Scanlan Center for School Mental Health
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Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

July 18, 2024 - July 19, 2024
8:30-4:30 pm CST
In-Person BTLC PDA - N116 Lindquist Center, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
Professional Development


Sam McVancel, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist
Scanlan Center for School Mental Health Clinic

Event Details

ASIST is a two-day interactive workshop in suicide first-aid. ASIST teaches participants to recognize when someone may have thoughts of suicide and work with them to create a plan that will support their immediate safety. As the world’s leading suicide intervention workshop, LivingWorks’ ASIST program is supported by numerous evaluations including independent and peer-reviewed studies. Results demonstrate that ASIST helps participants become more willing, ready, and able to intervene. Although ASIST is widely used by healthcare providers, participants don’t need any formal training to attend the workshop—ASIST can be learned and used by anyone.

Learning Goals:

• Understand the ways personal and societal attitudes affect views on suicide and interventions

• Provide guidance and suicide first-aid to a person with thoughts of suicide in ways that meet their individual safety needs

• Identify the key elements of an effective suicide safety plan and the actions required to implement it

• Appreciate the value of improving and integrating suicide prevention resources in the community at large

• Recognize other important aspects of suicide prevention including life-promotion and self-care

Registrants who need to cancel must do so 48-hours prior to the event or we will invoice $200 for the cost of the materials, trainer fees, and food.