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May 7, 2014



The Campus Suicide Prevention Center of Virginia, in partnership with the Virginia Department of Health, will host the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) on June 25-26, 2014 at Virginia Western Community College in Roanoke, VA

ASIST is the most widely used intervention skills training in the US. It is a two-day intensive, interactive and practice-dominated course designed to help caregivers recognize risk for suicide, intervene to prevent immediate harm and link persons at risk to the next level of care.

Just as “CPR” skills make physical first aid possible, ASIST teaches the skills used in suicide prevention first aid.

ASIST is often used by people in a variety of school and community ‘gatekeepers’  or “front line” positions.  It is for all caregivers (any person in a position of trust, regardless of the age group served).  It is suitable for all school-based student support staff, agency case workers, church youth workers, police/correctional/juvenile justice staff and foster care staff, clergy and all 'natural helpers' who work in the field of human service.

ASIST has been more recentlyused by ‘gatekeepers’ on college and university campuses.  Participants often include a range of campus counselors, advisors and case managers, campus security, residence hall directors, campus ministry and any staff that provide direct service to others within the campus community.

Because of the generous support of the Virginia Department of Health's Division of Injury and Violence Prevention, these training will be offered at no cost to participant who work in Virginia, regardless of the age group served.  ASIST is typically valued at $250.  All training materials will be provided; meals will be "on your own".

Space is limited to 30 participants per training.  Because of the demand for seats, please register only if you are able to attend the full two days, and are not 'on-call' for other duties during that time.

All participants will receive documentation for 14 hours of instruction.  Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for licensure are available upon request.

Registration is on-line at: http://www.campussuicidepreventionva.org/eventasist.php

Jane Wiggins, Ph.D., Director

The Campus Suicide Prevention Center of Virginia

MSC 9008 James Madison University
601 University Blvd.

Harrisonburg, VA 22801



540-568-6409 (fax)