Together We Give Hope

Training for Community and Service Providers

Our Training Offerings

Find out the vast array of organizations we trained in 2016.

 

Training Overview

 

A core belief of our organization is that suicide is preventable and that prevention starts in the community. Our training and education programs are empowering and life-promoting, and include a range of topics such as suicide prevention, crisis intervention, and mindfulness practices to support self-care and mental health.

Working at the community and organizational levels to build holistic and comprehensive approach to suicide prevention, we provide consultation, training and ongoing support to organizations working to build suicide-safer communities.

Our leading-edge trainings are based in best-practice research and suitable to individuals with little or no previous experience, as well as trained mental health professionals. Participants in our workshops may include school staff, health care practitioners, police, emergency services staff, youth workers, peer counsellors and older adult care providers. Some organizations we work with include:

– Coquitlam School District                               –  Urban Native Youth Association
– WorkSafeBC                                                       –  SUCCESS
– Immigrant Services Society                             – Tsleil-Waututh Nation
– Glowbal Restaurant Group                              – University of British Columbia
– Pathways Club House

All of our trainings are fee-for-service, with all funds going directly into the operations of our Centre, a non-profit organization.  We strive to make our trainings accessible.  Subsidized rates are available for non-profit organizations thanks to funding from the Ministry of Health.  Please inquire for more information at lripley@crisiscentre.bc.ca.

 

Suicide Prevention Trainings

 

ASIST – Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training – ASIST is a two-day interactive workshop that has been shown to significantly reduce suicidality while helping to build suicide prevention networks in the community. This highly interactive, practice-oriented and empowering training prepares helpers from all backgrounds to feel more comfortable, confident and competent to help a person at risk of suicide move toward safety.  Over 92% of participants who take ASIST indicate being significantly better able to respond to suicide.  Almost 100% would strongly recommend the training.

“This is an excellent resource and training model.  While I have graduate training, have worked in the mental health field for years, and am a registered clinical counsellor, the ASIST design was an excellent refresh/enrichment for me.  The trainer was brilliant.” – Clinical Counsellor

safeTALK – This engaging and interactive half-day workshop provides tools to recognize persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to resources.  The workshop helps strengthen our role in suicide prevention by helping us understand our own limitations as a helper and how we can overcome them. This training invites a greater awareness of what may be underneath suicidal thoughts and behaviour, what helps a person stay safe, and how we can make a difference.  92% of safeTALK participants indicated feeling better prepared to respond to suicide after participating in the training.  We also provide safeTALK Training for Trainers to become a safeTALK facilitator and share this valuable suicide prevention education in your community or organization.

“Very thorough, clear and accessible for helpers of all ages and backgrounds.” – School Counsellor, District 44

ASIST Tune-Up – Being a life assisting caregiver can be rewarding and challenging.  Taking time to refresh skills and attitudes is a critical to being able to skillfully help a person at risk, while also taking care of ourselves as caregivers.  The purpose of this half-day course is to provide opportunities to refine our learning and reflect on our experiences using the PAL in real world situations.  It is recommended that this refresher be completed every two years.

“I took ASIST two years ago, and though I remembered the big “idea”, I had forgotten most of the specifics.  Good to be reminded.” – School Counsellor

suicide to Hope – suicide to Hope is a one-day interactive workshop that enables participants (clinicians and other caregivers) to apply a recovery and growth-oriented approach to working with persons previously at risk and currently safe from suicide.

suicideTALK – A 90-minute session that invites interested community members to become more aware of suicide prevention opportunities in their community.  A great opportunity to build awareness, reduce stigma and prepare your community or organization.

 

Mindfulness Self-Care

 

Mindfulness Self-Care – To be able to help others, we need to first learn to take care of ourselves.  This half-day, practice-based introductory session for service providers and community members explores what mindfulness is and how it can help us manage our lives. Participants are introduced to a variety of mindfulness practices, including breath awareness, body awareness and gratitude.  The value of developing or deepening a personal mindfulness practice is explored, including ways to incorporate mindfulness into your daily routine.

Why is mindfulness a part of self-care?

“Reminded me to make being present in the moment an important part of my daily routine, even if it’s only for a few moments.” – Mindfulness Self-Care Participant

 

Skillfully Responding to People in Distress

 

Skillfully Responding to People in Distress – This is an introductory session that focuses on information and skills to help meet the needs of an individual in distress. Topics include understanding the stress response, active listening, recognizing and expressing feelings, boundary setting and self-care.  Includes videos, discussions, group work and practice using the skills.  To book this workshop, email lripley@crisiscentre.bc.ca

“Great workshop, I learned a lot. I feel better prepared to work with families and be empathetic.”  – Mental Health Worker

 

Consulting and Capacity Building

Our agency provides consultation, training and ongoing support to organizations and communities in an effort to support a holistic and comprehensive approach to suicide prevention.  Our services include:

  • Developing suicide prevention protocols and guidelines.
  • Providing support to new safeTALK or ASIST trainers, or those who are looking to re-activate their ASIST or safeTALK trainer status.  This can be provided by phone or in-person.
  • safeTALK Training for Trainers – Become a safeTALK facilitator and share this valuable suicide prevention education in your community or organization.

For more information, contact lripley@crisiscentre.bc.ca.


Future Training Dates

safeTALK and ASIST are held regularly at the Crisis Centre.  All trainings can also be provided off-site, as requested.  Please sign up for our quarterly eBulletin to receive updates on future training opportunities.