Consortium to offer suicide intervention training workshop

Posted: Sunday, July 12, 2009

SITKA - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Injury Prevention program will host an Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training workshop on Aug. 18-19 at the University of Alaska Southeast-Sitka Campus.

ASIST is a two-day, highly interactive workshop designed to give community caregivers - both professional and non-professional - the skills they need so they feel more confident and competent if they need to intervene with someone who is in immediate risk of suicide. The workshop is open to all adults who want to learn suicide intervention skills.

The vast majority of people who think about suicide find some way to signal their intent. They're looking for another option and they don't want to die. This workshop gives caregivers the ability to recognize the early signals of suicide, so they can provide what's known as "suicide first aid" to prevent an actual suicide attempt.

The workshop features lectures, discussions, videos, simulations and role-playing, which helps ASIST participants learn to recognize and assess suicide risk, intervene respectfully and keep a person at risk safe until he or she reaches the next level of care. The trainers will be Iva GreyWolf, PhD, of Sitka, and Susan Soule, MA, of Alaska ASIST Trainers in Anchorage.

The cost of the workshop is $225, and participants receive a 20-page workbook, the 152-page Suicide Intervention Handbook, a full-color wallet card on intervention and risk assessment, and a certificate of participation. The training is limited to 32 participants, and registration is due by Friday, Aug. 14. ASIST is an international workshop taken by more than 750,000 caregivers worldwide. To learn more about the workshop and its benefits, and to watch an online presentation using Flash, go to

Participants can register for the workshop by contacting SEARHC Injury Prevention Specialist Lesa Way at 907-966-8804 or by e-mail at Registration forms and checks (made out to SEARHC Injury Prevention) can be mailed to Lesa Way, c/o SEARHC Injury Prevention (Community Health Services), 222 Tongass Drive, Sitka, AK 99835. For more information about the workshop, contact Lesa Way at 907-966-8804 or SEARHC Community Injury Prevention Coordinator Jennifer Young at 907-966-8866 or

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