ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) - Knoxville
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ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) - Knoxville

ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) - Knoxville

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Sarah Simpson Professional Development Technology Center

801 Tipton Ave.

Knoxville, TN 37920

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Focus Treatment Centers will host the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network's ASIST.

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is for adults who wants to be able to provide suicide first aid. Shown by major studies to significantly reduce suicidality, the ASIST model teaches effective intervention skills while helping to build suicide prevention networks in the community. Staff of Zero Suicide Initiative partner agencies are especially welcome and encouraged to attend.

Each ASIST workshop shares many core features that make up the LivingWorks international standard. Here is what you can expect at your ASIST training:

  • ASIST is held over two consecutive days for a total of 15 hours.

  • ASIST is based on principles of adult learning. It values participants’ experiences and contributions and encourages them to share actively in the learning process.

  • ASIST workshops always have a minimum of two active ASIST trainers present for the entire two days. If there are more than 30 participants, there will be at least three trainers. Workshops over 45 participants are not recommended and should be split into two separate sessions instead.

  • Trainers show two award-winning videos in the course of the workshop. Cause of Death? provides a common starting point for the discussion of attitudes about suicide, while two versions of It Begins with You illustrate the process of a suicide intervention.

  • Some parts of ASIST take place with all participants together, and others take place in a smaller work group. This helps create a balance between safety and challenge. Participants need not disclose personal experiences to the whole group.

  • Local resources are provided and their availability in the community is discussed.

  • Participant materials include a 20-page workbook, wallet card, and stickers. Participants also receive a certificate upon completing the workshop.

This training requires that participants are present from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM for both full days of the training.

Contact hours and CEUs are available.

Registration is free and seating is limited.

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