Crisis Intervention Skills Training
Next workshop: April 18 and 19, 2013
This workshop 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 at the office; or 3) via PayPal shopping cart (below)
$199.00 per person
$135.00 per student
The Vancouver Island Crisis Society is not a GST or PST registrant. Therefore, taxes are not applicable.
When shopping cart displays below, quantity ordered can be changed by typing in new value and pressing the Enter key.
CIST is a communication workshop that will give caregivers the tools needed for assessing and deescalating crisis.
Please note that this workshop is not the Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Training program developed by CPI.
Responding to and diffusing crisis situations, including suicide, is a vital skill for anyone embarking on a career in human services. Despite overwhelming evidence that education saves lives, formalized, research based training in crisis and suicide intervention is not usually included in care based jobs and programs. Crisis Intervention Skills Training (CIST) is a crisis and suicide intervention skill-building certificate workshop designed to help alleviate caregiver fears, and strengthen skill sets in order to best help persons at risk.
The two-day workshop is of significant interest to police and correctional staff, parents/foster parents, nurses, teachers, counsellors, social workers, youth workers, school support staff, clergy, volunteers, physicians, and other people likely to encounter persons at risk. Please note that courses held at the Crisis Society’s training facility are limited to 16 participants.
Learn crisis intervention from the professional training staff of the Crisis Society. Lyndsay Wells and Heather Owen are members of the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention, and certified Crisis Workers through the American Association of Suicidology.
The CIST workshop will give concrete skills to help caregivers feel more comfortable. Topics covered include:
- Non-violent communication
- Active listening
- Working with our fears and biasses
- Definition of Crisis
- Crisis Intervention Model
- Boundary setting
- Warning signs for suicide
- How to respond to a suicidal person
- Intervention skills using an intervention model
- Networking and resources
Filling out the registration form
You can register for the CIST 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.
- 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
- ONLINE APPLICATION FORM