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Suicide intervention training offered to faculty and staff who meet guidelines

Casey Barrio Minton, Counseling and Higher EducationCasey Barrio Minton, right, associate professor of Counseling and Higher Education, and Pam Flint, assistant professor of psychology, are offering a suicide intervention training open to all UNT staff and faculty.

The program, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills (ASIST) will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Aug. 2-3 in Stovall Hall. Cost is $20 for faculty and staff.

Because of the personal and interactive nature of the workshop, participation in the full two days is required, and space is limited to 26 participants. Enrollment and wait list status will be available July 11.

Enrollment priotiries are:

  • Part-time or full-time employee at UNT in a position that requires high degree of contact with students (e.g., academic advisor, student development employee, resistant assistant/hall director.)
  • Enrolled in counseling graduate degree and currently providing services as part of field experience. ASIST provides practical, interactive training for caregivers who are seeking to prevent immediate risk of suicide.

ASIST is one of the most popular suicide intervention programs in the world, and over 1 million individuals have participated in ASIST workshops.

Participants will learn to:

  • Identify people who have thoughts of suicide.
  • Understand how your beliefs and attitudes can affect suicide interventions.
  • Seek a shared understanding of the reasons for thoughts of suicide and the reasons for living.
  • Review current risk and develop a plan to increase safety.
  • Follow up on all safety commitments, accessing further help as needed.
  • Find a video about ASIST.

Although valued at over $275 per person, this workshop and materials will be offered for nominal fee of $20, courtesy of Student Counseling Services and Department of Counseling and Higher Education.

Fourteen LPC, Social Work or NBCC CEUs are available free of charge.

- Kara Hurt, graduate assistant and teaching assistant, Counseling and Higher Education

Posted on: Thu 05 July 2012

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