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Training Information
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is an internationally recognized intensive training regarding signs & symptoms, intervention strategies, discussion of the suicide intervention model, and intervention practice via scenarios, and it equips people to respond knowledgeably and competently to persons at risk of suicide. Participants learn and practice skills in identifying and responding to people at immediate risk of suicide. Just as CPR skills make physical first aid possible, training in suicide intervention develops the skills used in suicide first aid. Skills training programs should address caregiver attitudes towards suicide, since these personal elements affect the willingness to help and the effectiveness of the help. Such programs also typically explore options for linking people with resources for ongoing help.

After training, participants should be able to: 1. Understand the principles of suicide prevention first aid; 2. Explain the suicide prevention model; 3. Identify individuals who are suicidal or at risk of suicide; 4. Feel comfortable in responding to immediate suicide crisis situations.

Cost: Free.  The Suicide Prevention Task Force utilizes its funding to fully support this training opportunity.

Training Dates: This training is always two consecutive days. Participants must participate both days to complete this training. This trainings may be available to organizations or groups upon request. Training must be scheduled 1-2 months prior to anticipated dates of training. Tulare County Office of Education (TCOE) have hosted these trainings since 2022. Please check their training calendar at or contact the SPTF Task Force at  

Target Audience: This training is for dedicated individuals who are committed to saving lives. It is appropriate for caregivers, teachers, parents, medical professionals, loan officers, mechanics, in-home service providers, faith organization leaders, and numerous other professions. If you come into contact with people, chances are you will eventually come into contact with a person at risk of suicide.

Presentation Style: Group presentation with a minimum of 14 participants and 2 trainers. A workshop cannot be facilitated with fewer than 14 participants, and a workshop will be canceled if the minimum number of attendees is not present the day of the training. ASIST can accommodate 30 attendees.

Additional Information: Please visit the LivingWorks website.

Upcoming Sessions and Registration

Note: Please visit the Tulare County Office of Education (TCOE) website at:


Special:  Since July 2010 we have completed 83 ASIST sessions and have trained nearly 1,000 people, including representatives from the California National Guard, Tulare Youth Service Bureau, Turning Point of Central California, Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency, Community Services Education & Training (CSET), Woodlake Family Resource Center, College of the Sequoias, Family Services, Kings (County) Community Action Organization, Tulare County Office of Education, Kings/Tulare Area Agency on Aging (K/T AAA), Manuel Torrez Family Resource Center, Workforce Investment Board (WIB), Tulare County Right to Life, California State Military Reserve, Porterville College, Grace Community Church, Visalia Unified School District, dozens of local area faith-based organizations, and numerous volunteers.