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Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a two-day interactive workshop in suicide first aid. ASIST teaches participants to recognize when someone may have thoughts of suicide and work with them to create a plan that will support their immediate safety. Although ASIST is widely used by healthcare providers, participants don’t need any formal training to attend the workshop.  This training is open to anyone 16 or older.  Read more about this training at the Living Works home page.

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What is Critical Incident Stress Management?

A Critical Incident could strike an organization at any time.   A workplace accident might cause a ripple effect of lost productivity across a workplace.  The effective management of a critical incident can mitigate the negative effects for employees and employers.

Critical Incident Stress Management (C.I.S.M.) is a crisis intervention system which contains both strategic and tactical elements designed to mitigate the effects of a critical incident and help speed the healing process.

Strategically, C.I.S.M. is a comprehensive, integrated, multi-component crisis intervention system for managing traumatic events within organizations or communities.

Tactically, C.I.S.M. includes numerous interventions including:

  • pre-incident education and preparation,
  • assessment/strategic planning,
  • individual crisis intervention,
  • informational group interventions,
  • interactive group interventions, family support, organizational/community consultations,
  • pastoral crisis intervention, and
  • referrals to other resources if necessary.

Under the umbrella of a comprehensive plan, C.I.S.M. helps people hurt by a tragedy get back to their normal as quickly as possible.

Many C.I.S.M. services are provided within hours or days of a critical incident by well trained peer support personnel and/or mental health professionals.

C.I.S.M. is not psychotherapy, nor a substitute for psychotherapy. Rather, C.I.S.M. services and psychotherapy are different points on a broad continuum of care. C.I.S.M. may help speed recovery and mitigate the need for further advanced counselling or therapy.  If further assistance is required to help someone heal, C.I.S.M. will not replace that therapy.

The governing body is the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF).   More detailed information is available from the governing body at

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