Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

NADA ASIST Training the Trainer Program

In February 2012, NADA commenced the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) Training the Trainer Program following a number of NADA suicide intervention workshops and feedback from members in regards to the implementation of a broader approach to suicide prevention in the sector. As well as the workers' need to be able to provide emergency first aid, prevention and intervention skills in organisations working with persons at risk of suicidal behaviour and other complex health and social issues in NSW.

The program main aim was to support a number of NADA members in becoming ASIST trainers and support organisations and workers to further build the skills and confidence of the sector to respond to suicide risk.

NADA engaged 'Suicide Prevention Training Programs Pty. Ltd.' who has substantial experience in providing ASIST and suicide prevention training packages to deliver the training and to provide support to all NADA candidates throughout the life of the project. The organisation is authorised and certified to provide training packages and materials developed by LivingWorks Australia.

An Expression of Interest (EOI) process was carried out and 15 workers from 10 NADA member organisations were selected to become registered ASIST trainers.  Following NADA requirements and under LivingWorks standards and training structure, members had to complete the following project stages to become registered trainers:

Stage one: five-day Training for Trainers (T4T) course
The five-day course established the learning foundations for presenting ASIST as a provisional ASIST trainer. T4T was a compulsory requirement for anyone wanting to present the ASIST workshop. Candidate trainers developed knowledge and competencies in preparing and presenting the ASIST model.

Some of the key outcomes of the course were:
» Better understanding of the key process and content features of ASIST;
» Learn how to use the ASIST Trainer's Manual and audio-visuals in preparing for and presenting the workshop;
» Develop confidence to begin presenting ASIST;
» Establish or strengthen links with other candidate trainers who may become training partners or part of a support network.

Stage two: provide the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
The Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) workshop is an intensive, interactive and practice dominated training held over a two day period that provisional ASIST trainers had to coordinate and prepare with their own organisation as well as two other non-government organisations.

Provisional ASIST trainer also had to ensure that training participants learnt how to: recognise when someone may be at risk of suicide; respond in ways that help increase their immediate safety and understand why suicide thoughts are present and link them to further help, as well as covering ways for staff to look after themselves.

The Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) Training the Trainer Program was part of a suicide prevention strategy under the NADA Improved Services Initiative program and continued and completed by the NADA Sector Capacity Building Program in March 2014.

To view the final program report please click below:
» NADA ASIST Training the Trainer Program Report
» NADA ASIST Training the Trainer Program supporting documents

This report collates data from the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) Training the Trainer Program and demonstrates the outcomes of suicide prevention and intervention skills across NADA members in NSW.

 

For more information on the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) Training the Trainer Program please contact Edith on (02) 8113 1308