Course Details: ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training)
ASIST is a course by Livingworks.net. LivingWorks is a social enterprise dedicated to saving lives from suicide. Through interactive, evidence-based training programs they give people the knowledge and skills to make a difference in their communities. Over the past 35 years, they have collaborated with individuals, organizations, cities, and countries to build suicide safety around the world. In that time, they have trained over 1.9 million people with life-saving skills.
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a two-day accredited/certified 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. Since its development in 1983, ASIST has received regular updates to reflect improvements in knowledge and practice, and over 1,000,000 people have taken the workshop. Studies show that the ASIST method helps reduce suicidal feelings in those at risk and is a cost-effective way to help address the problem of suicide.
What are the intended outcomes of the course?
- 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.