Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

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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. ASIST helps to build regional networks of trained caregivers who can support each and use common terminology to approach suicide and safety.

The ASIST workshop is divided into five sections that follow in a logical progression to gradually build comfort and understanding around suicide and suicide intervention.

  • Preparing: Sets the tone, norms, and expectations of the learning experience.

  • Connecting: Sensitizes participants to their own attitudes towards suicide. Creates an understanding of the impact that attitudes can have on the intervention process.

  • Understanding: Overviews the intervention needs of a person at risk. It focuses on providing participants with the knowledge and skills to recognize risk and develop safeplans to reduce the risk of suicide.

  • Assisting: Presents a model for effective suicide intervention. Participants develop their skills through observation and supervised simulation experiences in large and small groups.

  • Networking: Generates information about resources in the local community. Promotes a commitment by participants to transform local resources into helping networks.

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 registered trainers

  • A scientifically proven intervention model

  • Powerful audiovisual learning aids

  • Group discussions

  • Skills practice and development

  • A balance of challenge and safety

CEU Credits:

Participants who have completed an ASIST workshop in the USA are eligible to complete an online exam to obtain CEU credits. Fees for ASIST are $60 for 12 credit hours. In most states, this credit is available for social workers, nurses, psychologists, licensed counselors, substance abuse counselors, and licensed marriage & family therapists.

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Who Should Attend?

Anyone 16 years or older can learn the skills to intervene and save a life from suicide. Professionals, as well as members of the community at large, have all found great value in ASIST over the years.

Many professionals attend ASIST because suicide intervention skills are essential for their work. In many organizations, ASIST is a mandatory component of training. Nurses, physicians, mental health professionals, pharmacists, teachers, counselors, youth workers, law enforcement, first responders, correctional staff, school support staff, clergy, and volunteers have all found that ASIST complements their existing training and knowledge.


Upcoming Workshops

ASIST Demonstrations 
Offers a preview of the training with an opportunity to learn more about the workshop and the benefits it offers those who work in direct service. To sign-up for a demonstration, email

  • April 19, 2018

  • May 17, 2018

  • June 14, 2018


ASIST Workshops 
The two-day training requires a minimum of 15 attendees with a maximum capacity of 25. Participants must attend both days in order to receive a certificate of completion and be eligible for CEUs. The cost is $99 per person and includes lunch. To register click on the dates below.


Partnership Opportunities

United Way offers partnership opportunities to those interested in sponsoring an ASIST workshop. To learn more, contact Suicide is a tragedy for individuals, their families, and friends. It also has a significant impact on society as a whole. This training is intended for anyone interested in learning "suicide first aid". Individuals, personal care aids, veterans, community groups, and volunteers can all benefit along with those who work in healthcare, social services, law enforcement, and education. 

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