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ASIST-Applied Suicide Intervention Skills


Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a two-day intensive, interactive and practice-dominated course designed to help clinical, non-clinical caregivers and parents recognize and review risk, and intervene to prevent the immediate risk of suicide. It is by far the most widely used, acclaimed and researched suicide intervention training workshop in the world. Trainers are certified by Living Works, Inc. as accomplished practitioners in suicide prevention, intervention and postvention.

ASIST prepares caregivers of all kinds to provide suicide first aid interventions. Professionals, volunteers and informal helpers all need to know how to help persons with thoughts of suicide in ways that increase their suicide safety. To participate in this training you must be at least 16 years old. As 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.
*Credentialed Substance Abuse Counselors (CASAC), Credentialed Prevention Specialist (CPS) and Credentialed Prevention Professional (CPP) contact hours’ certificate available upon request
* Please note that this is not clinical training, however; clinicians have found this training helpful. 

Intended Audience: Must be 18 or older, limited to 45 participants.

  • November 29-30, 2016
    (Closed to Public)

    8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Berkshire Farm Center,
    1360 NY-22, Canaan, NY 12029
    Contact: Allison Reynolds
  • December 1-2, 2016
    (Closed to Public)

    8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Seneca Nation of Indians Wellness Center,
    36 Thomas Indian Drive, Irving, NY 14081
    Contact: Beth Westerheide-Gerardi
  • December 15-16, 2016
    (Open to Public)

    8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Our Lady of Annunciation Church,
    448 Aviation Rd., Queensbury, NY 12804
    Contact: Allison Reynolds
  • January 11-12, 2017
    (Closed to Public)

    9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Syracuse University,
    244 G White Hall, Syracuse, NY 13224
    Contact: Laurie Best
  • January 17-18, 2017
    (Open to Public- * must attend both days)

    8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    55 Horizon Dr., Huntington, NY 11743
    Contact: Valerie Link

Comments or questions about the information on this page can be directed to Suicide Prevention.