Training for Community and Service Providers
Our Training Offerings
- Suicide Prevention Trainings
- Mindfulness Courses
- Skillfully Responding to People in Distress
- Consulting and Capacity Building
Find out the vast array of organizations we trained in 2017.
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 email@example.com.
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 Courses – Learn simple, practical tools for stress reduction and self-care. Sessions are offered in-house or online, and offer researched-based mindfulness tools for self-awareness and long-term resiliency.
“This session was very informative and exceeded my expectations. It provided me with information and resources that can easily be utilized as everyday practice.” – Health Care Professional
Skillfully Responding to People in Distress
Skillfully Responding to People in Distress – Using a variety of learning tools (videos, discussions and practice), this interactive session uncovers and explores how we can skillfully respond to and de-escalate emotional distress. This trauma-informed session explores: understanding the stress response, self-awareness of our own triggers and needs, active listening, mindfulness, boundary setting, and self-care.
“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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.