The Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) workshop is for caregivers who want to feel more comfortable, confident and competent in helping to prevent the immediate risk of suicide. Over a million caregivers have received this training. This includes professionals, paraprofessionals and lay people. Just as CPR skills make physical first aid possible, training in suicide intervention develops the skills needed for life assisting suicide first aid. ASIST is a two-day intensive, interactive and practice-dominated course designed to help caregivers learn how to intervene to prevent the immediate risk of suicide and provide safety-for-now.
By the end of the course, learners will be able to:
- Identify the ways of framing observations of the distress of a person at risk, in exploring invitations.
- Relate the needs of a person at risk to the caregiver tasks, based on the PAL model.
- Identify the safety issues and corresponding actions to take, in the development of a Safety Framework.
Target audience includes a broad range of social service practitioners. These may include mental health professionals, nurses, physicians, pharmacists, teachers, counsellors, youth workers, police and correctional staff, school support staff, clergy, and community volunteers.
The skills and knowledge for this course, which the learner is assumed to possess, are as follows:
- Be able to listen and speak English at a proficiency level equivalent to the Employability Skills System Workplace Literacy (WPL) Level 6
- Be able to read and write English at a proficiency level equivalent to the Employability Skills System Workplace Literacy (WPL) Level 6
- Be able to use numeracy skills equivalent to the Employability Skills System Workplace Numeracy (WPN) Level 6
Mode of Delivery:
Facilitated classroom training