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ASIST SUICIDE PREVENTION “First Aid” TRAINING
Concern Hotline, in collaboration with The Campus Suicide Prevention Center of Virginia and the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, will host the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) program on Friday/Saturday, May 20-21st 2016 at Lord Fairfax Community College in Middletown. VA.
ASIST is the most widely used intervention skills training in the US. It is a two-day intensive, interactive and practice-dominated course designed to help caregivers recognize risk for suicide, intervene to prevent immediate harm and link persons at risk to the next level of care.
Just as “CPR” skills make physical first aid possible, ASIST teaches the skills used in suicide prevention first aid.
ASIST is often used by people in a variety of school and community ‘gatekeepers’ or “front line” positions. It is for all caregivers (any person in a position of trust, regardless of the age group served). It is suitable for all school-based student support staff, agency case workers, church youth workers, police/correctional/juvenile justice staff and foster care staff, clergy and all 'natural helpers' who work in the field of human service.