Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
Description: ASIST uses internationally recognized best practices customized to be relevant to students, employees or concerned citizens. Instructors maintain a balance of challenge and safety.
As an Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) trainee, or, ‘suicide first responder’, you will be better able to:• recognize and assist a person at risk to avoid suicide
• discuss suicide with a person at risk in a direct manner
• demonstrate the skills required to intervene with a person at risk of suicide
• recognize that caregivers and persons at risk are affected by personal and societal attitudes about suicide
• learn about the facts of suicide and dispel the myths
• identify risk alerts and develop a safe plan related to them
• list the types of resources available to a person at risk of suicide
• make a commitment to advocacy, improving community resources and networking
• recognize that suicide prevention is broader than suicide intervention and, includes life promotion and self-care for persons at risk and for caregivers.
The Instructors: Two instructors will facilitate the training. Both instructors are trained to provide assistance and support if any participants are struggling with the subject of suicide in the training.
Demetre Balaktsis (ID # n27948)
Bill Vassilopoulos (ID # n23566)
Registered Suicide Intervention Master Trainers through LivingWorks Education. In order to facilitate the training, trainers must attend an ASIST Training for Trainers and extensively study the program. They must also participate in a rigorous quality control process and maintain their skills by presenting ASIST trainings on a regular basis. Learn more about our 2 amazing instructors on their website www.vitalcorelife.com
Certificate & Accreditation: Upon completion, participants receive a certificate. ASIST was developed by Livingworks Education and is recognized as the international standard for suicide intervention training.
Many organizations and licensure boards will provide CEU (Continuing Education Units) credits for attending ASIST.
Duration: 14 hours over 2 days (8:30AM - 4:30PM on both days with a break for lunch). Please arrive 15 minutes early on the first day to fill out forms.
Completion Requirements: 100% attendance, skills demonstration.