Self-regulation skills for clients and therapist: Finding Safety in the Present Moment
  • How to identify and work with your own triggers around suicide
  • How to assist people to find compassion for and befriend their suicidal thoughts
  • Using a parts-based approach to promote wholeness and integration
  • How to enhance resilience and resources for managing suicidal states
  • How to assist a suicidal person to reconnect with their authentic self.
  • Addressing therapeutic boundaries when working with suicidal clients
  • How to work with Shame and move towards possibility and growth, for a meaningful and life-affirming experience
  • Recognizing the cognitive distortions that drive suicidal ideation
  • How to co create a resource based safety plan with your client

CI Suicide Attention Training is for

  • Anyone above the age of 18
  • All Participants already enrolled in the CI Professional Training
  • Graduated and certified CI Practitioners
  • Individuals in Health Care and Education settings who are interested in developing understanding and compassion towards this important topic
  • Mental Health and other professionals, seeking to develop their skills working with suicidal clients

Because of the depth of self-reflection required, as well as the possibly triggering nature of the material, the CI Suicide Attention training is not suitable for:

  • Individuals in active addiction to substances
  • Individuals with severe mental illness
  • Individuals experiencing active suicidal ideation

Course Structure:

Weekly Themes Include:

  • Module 1: Safety and Connection in Working with Suicidal Clients
  • Module 2: Seeing the Clients in their Context -Using Bio Psycho-Social Lens
  • Module 3: The Importance of Stabilization -Why this focus is important when working with suicidal distress and how to support your client in this process. PTSD and suicide
  • Module 4: Mapping Their Triggers: Building an understanding as to the function of suicidal thoughts. Ace’s, PCE and resilience
  • Module 5: Suicide and the unmet needs: Authenticity and Attachment. Working With Core Beliefs
  • Module 6: Working with Shame: Recognizing Shame States and Supporting clients to move towards Connection and Compassion
  • Module 7: Integrating the Suicidal Part and Bring Back into Wholeness -the IFS Approach
  • Module 8: Supporting Parents of a Suicidal Teen
  • Session Nine is an integration module, with an open space for bringing case studies or questions


The cost of the CI Suicide Attention Training is $1000,00 CAD per participant, for the training, which includes 9 sessions. Follow the link below, if you wish to apply.

Register for CI Suicide Attention Training

Cancellation Policy

This is an experiential program with a limited number of spaces available. If you wish to withdraw from the program after you make your first payment or a full payment, you will be given a full refund (minus a $250 cancellation fee) if cancelling after your payment and before the ending of Module 2 week, after the advertised start date of the course. No refunds are allowed after the given date. No exceptions.