Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

London – course fee £275 – 14/15 November 2018 at Goldsmiths University of London

This workshop is delivered by 2 international ASIST trainers.

Suicide affects us all. It’s an international problem. For example, more than 3,500 Canadians, 30,000 Americans and 6,000 UK citizens kill themselves each year. Research studies in Canada, the United States and UK show four to five percent of the population have attempted suicide during their lifetime. One in nine persons has seriously considered suicide.

Anyone can be at risk.

Men and women of all ages, of all occupations and all socioeconomic groups are at risk. There is no guarantee of safety from suicide. The key to suicide prevention is trained caregivers who are ready, willing and able to get involved with each individual at risk—caregivers who can recognise individuals who are at risk and who know how to intervene to prevent the risk of suicidal thoughts becoming suicidal behaviours.

Something can be done

The vast majority of those thinking about suicide will find some way to signal their intent. Most suicidal people are looking for another option. They don’t want to die. But preventing suicide takes two people—a helper and the person at risk.

United Nations’ guidelines and national strategies in Australia, England, Finland, Norway, Scotland, Wales and the United States emphasise that caregiver competence is a critical component in any large-scale suicide prevention program.

ASIST helps prepare caregivers

The LivingWorks’ ASIST workshop is designed to help all caregivers become more willing, ready and able to help persons at risk. Suicide can be prevented with the help of prepared caregivers.

Just as “CPR” skills make physical first aid possible, training in suicide intervention develops the skills used in suicide first aid. 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.

The workshop is for all caregivers (any person in a position of trust). This includes professionals, paraprofessionals and lay people. It is suitable for mental health professionals, nurses, physicians, pharmacists, teachers, counsellors, youth workers, police and correctional staff, school support staff, clergy, and community volunteers.

ASIST has five learning sections:

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

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

Understanding: overviews the intervention needs of a person at risk. It focusses on providing participants with the knowledge and skills to recognise 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.

Emphasising structured small-group discussions and practice, the course uses a 20-page workbook and two award-winning audiovisuals.

ASIST is designed to help all caregivers become more ready, willing and able to help persons at risk. Prepared caregivers can help prevent suicide.

Unprepared caregivers tend to deny, avoid, even stigmatise and punish persons at risk. That is what society has traditionally done. All evidence indicates that unprepared caregivers continue this dangerous tradition. Training is required to turn denial, avoidance and stigmatisation into vigilance, understanding and help.

Join over 1,000,000 caregivers and participate in LivingWorks’ ASIST workshop. Learn to recognise and estimate risk, and become more effective at helping people at risk.

Full attendance during both days of the workshop is essential. On completion of the course participants will receive:

Certificate of attendance
Training workbook & related materials
Information on local/national resources

Learning outcomes:

Recognise that caregivers/healthcare workers and persons at risk are affected by personal and societal attitudes about suicide
Discuss suicide with a person at risk in a direct manner
Identify risk alerts and develop a safeplan related to them
Demonstrate the skills required to intervene with a person at risk of suicide
List the types of resources available to a person at risk of suicide, including themselves
Make a commitment to improving community resources; and
Recognise that suicide prevention is broader than suicide first aid and includes life promotion and self-care for caregivers/healthcare workers.

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