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ASIST suicide prevention training offered Nov. 10-11

Asist-banner2Valley Community Services Board, in partnership with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, will host the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) program on Thursday/Friday Nov. 10-11 at the Christ Lutheran Church in Staunton.

Class is scheduled from 8:15-4:30 both days with lunch provided.

ASIST is the most widely used intervention skills training in the U.S. 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.

Because of the generous support of the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, this training will be offered at NO COST to participants.  ASIST is typically valued at $250. All training materials will be provided.

Space is limited to 30 participants per training.  Because of the demand for seats, please register only if you are able to attend the full two days, and are not ‘on-call’ for other duties during that time.

All participants will receive documentation for 14 hours of instruction. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for licensure are available upon request.



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Please feel free to call or e-mail with questions.
Rebecca Textor, CPS
Regional Suicide Prevention Coordinator, HPR 1

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