**THIS TRAINING IS FOR VUSD STAFF ONLY** ASIST is a two-day workshop designed for members of all caregiving groups. Family, friends, and other community members may be the first to talk with a person at risk, but have little or no training. ASIST can also provide those in formal helping roles with professional development to ensure that they are prepared to provide suicide first aid help as part of the care they provide. The emphasis is on teaching suicide first-aid to help a person at risk stay safe and seek further help as needed. Participants learn to use a suicide intervention model to identify persons with thoughts of suicide, seek a shared understanding of reasons for dying and living, develop a safeplan based upon a review of risk, be prepared to do follow-up, and become involved in suicide-safer community networks. The learning process is based on adult learning principles and highly participatory. Graduated skills development occurs through mini-lectures, facilitated discussions, group simulations, and role plays. After training, ASIST participants should be able to: Recognize that caregivers and persons at risk are affected by personal and societal attitudes about suicide. Discuss suicide in a direct manner with someone at risk. Identify risk alerts and develop related safeplans. Demonstrate the skills required to intervene with a person at risk of suicide. List the types of resources available to a person at risk, including themselves. Make a commitment to improving community resources. Recognize that suicide prevention is broader than suicide first-aid and includes life promotion and self-care for caregivers.
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