Attending this two-day course will train you to intervene with an individual who is thinking about suicide.

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 18 or older can learn and use the ASIST model.

This workshop is not recommended for people who have had a recent suicide loss.

Learning goals and objectives

Over the course of their two-day workshop, ASIST participants learn to:

  • recognize that caregivers and people are affected by personal and societal attitudes about suicide;
  • provide life-assisting guidance to a person thinking about suicide in a flexible manner;
  • identify what needs to be in a person thinking about suicide’s plan for safety;
  • demonstrate the skills required to provide suicide first aid to a person thinking about suicide;
  • appreciate the value of improving community resources including the way that they work together; and,
  • recognize that suicide prevention is broader than suicide intervention and, includes life promotion and self care for people thinking about suicide and for caregivers.

Focusing upon the role of ASIST caregivers in a suicide-safer community, the goal of ASIST is to train caregivers who are willing, ready and able to provide life-assisting, suicide first aid.  Studies show that the ASIST method helps reduce suicidal feelings and is a cost-effective way to help address the problem of suicide.

Audience

Ages 18+
Participants can include but not limited to: parents and caregivers; natural helpers and advisors; educators and ministers; health practitioners; justice, law enforcers, emergency workers, and community volunteers.

Certificate and Accreditation

All participants who complete the course (14 hours of instruction time) will receive a certificate of participation.

ASIST is recognized by Canadian Accreditation Council Of Human Services (CACOHS) and the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB). Participants who have current ASIST certificate can obtain 14 hours of Category A professional development credits. If you do not belong to ASWB, please check with your professional association to see if you qualify for credits.

Special Accommodations

The ASIST has materials available in large print, Braille and other language translations. Please contact the Centre for Suicide Prevention if you need specific accommodations.

Testimonials

“My attitudes about mental health and suicide, as open as I believed them to be, were challenged consistently throughout this training. The material was covered in a way that felt informative and creative; it really allowed me to see suicide and people who are at risk of suicide from a different perspective. This training has changed the way I communicate in all aspects of my life — at my job, in school, with my family and friends. I believe that this training is useful for anybody and everybody, and I am thankful to have had the opportunity to take ASIST.”

“I love how ASIST can provide helpful info for individuals regardless of their background. I first took this course when I was starting in the mental health field. This time, I am coming with years of experience, however, I still took away important learning. Thank you!”

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