ASIST - Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

Next workshop, featuring ASIST Version 11:
To be announced in the Fall of 2015
Takes place on two consecutive days from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Workshops can be facilitated in our Training Room in Nanaimo, or at your site.

ASIST - Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

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. In addition to being certified ASIST trainers,  Lyndsay Wells, Karen VanderSluis, 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 info@vicrisis.ca.

Payment Options

1) credit card by phone; 2) credit card or cheque in person at the office located in Nanaimo;
3) PayPal (shopping carts below). You do not need to be a member to submit payment via PayPal.

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

Course Registration Policies apply to all payment methods.

Please complete a registration form (options available below).

ASIST - Fall 2015
295.00

ASIST - Fall 2015 - Student
199.00

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
  2. ONLINE APPLICATION FORM

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Why donate? Your generous donation helps us present workshops such as ASIST in Vancouver Island communities.

What do participants have to say about our presentations of ASIST?

"This was a great course with wonderful educators who made this seem very real. I can use this with confidence now because of the way it was taught."

"Wonderful experience. Great tools. More people could and should be benefitting from this."

"I came to the training anxious and cautious. I appreciate the warmth and professionalism of the instructors in guiding us to a level of hopefulness and increased confidence in assisting someone who is at risk of suicide. Thank you."

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