ASIST - Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

Next workshop, featuring ASIST Version 11:
April 9 and 10, 2015, Nanaimo, BC, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm each day
Please note revisions to our cancellation policy.

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Workshops can be facilitated at your site or in our Training Room.
Registration instructions and form at bottom of page

Payment options: 1) credit card by phone; 2) credit card, debit card, or cheque in person (or via post) at the office located in Nanaimo; or 3) via PayPal shopping cart (below).

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ASIST - April 9-10, 2015

April 2015

per student


ASIST - Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training










The Vancouver Island Crisis Society is not a GST or PST registrant. Therefore, taxes are not applicable.

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ASIST is a two-day, skills-building workshop that prepares caregivers of all kinds to provide suicide first aid interventions.

Professionals, volunteers, and other helpers need to know how to help persons with thoughts of suicide in ways that increase their suicide safety. As an ASIST-trained first aid intervention caregiver, you will be better able to:

  • Identify people who have thoughts of suicide;
  • Understand how your beliefs and attitudes can affect suicide interventions;
  • Seek a shared understanding of the reasons for thoughts of suicide and the reasons for living;
  • Review current risk and develop a plan to increase safety from suicidal behavior for an agreed amount of time;
  • Follow up on all safety commitments, accessing further help as needed.

Participation in the full two days is required. Enjoy small group discussions and skills practice that are based upon adult learning principles. Please note that courses at the Crisis Society's training site are limited to 16 participants.

Experience powerful videos on suicide intervention that will help participants look at feelings, beliefs, and attitudes about suicide in a safe, supportive environment.

Learn suicide first aid from the professional training staff of the Crisis Society. Lyndsay Wells and Karen VanderSluis are ASIST Master Trainers and, along with Registered ASIST Trainers Debbi Mahaffy and Heather Owen, are members of the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention, and certified Crisis Workers through the American Association of Suicidology

If you are interested in having us present ASIST at your agency or business place, please contact us at 250-753-2495, toll free at 1-877-753-2495, or via email at

Course Registration Policies:

STEP 1: Complete a registration form (available in online, PDF, or paper format), accompanied by full payment, which must be received in our business office before you are considered a registrant.

Payment is accepted via credit card (by phone or in person), debit card (in person), online via PayPal through our website at, or by cheque presented in person or sent via post to the Vancouver Island Crisis Society(which must received before you are considered to be registered), PO Box 1118, Nanaimo, BC V9R 6E7. There is a $25 fee for NSF cheques.

STEP 2: You will receive confirmation that you are a registrant via email, whereby the Vancouver Island Crisis Society will send you a registration receipt, as well as information pertaining to the time, location, and parking directions for the course you will be attending.

Waitlist Policy: If you are placed on a waitlist for a workshop, and a seat becomes available, everyone on the waitlist will be notified via email regarding the open seat. Open seats are given first-come, first-serve, to the individual who first provides registration payment.

Course Cancellation by Registrant: An administrative fee of $50.00 for regular registration and $35.00 for student registration will be charged if you cancel your registration for this course. There will be no deferrals to a future course date if contacted within 14 days of current course date.

The Vancouver Island Crisis Society reserves the right to cancel or postpone the session.
Full refunds will be issued if the session is cancelled.

Registrants must participate for the two full days of the course in order to receive a certificate of completion.

By submitting your registration form in any format (online, PDF, or paper) via the Internet, PayPal shopping cart, email, fax, post, or in person, or you have provided registration information by phone, you indicate that you have agreed to the policies stated above.

Filling out the registration form

You can register for the ASIST workshop by accessing one of the application forms below.
The free downloadable Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view the printable PDF form.

Please note that you will not be considered as having registered until you have sent a completed registration form to the Crisis Society. You will be sent an email to confirm your participation, with directions to the training site, a week or so before the training date for the workshop.

  1. PRINTABLE APPLICATION FORM, which can be sent via fax or regular mail:
    Download fax/mail application form (PDF).
    • Fax the completed form to (250) 753-2475 or
    • Mail it to the Vancouver Island Crisis Society, Box 1118, Nanaimo, BC V9R 6E7