Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

You are invited to a 2-day ASIST course on October 5 and 6 (8:00 am – 4:00 pm). This course will be taught by Hickory Smith and Perrin Werner. Hickory and Perrin have experience teaching this course and helping those who are having thoughts of suicide. We are holding this course for clergy, those working in the schools, non-profits, county workers, and first responders. Anyone 18 or older, however, may attend if we do not recieve enough interest. This event is being held at a church and will be run by two military chaplains, but it is not a religious course. See below for more information.

The cost of this course is $30, to be paid the first day of the event. We are allowed to offer this course at a reduced rate thanks to a generous donation from Thrivent Financial.

Note: Participants but be availalbe for both days. We have 15 spots availalbe.

If you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Perrin and Hickory

What is ASIST?

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.

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

Workshop features:

  • 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