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2014 Training Options

Thanks to a grant from the Virginia Department of Health, the following trainings are offered at no cost to participants (they typically cost $225-$300 per person). Because of the demand for seats, please register only if you are able to attend the full two days, and are not 'on-call' for other duties during that time.


Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) - Just as “CPR” skills make physical first aid possible, training in suicide intervention develops the skills used in suicide first aid. ASIST is a two-day intensive, interactive and practice-dominated course designed to help caregivers recognize risk and learn how to intervene to prevent the immediate risk of suicide.  ASIST is widely used by people in a variety of “front line” positions, including counselors, campus security, student services and residence hall staff, health care center staff, social workers and campus ministry.  Additional information on the ASIST program is available at:  http://www.livingworks.net/AS_Abt.php

Register for ASIST Training

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) teaches students, faculty and staff the skills needed to identify and support those with mental illnesses and substance use disorders.
It is a 12- hour, highly interactive course that:
 Provides an overview of mental illness and substance use disorders,
 Introduces risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, as well as their impact on individuals,
 Provides an overview of common treatments.
Participants who complete the course certify as “Mental Health First Aiders”; they learn the skills and resources needed to help an individual in crisis connect with appropriate care.

To learn more, go to: http://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/cs/

The Campus Suicide Prevention Center of Virginia, in partnership with the Virginia Department of Health, provides MHFA training at no cost to all college/university communities within the Commonwealth.

Register for MHFA Training



Recognizing and Responding to Suicide Risk: Essential Skills for Clinicians (RRSR) - Most mental health clinicians have had little or no formal training in assessing suicide risk, yet they are often called upon to do so.  RRSR has been developed by the American Association of Suicidology specifically to fill this training gap.  RRSR is an advanced, interactive training based on established core competencies that mental health professionals need in order to effectively assess and manage suicide risk. The program has several components, including a web-based assessment; two on-line, self-paced modules; a two-day face-to-face workshop; and post-workshop mentorship through on-line learning activities.   RRSR is appropriate for any mental health clinician; participants typically include licensed private counselors, licensed clinical social workers, school and clinical psychologists, psychiatrists and psychiatric nurses, addictions counselors, licenses marriage and family therapists and pastoral counselors. Additional information is available at http://www.suicidology.org/web/guest/education-and-training/rrsr

Register for RRSR Training

2014 Virginia ASIST Training Dates:
Additional ASIST trainings will be offered in 2014.
Click here to register

2014 Virginia RRSR: Clinician Training Dates:
Additional RRSR trainings will be offered in 2014.
Click here to register

All ASIST and RRSR trainings are sponsored by the Virginia Department of Health and are avilable at no cost to the participants.

Mental Illness: What a Difference a Friend Makes.

State and National Resources

Training Options: Educational Resources for 2014

What’s Happening in Virginia?  Visit The Virginia Suicide Prevention Coalition Site

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