Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
ASIST, developed by LivingWorks Education, is a standardized and customizable two-day, two-trainer, workshop designed for members of all caregiving groups. The emphasis is on teaching suicide first-aid to help a person at-risk stay safe and seek further help as needed. Participants learn to use a suicide intervention model to identify persons with thoughts of suicide, seek a shared understanding of reasons for dying and living, develop a safeplan based upon a review of risk, be prepared to do follow-up, and become involved in suicide-safer community networks.
After training, ASIST participants should be able to:
1. Recognize that caregivers and persons at risk are affected by personal and societal attitudes about suicide.
2. Discuss suicide with a person at risk in a direct manner.
3. Identify risk alerts and develop safeplans related to them.
4. Demonstrate the skills required to intervene with a person at risk of suicide
5. List the types of resources available to a person at risk, including themselves.
6. Make a commitment to improving community resources.
Recognize that suicide prevention is broader than suicide first-aid and includes life promotion and self-care for caregivers.
Rationale: ASIST supports a primary health care model, providing help to persons at risk of suicide as early and as quickly as possible.
Fewer false positives: Community gatekeepers and primary healthcare providers trained in suicide first aid can reduce false positive referrals to mental health, be alert and talk directly about suicide,
Triage at the front line of caregiving: in theory and application. ASIST provides front line caregivers with lifesaver intervention skills to review suicide risk and provide safeplan support until a connection is made to a more specialized resource.
Common language: ASIST interventions follow a standardized model and comprehensive risk review framework. This training provides a common language to foster understanding and communication between mental health providers, gatekeepers, and other counselors and support resources.
General retail: $215.00 USD per participant
Time: 2 days (16 hours)
Minimum Number of Participants: 12, Maximum Number of Participants: 30
For more information or to request a training, please contact Paul Kirkpatrick, Training & Public Relations Coordinator at 301.864.7095 x422 or email (Get e-mail address).
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