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ASIST is a two-day practice dominated workshop that trains professionals and other community providers in suicide "first-aid". Participants are trained how to recognize and assess the potential risk of suicide. This workshop also equips the participant with the intervention skills to keep the person safe until the appropriate level of ongoing help can be accessed.

ASIST is a valuable training for any caregiver, but essential for mental health providers, school personnel (including counselors and staff), EMT’s, police, ER staff, caregivers from non-profits and corrections, as well as substance abuse prevention practitioners.

World Class Training

ASIST is the most widely used, acclaimed, and researched suicide intervention training in 
the world. In addition to learning the knowledge and skills of suicide intervention,
participants report improved comfort, confidence, and competence doing interventions.
ASIST is not therapy. It is "first-aid" designed to keep a person safe until they can receive
further intervention. 

Upon Completion of the training, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize attitudes about suicide
  • Identify suicide factors and estimate risk
  • Intervene with a person at risk to make them safe
  • List resources available to a person at risk
  •  Commit to help coordinate social support for a person at risk

Who should take ASIST?

Any person in a position of trust including:

  • School Nurses
  • Teachers
  • Counselors
  • Mental Health Professionals
  • Physicians
  • Police and Corrections staff
  • Juvenile and Adult Court staff
  • School support staff
  • Youth worker
  • Clergy
  • Coaches
  • Non-Profit staff
  • Anyone willing to help someone at risk of suicide

Your Trainers

Jill Hollingsworth, MA, is a Consulting Trainer with LivingWorks Education. She is the founder of Blue Lotus Suicide Prevention Services and the author of 3 nationally recognized suicide prevention programs.

Melissa Pirwani, MSW, is a trainer with LivingWorks. She provides therapy as an associate clinical social worker in the San Jose area.


CSU Monterey Bay
University Center (Building 29)
Room 114
100 Campus Center
Seaside, CA 93955

Registration is Required

Register on-line at bluelotussuicideprevention.net
Cost: $150.00 (includes materials and snacks)
This training is limited to 30 participants. Registration closes on March 27th

13.5 Board of Behavioral Science CEU’s


A light breakfast and afternoon snack will be served. Participants will be on their own for lunch.

Mailing List

Can’t make the training, but want to go to the next one? Sign up ASIST and other future workshops here [see flyer].

Funding for CSUMB Participants

CSUMB receives funding from the voter-approved Mental Health Services Act (Prop. 63). It is one of several
Prevention and Early Intervention Initiatives implemented by the California Mental Health Services Authority
(CalMHSA), an organization of California counties working to improve mental health outcomes for individuals,
families and communities. For more information, visit www.calmhsa.org