Together We Give Hope

Special Programming During the Current Health Situation

The Crisis Centre offers courses and workshops that provide skills and tools to help yourself, others and your team through these challenging and changing times. Content includes suicide response, crisis intervention and tools for supporting our mental health.

We can work with your agency or school to tailor our programming to suit your needs and situation. Please fill out this form and we will get back to you soon.

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

What’s it about?

LivingWorks ASIST is the world’s leading suicide intervention training and an empowering program that promotes a whole community response to suicide prevention. Participants learn how to prevent suicide by recognizing signs, providing a skilled intervention, and developing a safety plan to keep someone alive. This two-day face-to-face workshop features powerful audiovisuals, discussions, and simulations.  

What difference will it make?

ASIST participants have increased confidence and skills to respond to suicide with an ability to respond appropriately to the needs of the person with thoughts, focussing on safety, rather than risk. 99.9% of attendees highly recommend this training.  

By attending ASIST, participants will attain a certificate of completion from an internationally recognized evidence-based program. Thirty peer-reviewed studies and government reports state that ASIST:

  • Improves skills and readiness
  • Increases hope and reduces suicidality
  • Increases counselling and listening skills
  • Saves lives and costs, yielding a return on investment of up to 50:1

“ASIST was an incredibly valuable experience and I have no doubt it will be integrated into my practice and enhance my ability to support individuals at risk.  I found the facilitators well prepared and authentic.” - Clinician, Vancouver Coastal Health

“After taking the ASIST course I had a suicide caller so I pulled out my ASIST wallet leaflet) and used it for the call. It was amazing.  What a difference that approach made in the call, compared with how I would have managed the call prior to the course.”  Nurse Educator, Health Link BC

Who is it for?

Common participants include counsellors, health care workers, first responders, faith leaders, youth workers, and immigrant and refugee settlement workers.  While common for health workers and service providers to participate, one doesn’t need formal mental health training to attend ASIST.

ASIST is offered monthly at the Crisis Centre, which provides an opportunity to learn in a diverse setting. Agencies interested in training staff groups can be offered a discounted rate.  Agencies and communities can also inquire about booking off-site training.

Who are the facilitators and trainers?

Two certified, professional trainers will ensure your comfort and safety through this intensive and empowering training course. The Crisis Centre staff team includes an ASIST Coach who trains and mentors new ASIST trainers across BC and the rest of Canada.  

Upcoming dates:

  • Monday, August 24 and Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at the Accent Inns (Burnaby) from 9am to 5pm

We are thankful to Accent Inns for providing us a larger conference space for this training to ensure physical distancing.

Register for ASIST at the Crisis Centre.

Book ASIST for your agency or community/inquire about organization group rates.

Suicide Prevention Training - Start Program

What is it about?

The Crisis Centre is partnering with LivingWorks to increase access to quality, evidence-based suicide prevention training. LivingWorks Start teaches valuable skills to everyone age 15 and older, and requires no formal training or prior experience in suicide prevention. In this 60 to 90 minute training, you will learn a powerful four-step model to keep someone safe from suicide, and you will have a chance to practice it with impactful simulations. Safety resources and support are available throughout the program.

The Crisis Centre partners with LivingWorks to offer this program. We can augment this training with online zoom meetings, before and/or after the training. Please contact us for more information.

When is it happening?

Upon registration, participants can take this training whenever it is convenient. 

What is needed?

Access to the Internet, access to a microphone, just the ability to watch and listen.

Registration

REGISTER HERE 

If you are an organization and would like to augment with additional Zoom meeting, before and/or after, please contact us for more information.

Skillfully Responding to Distress

What is it about?

This half-day session explores how to skillfully respond to and de-escalate emotional distress. Content includes understanding the stress response, active listening, applying a crisis intervention model, facilitating the development of a short-term coping plan for a person in crisis, boundary setting, and self-care. Incorporates videos, small group discussions and case studies.

When is it happening?

Attend a live Zoom Webinar.

  • Friday, September 11 from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm (PT)

Register

REGISTER HERE

  • Standard Registration: $45
  • Student/Low Income: $25

If you are unable to pay because you have been financially impacted by the current situation, please contact info [at] crisiscentre.bc.ca about further discounts to paid courses.

Living with Change and Uncertainty: Adults/Older Adults

What is it about?

In this four-part course we explore and try out a variety of mindfulness-based tools that help reduce stress and support our well-being during this time of change and uncertainty. Each session will include videos, discussion and simple mindfulness practices.

Well-suited for adults and older adults who might be new to mindfulness and want to give it a try!

When is it available?

Attend live Zoom Webinars or recorded video classes weekly at anytime.

Aug 11-20 Sessions: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:00 to 11:30 am (PT)

  • Tuesday, August 11, 2020
  • Thursday, August 13, 2020
  • Tuesday, August 18, 2020
  • Thursday, August 20, 2020

What is needed?

Basic Internet. You don’t need a webcam or mic. Just the ability to watch and listen!
Attending a live Zoom Webinar is as straightforward as clicking on a link. Webinar attendees do not need their own Zoom account to join a Webinar and can easily join from any desktop, laptop, mobile device, or Zoom Room.

Register

Aug 11-20 REGISTER HERE

Tools for Managing Stress and Burnout: 6 Weeks - Adults

What is it about? 

The current health situation is beyond what many of us have dealt with in our lifetime. Join us in this 6-week online course to connect with others, and learn ways that you can support yourself. Each 60-minute webinar is led by an experienced mindfulness educator who will share simple, practical mindfulness tools to support our mental health. Each session focuses on a different theme, and incorporates a variety of activities, videos and guided mindfulness practices. 

Participation is flexible. You can attend live and/or access recorded classes weekly at any time. You will receive weekly resources and information to support learning. 

Suitable for those with little to no mindfulness experience or those with experience who are looking for new insights.

When is it happening?

Attend live Zoom Webinars or recorded video classes weekly at anytime.

  • Wednesdays, Sept 9 to Oct 14 from 12:00 to 1:00 pm (PT)
  • Wednesdays, Oct 28 to Dec 2 from 10:00 to 11:00 am (PT)

What is needed?

Basic Internet. You don’t need a webcam or mic. Just the ability to watch and listen!

Attending a live Zoom Webinar is as straightforward as clicking on a link. Webinar attendees do not need their own Zoom account to join a webinar and can easily join from any desktop, laptop, mobile device, or Zoom Room.  

Bring a pen and paper if you want.

Registration

REGISTER HERE for Sept 9 to Oct 14, 2020

REGISTER HERE for Oct 28 to Dec 2, 2020

  • Standard Registration: $99
  • Student/ Low Income: $49
  • Group Rate (5+ individuals): $25
Youth Mindfulness Programming for Youth/Young Adults

What is it about?

Schools and youth-serving organizations can book the Crisis Centre's innovative, strength-based Mindfulness Program for Youth for flexible and adaptive social and emotional learning opportunities. Offered as a single session (one-hour) or a multi-session program up to 8 sessions (half-hour sessions), this can be tailored for youth and young adults. The mindfulness program provides life skills and practices that support self-awareness, emotion and impulse regulation, improved attention and empathy for self and others.

Please contact us to discuss booking an online program for your school or youth-serving agency.  We strive to make this viable for all organizations, please fill out this form and we will get back to you.

What is needed?

Basic Internet. Webinar attendees do not need their own Zoom account to join and can easily join from any desktop, laptop, mobile device, or Zoom Room.

Registration

To be confirmed

 

 

If you are in crisis, distress, or having thoughts of suicide, help is available! We are here to listen, here to help – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Contact us:

Anywhere in BC 1-800-SUICIDE: 1-800-784-2433
Mental Health Support Line: 310-6789
Vancouver Coastal Regional Distress Line: 604-872-3311
Sunshine Coast/Sea to Sky: 1-866-661-3311
Online Chat Service for Youth: www.YouthInBC.com (Noon to 1am)
Online Chat Service for Adults: www.CrisisCentreChat.ca (Noon to 1am)

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