APPLIED SUICIDE INTERVENTION SKILLS TRAINING (ASIST)
Most people thinking about suicide don’t actually want to die, but they need help deciding to stay alive. You don’t need any prior training to attend ASIST, just a willingness to make a difference.
ASIST is a two-day interactive workshop that teaches you how to recognize someone who may be at risk for suicide, how to intervene and promote safety and how to identify appropriate supports to help keep the person safe. Participants will receive an informational workbook and wallet card that summarizes the training as well as a list of community resources.
Ideal for child welfare, education, counseling, community justice, domestic violence, healthcare, senior services, other social service providers, and concerned citizens who want to know more.
The goal of ASIST is to enhance a caregiver’s abilities to assist a person at risk to avoid suicide. By completing this workshop, participants will know how:
- to recognize that caregivers and persons at risk are affected by personal and societal attitudes about suicide
- to discuss suicide with a person at risk in a direct manner
- to identify risk alerts and develop a safe plan related to them
- to demonstrate the skills required to intervene with a person at risk of suicide
- to list the types of resources available to a person at risk of suicide, including themselves
- to make a commitment to improving community resources and networking
- to recognize that suicide prevention is broader than suicide intervention and includes life promotion and self-care for persons at risk and for caregivers
What to expect:
- Audio/visual presentations
- Group discussions
- Skill simulations
- Opportunities for practice
- Helpful coaching from instructors
- Earn five year certification
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