Upcoming Sessions & Registration
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Jan 15 & 16 Mar 10 & 11 May 21 & 22
If you would like to request a session, please read the Training Information section below.
Sessions can be scheduled upon request by clicking here.
May 23 & 24 (at capacity)
Questions? Please call (559) 624-7471
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is an internationally recognized intensive training regarding signs & symptoms, intervention strategies, discussion of the suicide intervention model, intervention practice via scenarios, and equips people to respond knowledgeably and competently to persons at risk of suicide. Participants learn and practice skills in identifying and responding to people at immediate risk of suicide. Just as "CPR" skills make physical first aid possible, training in suicide intervention develops the skills used in suicide first aid. Skills training programs should address caregiver attitudes towards suicide since these personal elements affect willingness to help and the effectiveness of the help. Such programs also typically explore options for linking people with resources for ongoing help.
After training, participants should be able to: 1. Understand the principles of suicide prevention first aid, 2. Explain the suicide prevention model, 3. Identify individuals who are suicidal, or at-risk of suicide, 4. Feel comfortable in responding to immediate suicide crisis situations.
Cost: Free. The Suicide Prevention Task Force utilizes its funding to fully support this training opportunity.
Training Dates: This training is always two consecutive days. Participants must participate both days to complete this training. This training may be made available to organizations or groups upon request. Training sessions must be scheduled 1-2 months prior to anticipated dates of training. To schedule training for your group, or to express interest in participating in a future ASIST session, please click here to email.
Target Audience: This training is for dedicated individuals who are committed to saving lives. It is appropriate for caregivers, teachers, parents, medical professionals, loan officers, mechanics, in-home service providers, faith organization leaders, and numerous other professions. If you come into contact with people, chances are you will eventually come into contact with a person at risk of suicide.
Presentation Style: Group presentation with a minimum of 14 participants and 2 trainers. Groups larger than 20 can be accommodated.
Additional Information: Please visit the LivingWorks website.
Special: Since July, 2010 we have completed 40 ASIST sessions and have trained over 400 people including representatives from the California National Guard, Tulare Youth Service Bureau, Turning Point of Central California, Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency, Community Services Education & Training (CSET), Woodlake Family Resource Center, College of the Sequoias, Family Services, Kings (County) Community Action Organization, Tulare County Office of Education, Kings/Tulare Area Agency on Aging (KTAAA), Manuel Torrez Family Resource Center, Workforce Investment Board (WIB), Tulare County Right to Life, California State Military Reserve, Porterville College, Grace Community Church, Visalia Unified School District, dozens of local area faith-based organizations, and numerous volunteers.
Completed Training Sessions:
2010 = 13 sessions - July 26 & 27, Aug 31 & Sept 1, Sept 8 & 9 (2 sessions), Sept 27 & 28, Oct 6 & 7, Oct 14 & 15, Oct 18 & 19, Nov 2 & 3, Nov 5 & 6, Nov 29 & 30, Dec 7 & 8, Dec 9 & 10.
2011 = 21 sessions - Jan 24 & 25, Jan 31 & Feb 1, Feb 9 & 10, Mar 10 & 11, Mar 24 & 25, April 14 & 15, April 21 & 22, April 28 & 29, May 19 & 20, May 20 & 21, May 23 & 24, June 16 & 17 (2 sessions), Aug 16 & 17, Aug 22 & 23, Aug 29 & 30, October 20 & 21, October 25 & 26, Nov 29 & 30, Dec 1 & 2, Dec 12 & 13.
2012 = 8 sesions - January 12 & 13, Feb 23 & 24, March 26 & 27, Apr 17 & 18, May 16 & 17, June 5 & 6, Nov 14 & 15, Nov 26 & 27
2013 = 5 sessions (to-date) - January 14 & 15, Mar 13 & 14, Feb 25 & 26, Mar 11 & 12, Mar 21 & 22 (Military/Vets/Dependents)