Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
*It is recommended that participants attend suicide awareness training (e.g. SafeTALK) prior to doing this workshop.
ASIST is a two-day intensive, interactive and practice-dominated course designed to help caregivers recognise risk and learn how to intervene to prevent the immediate risk of suicide.
Connecting – sensitize participants to their own attitudes towards suicide.
Understanding – focuses on providing participants with the knowledge and skills to recognise risk and develop safeplans.
Assisting – presents a model of effective suicide intervention.
Networking – generates information about resources in the local community.
This workshop is a gatekeeper program suitable for mental health professionals, social workers, counsellors, ambulance staff, community volunteers, Gardai etc.
Participants develop their skills through observation, supervised simulations experiences and role play in large and small groups.
This training is aimed at professionals and individuals who are working in an area where they are likely to come into contact with someone who is at risk of suicide.
For information on all co-ordinating sites please visit www.nosp.ie/training
The ASIST workshop can be very intense; therefore consideration is given to the relevance of the training to the individual’s current role and to their experience to date of mental health issues. The ASIST program exists within a suite of suicide prevention training, and it is recommended that potential candidates have experience or some training in mental health issues before attending this course, for example, attend training in mental health promotion or suicide prevention awareness (safeTALK).
It is recommended that anyone who has been bereaved or affected by a suicide within the past 12 months do not attend, as structured training like ASIST is probably not what they need.
It is important to read the course description and information leaflet to ensure this course is suitable for you at this time. It is important that you are available to attend the full duration of the training course. Please note the start time and endeavour to arrive 15 minutes early to complete the registration.