ASIST: Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
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.
Over the course of their two-day in-person 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.
- Attendees are required to fully participate in the two-day in-person training to receive their certificate, ie. arrive on time, stay until each day is over, return after the breaks provided, etc.
- This workshop is not recommended for people who have had a recent loss of a loved one by suicide. Ability to verbalize role-play statements regarding suicide is required.
ASIST training will be FREE to registered students and staff, normally charged $250/person in community. However participants may be subject to a fee if they no-show, late-cancel, or only attend one of the two days.
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.
Next training date: February 22 and 23, 2024
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- Alumni, community members, and for dates and locations offered in other cities (external) : click here
Mental Health First Aid Training
Talk about declines in their mental well-being
Discuss professional and other supports that could help with recovery to improved mental well-being
Reach out to these support
Assist in a mental health or substance use crisis
Use MHFA actions to maintain one’s own mental well-being
Next Training Dates: Nov 16, 2023 (TRAINING IS FULL- WAITLIST AVAILABLE)
Dec 8, 2023 (TRAINING IS FULL- WAITLIST AVAILABLE)
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safeTALK: Suicide Alertness for Everyone
- to move beyond common tendencies to miss, dismiss, or avoid suicide
- to identify people who are having thoughts of suicide
- to apply the TALK steps (Tell, Ask, Listen and KeepSafe) to connect a person with thoughts of suicide to suicide first aid intervention caregivers.
No upcoming trainings scheduled at this time.
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Understanding & Responding to Sexual Violence Workshop
This 45 minute E-learning workshop provides an overview of different forms of sexual violence, defines consent, explains how to support individuals who have been affected by sexual violence, and gives practical information on sexual violence prevention. This unique E-learning was created by the Sexual Violence Prevention Educator to allow for a more accessible online experience , for individuals who want learn about the complexities and nuances of sexual violence. This training is offered to anyone who is apart of the University of Lethbridge community, upon completion you will receive a participation certificate.
If you are wanting to take this training please click here.
More Information on Mental Health First Aid
What is Mental Health First Aid Canada?
One in three Canadians will experience a mental health problem at some point in their life. The earlier a problem is detected and treated, the better the outcome. Mental Health First Aid Canada gives people the skills to provide that early help that is so important in recovery. Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is the help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Just as physical first aid is administered to an injured person before medical treatment can be obtained, MHFA is given until appropriate treatment is found or until the crisis is resolved. The MHFA Canada program aims to improve mental health literacy and provide the skills and knowledge to help people better manage potential or developing mental health problems in themselves, a family member, a friend or a colleague.
The program does not teach people how to be therapists. It does teach people how to:
- Recognize the signs and symptoms of mental health problems.
- Provide initial help.
- Guide a person towards appropriate professional help.
MHFA shares the same overall purpose as traditional first aid – to save lives. It aims to:
- Preserve life where a person may be a danger to themselves or others.
- Provide help to prevent the mental health problem from developing into a more serious state.
- Promote the recovery of good mental health.
- Provide comfort to a person experiencing a mental health problem.
For more information, please visit Mental Health First Aid Canada.