Programs

Programs

PROGRAMS suicideTALK safeTALK ASIST suicideCare

Target Audience

General Public

General Public

Caregivers

Professionals

Program Objective

Suicide awareness

Suicide alertness

Suicide intervention

Clinical suicide counseling

Desired Outcomes

Understands suicide

Can recognize suicide thoughts and refer person to helper

Can perform suicide first aid and intervention

Perform clinically suicide first aid, intervention and post intervention support

Prerequisites

None

None

None

ASIST training

Duration

60-90 minutes

3.5 hours

2 days

1 day

Number of participants

1 session leader/up to 50

1 trainer/up to 30

2 trainers/15-30

1 facilitator/up to 20


Imagine… a suicide-safer community

LivingWorks has been helping communities become suicide-safer since 1983. These programs are part of national, regional and organizational suicide prevention strategies around the world. Developed using Rothman’s social research and development (R&D) model, these programs prepare community helpers to intervene and prevent suicide. The learning experiences are interactive, practical, regularly updated and customizable. Comprehensive, layered and integrated, there is a program for everyone who wants to help.

For information about trainings in your area or to find out how these programs can be part of your community or organization’s suicide-safer plans, please contact LivingWorks at info@livingworks.net.


Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

ASIST is a two-day, skills-building workshop that 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. 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. Experience powerful videos on suicide intervention. Feel challenged and safe. Learn suicide first aid.

To find an ASIST workshop in your area, go to Find a Training. To bring ASIST to your community contact us at asist@livingworks.net.

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ASIST Training for Trainers (T4T)

ASIST T4T is a five-day (minimum) course that prepares local resource persons to be trainers of the ASIST workshop. Participation in the full five days is required. Training involves coaching, independent study, group presentations, lectures and seminars.

Apply for an ASIST T4T at ASIST Training for Trainers (T4T). To bring an ASIST T4T to your community, contact us at asist@livingworks.net.

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ASIST TuneUp

ASIST TuneUp is a half-day training refresher for participants who have completed the ASIST workshop. ASIST training is a prerequisite.

To find an ASIST TuneUp in your area, go to Find a Training. To bring ASIST to your community contact us at asist@livingworks.net.

 

safeTALK: suicide alertness for everyone

safeTALK, about three hours in duration, is a training that prepares anyone over the age of 15 to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first aid resources. Most people with thoughts of suicide invite help to stay safe. Alert helpers know how to use these opportunities to support that desire for safety. As a safeTALK-trained suicide alert helper, you will be better able to:

  • move beyond common tendencies to miss, dismiss or avoid suicide;
  • identify people who have thoughts of suicide;
  • apply the TALK steps (Tell, Ask, Listen and KeepSafe) to connect a person with suicide thoughts to suicide first aid, intervention caregivers.

Powerful video clips illustrate both non-alert and alert responses. Discussion and practice help stimulate learning. Learn steps that contribute to saving lives.

To find safeTALK training in your area, go to Find a Training. To bring safeTALK to your community contact us at safetalk@livingworks.net

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safeTALK Training for Trainers (T4T)

safeTALK T4T is a two-day course that prepares local resource persons to be trainers of safeTALK. Candidates learn our important core beliefs about safeTALK. Training involves coaching, independent study, group presentations, lectures and seminars. Candidates practice facilitating the workshop, learning from their instructor and from each other in a tightly structured format. There is a maximum of ten candidates per course.

Apply for a safeTALK T4T at safeTALK Training for Trainers. To bring a safeTALK T4T to your community, contact us at  safetalk@livingworks.net

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suicideTALK: An exploration in suicide awareness

suicideTALK is a 90-minute to half-day session that invites interested community members to become more aware of suicide prevention opportunities in their community. Dealing openly with the stigma around suicide, this exploration focuses upon the question, "Should we talk about suicide?" As a suicideTALK-informed session member, you will be better able to:

  • understand how personal and community beliefs about suicide affect suicide stigma and safety;
  • appreciate how the steps taught in safeTALK suicide alertness training can be used to help prevent suicide;
  • choose among ways to help protect, preserve and promote life in a suicide-safer community.

suicideTALK can be customized for any community. Intriguing questions and a number of handouts stimulate learning. Discover commitments that you want to make.

To find a suicideTALK session in your area, go to Find a Training. To bring suicideTALK to your community, contact us at suicidetalk@livingworks.net

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suicideCare: Aiding life alliances

suicideCare is a one-day seminar that introduces frontline caregivers and professionals to advanced clinical practices beyond suicide first aid care. A structured clinical risk assessment underlies the matching of an appropriate helping strategy with the needs of the person at risk. This seminar focuses upon suicide-specific tools that are rarely provided in formal training. As a suicideCare-trained frontline caregiver or professional, you will be better able to:

  • perform a comprehensive risk assessment;
  • negotiate an appropriate helping strategy with a person at risk;
  • appreciate how beliefs, attitudes and practices can shape an effective helping relationship.

Building on LivingWorks Risk Review and Suicide Intervention Model, ASIST participation is a prerequisite. Explore the critical Tools (knowledge), Tasks (skills) and Traits (attitudes) for working intensively with persons at risk. Pre-session activities, structured handouts and case studies guide large and small group work. Expand your helping abilities with suicide-specific tools, tasks and traits.

To find a suicideCare seminar in your area, go to Find a Training. To bring suicideCare to your community, contact us at suicidecare@livingworks.net

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Have you already participated in training?

Would you like to share an outcome from your training experience? Want to share something about your trainer or the training itself? Please visit share your experiences or contact us at shareyourexperiences@livingworks.net. Thank you for your time and feedback in support of suicide-safer communities.