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Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

Become a suicide first aid responder.  ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) is an internationally recognized two-day workshop developed by Living Works Education.  Using multi-media presentations, this two-day practice-oriented training builds skills and confidence in suicide intervention.  Certificate and participant materials provided.  As an ASIST-trained first aid intervention responder, you will be better able to:

  • Identify people who have thoughts of suicide;
  • Understand how your beliefs and attitudes can affect suicide interventions;
  • Be able to apply the Pathway for Assisting Life model to intervene with someone at risk for suicide;
  • Develop a plan to increase safety from suicidal behaviour.

Before registering, please consider:

  • Participation in safeTALK is highly recommended prior to taking ASIST, especially if you are new to the role of helper in suicide situations.
  • If you have been affected by a suicide, suicide behaviour, or if you yourself are currently struggling with suicidal thoughts, consider if it is the right time to take the course. Feel free to talk with facilitator beforehand.
  • Attendance to two full days (14 hours) is required to receive certificate of completion.

Attending or Booking a Training

ASIST is held regularly at the Crisis Centre.  All trainings can also be provided offsite, as requested.  Subsidized offsite group bookings are available for non-profit organizations thanks to funding from the Ministry of Health.  Please call us at 604-872-1811 to utilize this offer.

Crisis Centre volunteers – please speak to your Program Director for approval.

Workshop Fee

Standard Registration – $265
Group Discount Registration (3+ individuals in the same training) – $225
Subsidized Registration – $190
Crisis Centre Volunteers – $100

Upcoming Trainings

Trainings take place at the Crisis Centre Business Office (763 East Broadway, Vancouver) unless otherwise noted.  Payment must be received to reserve your seat in the course.

Thursday, July 12 and Friday, July 13 9am to 5pm REGISTER ONLINE

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“Very positive experience!!! I learned a lot and it was interesting to approach suicide intervention from a different perspective.  Starting with our attitudes was key.”  – Youth Worker

“Excellent course. Was extremely good at both demonstrating & actively encouraging participation in the course. I liked that it drew me beyond my comfort level but never felt unsafe. Thank you!” – Spiritual Leader

“Our District found this training to be a valuable use of time and resources, bringing our practice more current and helping us to develop a more therapeutic risk assessment model.”  – Student Support Services, Sunshine Coast School District

“It’s the best training I have had on suicide prevention. It helped me be more comfortable with suicide, and as a result was able to connect with youth who have suicidal ideation.  I recommend this for all new counsellors joining our team.”  – Counsellor, Vancouver School District