ASIST - Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
Virtually anyone age 16 or older, regardless of prior experience or training, can become an ASIST-trained caregiver. Developed in 1983 and regularly updated to reflect improvements in knowledge and practice, ASIST is the world’s leading suicide intervention workshop. During the two-day interactive session, participants learn to intervene and help prevent the immediate risk of suicide. Over 1,000,000 people have taken the workshop, and studies have proven that the ASIST method helps reduce suicidal feelings for those at risk.
Presentations and guidance from two LivingWorks registered trainers
A scientifically proven intervention model
Powerful audiovisual learning aids
Skills practice and development
A balance of challenge and safety
ASIST has saved and changed hundreds of thousands of lives around the world.
For more information visit https://www.livingworks.net/programs/asist/.
All APS Social Emotional and Behavioral Health Team Support Staff will be certified in ASIST
PREPaRE is a nationally recognized model of school crisis prevention and intervention that is utilized by many school districts throughout the United States. The acronym stands for
Prevent and prepare for psychological trauma
Reaffirm physical health and perceptions of security and safety
Evaluate psychological trauma risk
Respond to psychological needs
Examine the effectiveness of crisis prevention and intervention
All APS Social Emotional and Behavioral Health Team Support Staff will be certified in PREPaRE
For research information and other questions please see the National Association of School Psychologists PREPaRE division of the website.
Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) is an 8-hour course offering that will be made available for anyone who is 16 or older in the Aurora Public Schools community. There is no charge for this course if you are part of APS and our community. This course is designed to teach skills necessary to intervene with youth ages 12-18 who may be exhibiting signs of a mental illness or having some type of emotional crisis.
Participants have the chance to be certified as a Youth Mental Health First Aider who becomes knowledgeable in available community resources for youth who are experiencing mental health challenges. These individuals who are trained in the YMHFA model will not provide counseling or therapy, but will have the skills necessary to help the youth to select appropriate resources.
For additional information about YMHFA, please contact: