Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

Learn the skills to intervene and save a life from suicide.

ASIST is a two day interactive workshop in suicide first aid. ASIST is the most widely used and researched suicide intervention skills training in the world. It teaches participants to recognise 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 can learn and use the ASIST model. 

**In line with current Government rules regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19), our ASIST courses from March 2020 onwards were postponed. All registered participants have been informed and revised dates will be discussed with them when appropriate. 
 
For those interested in registering for the 2-day ASIST course, we will operate a waitlist at this time. When 'new normal' circumstances return, we will contact you and discuss whether you still wish to make a booking. Email training@ascymru.org.uk with your details and we will respond as soon as we can. **
 
What is ASIST?

ASIST is a two day, interactive training workshop that prepares participants to provide suicide first aid interventions. 

Many people considering suicide indicate their distress and their intent, sometimes very discreetly. The ASIST training model will help you recognise and respond to these invitations for help, give you the confidence to ask about suicide if you are concerned about someone's safety and provide you with the tools to help prevent the immediate risk.

"Very enjoyable two days. Trainers were very knowledgeable about the subject and extremely approachable. 10/10." 
 
Who can attend ASIST?

Many professionals attend ASIST because having skills to intervene in suicide are essential for their work. Nurses, teachers, counsellors, police, first responders, youth workers - everyone 16 or older can learn and use the ASIST model. No previous mental health or suicide prevention experience is necessary. Our trainers are experienced from a wide variety of backgrounds.

After attending the full ASIST workshop, you will be better able to:

  • Be alert to suicide and to be able to identify people who have thoughts of suicide
  • Understand the reasons behind thoughts of suicide and the reasons for living
  • Assess risk and safety - develop a plan to increase the safety of the person at risk of suicide
  • Recognise invitations for help and be able to act upon them
  • Recognise potential barriers of seeking help
  • Offer support – recognise other important aspects of suicide prevention including life-promotion and self-care
  • Effectively apply a suicide intervention model taught through ASIST
  • Link people with community resources that will be able to further help 
 
"Very informative training. Well delivered, very professional. Definitely something that will be useful in work and day to day life" 

 

What are the workshop features?
  • Presentations and guidance from two LivingWorks registered trainers
  • ASIST is held over two consecutive days for a total of 15 hours creating a powerful, focused learning experience
  • A scientifically proven intervention model
  • Powerful audio-visual learning aids
  • Group discussions that support and reinforce learning. Participants only share what they wish to with the whole group sessions
  • Skills practice and development
  • A balance of challenge and safety
  • Participant materials include a 20-page workbook, wallet card and stickers. Participants also receive a certificate upon completing the workshop.
To read more about the ASIST course >> click here 

 

"This training is life changing and lifesaving. The workshop has made me reflect on my approach in my professional and personal life. Thank you.” 
 
Venue & Dates

Open courses take place in our training suite in St Mellons, Cardiff. Fully serviced and with modern facilities, it is a great venue and includes ample free parking. Please note that we regularly deliver in-organisation courses across South Wales.

Next Open Course dates: 
Tue 31 Mar & Wed 1 Apr 2020 (POSTPONED due to COVID-19)
Tue 5 & Wed 6 May 2020 (POSTPONED due to COVID-19)
Tue 7 & Wed 8 July 2020 (POSTPONED due to COVID-19)
** Please email training@ascymru.org.uk to add your name to the current waitlist for when courses restart 
Venue: ASC Offices in Cardiff 
Cost: £145 per person (includes lunch, refreshments and all course materials)

For further details on how to book or to simply find out more, email training@ascymru.org.uk  or call us on 029 2054 0444

In company delivery is available on request (minimum of 8 confirmed participants but names can change 48 hours prior to the start of delivery)

"I found this training valuable and have gained the skills to be confident in assisting someone who is considering suicide" 

 

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