The Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is an intensive, interactive and practice-dominated course for caregivers (any person in a position of trust) who want to feel more comfortable, confident and competent in helping to prevent the immediate risk of suicide. Just as “CPR” skills make physical first aid possible, training in suicide intervention develops the skills needed for suicide first aid.
After this workshop, participants will be able to:
- Discuss suicide with a person at risk in a direct manner;
- Identify risk alerts and develop a safe plan related to them;
- Demonstrate the skills required to intervene with a person at risk of suicide;
- Recognize that caregivers and persons at risk are affected by personal and societal attitudes about suicide;
- List the types of resources available to a person at risk of suicide;
- Make a commitment to improving community resources and networking; and
- Recognize that suicide prevention is broader than suicide intervention, and includes life promotion and self-care for persons at risk as well as for caregivers.
Who should attend? The workshop is for all caregivers, including mental health professionals, educators and school support staff, nurses, physicians, pharmacists, youth workers, police and correctional staff, clergy, and community volunteers.
Dates: Friday-Saturday, November 15-16, 2019, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Instructors: Leslie Rodgers, LCSW, and Kathy Wilson-Fey, MA
Noncredit: $295, includes 14 CEUs, PDUs or Washington Clock Hours
About the Instructors
Leslie Rodgers is a licensed clinical social worker and registered ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills) trainer with over 20 years experience working with children and adults in various therapeutic settings, including group homes, psychiatric hospitals, and schools. Her current work involves implementing best practice procedures and providing staff development in student threat assessment, suicide prevention, and crisis response for Beaverton School District. She holds a B.A. from the University of Texas and a Masters in Social Work from Portland State University.
Kathy Wilson-Fey is a registered ASIST Trainer and has clinical counseling and teaching experience in a variety of settings, including community college, community mental health, and an international university. She is in her ninth year as a mental health specialist in public schools, where she works with students and families, trains school staff on suicide intervention, and coordinates school support during crises. Kathy is fluent in Spanish and is committed to equity work and cultural competence. She holds a BA from Whitman College and a masters in Counseling Psychology from the University of Oregon.