Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a two-day interactive workshop in suicide first aid. ASIST teaches participants to recognize when someone may have thoughts of suicide and work with them to create a plan that will support their immediate safety. Although ASIST is widely used by healthcare providers, participants don't need any formal training to attend the workshop—anyone 16 or older can learn and use the ASIST model.
Since its development in 1983, ASIST has received regular updates to reflect improvements in knowledge and practice, and over 1,000,000 people have taken the workshop. Studies show that the ASIST method helps reduce suicidal feelings in those at risk and is a cost-effective way to help address the problem of suicide.
Learning goals and objectives
Over the course of their two-day workshop, ASIST participants learn to:
- Understand the ways that personal and societal attitudes affect views on suicide and interventions- Provide guidance and suicide first aid to a person at risk in ways that meet their individual safety needs- Identify the key elements of an effective suicide safety plan and the actions required to implement it- Appreciate the value of improving and integrating suicide prevention resources in the community at large- Recognize other important aspects of suicide prevention including life-promotion and self-care
-Presentations and guidance from two LivingWorks registered trainers-A scientifically proven intervention model-Powerful audiovisual learning aids-Group discussions-Skills practice and development-A balance of challenge and safety
You can learn more about LivingWorks' ASIST at https://www.livingworks.net/programs/asist/ .
- Workshops are held over 2 consecutive days, and you MUST ATTEND ALL PARTS OF BOTH DAYS to receive your certificate of completion and be eligible to take the exam for CEU's.
-There are fees associated with participating in these workshops. These fees vary depending on several factors, such as space rentals and food costs. We will attempt to access grants and/or donations to cover the fees whenever possible, but we cannot guarantee financial assistance will be available. This information will be included for your consideration in the email that will be sent when enough interested participants have signed up.
- CEU's are available if needed. Once you have completed both days of the ASIST workshop, you will receive a link to a page to take an exam about your training. These 12 CEU's are $60, and you will not be charged until you have passed the exam.
- If you have any special circumstances that we should know about, please let us know before the training. This could be due to a disability (such as needing certain aids), a recent loss, or even medical reasons. This will allow us the time to prepare whatever you might need while keeping the workshop in compliance with LivingWorks training standards.
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