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ASIST - Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training


  • Anglician Church Hall 53 Dowling St Dungog, NSW, 2420 Australia (map)

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

LivingWorks Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) aims to enhance a caregiver’s abilities to help a person at risk avoid suicide. Participants learn to recognise when someone may be at risk of suicide and respond in ways that help increase immediate safety and link the person to help.

Key Features

ASIST facilitates involvement. Participants will spend over half of the workshop in the same small group with one of the two trainers. Learning is stimulated by audiovisuals and teaching. A suicide first aid model provides the framework for the workshop and skills practise.

The workshop provides opportunities to learn what a person at risk may need from others in order to keep safe and get more help. Participants consider common factors that may flag potential suicide risk.

ASIST has a training focus. Personal and professional experiences that participants bring contribute to everyone’s learning. Experiences with suicide and intervention are focused on the overall learning goal—to provide suicide first aid.

Participants are also encouraged to share and reflect on their attitudes about suicide and suicide intervention and hear those of others. People are invited to reflect on how these attitudes may affect their caregiver role with a person at risk and to appreciate diverse perspectives. The workshop encourages honest, open and direct talk about suicide as part of preparing people to provide suicide first aid.

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Participants are also encouraged to share and reflect on their attitudes about suicide and suicide intervention and hear those of others. People are invited to reflect on how these attitudes may affect their caregiver role with a person at risk and to appreciate diverse perspectives. The workshop encourages honest, open and direct talk about suicide as part of preparing people to provide suicide first aid.

Although it is highly standardised, ASIST has been used in a range of settings with trainees from a variety of backgrounds and countries. ASIST has been implemented in secondary and post-secondary schools, mental health centres, hospitals, social services, public safety agencies and numerous other community settings.

Evaluations of ASIST outcomes have shown that participants demonstrate increased intervention skills, and that ASIST training has led to positive changes in both knowledge and attitudes.

ASIST is based on principles of adult learning. It values the experiences and contributions that participants bring and encourages people to share actively in the learning process.

Lifeline Newcastle & Hunter conducts at least one ASIST workshop in the region each month.

ASIST - 2 day course, 29th and 30th June 2016

Start Date: 29/06/2016

Time: 8.45am-4.30pm

Venue: Anglican Church Hall, Dowling Street, Dungog

Price: $90 subsidised price (normally $430)

Bookings: http://www.lifelinehunter.org.au/event/asist-2-day-course-29th-and-30th-june-2016

Sponsored by the National Suicide Prevention Program; $90 (normally $430), fully catered. Participants must be available both days.