Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
safeTALK
Counseling on Access to Lethal Means (CALM)
Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS)

Training

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

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
  • 2 Days
  • In-person

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)


Learn the gold standard in suicide intervention training.

ASIST is the most widely used suicide intervention skills training in the US. It is a two-day intensive, interactive, and practice-dominated course designed to help caregivers recognize risk for suicide, intervene to prevent immediate harm, and collaboratively plan for safety.  It is a foundational course for anyone who wants to learn how to talk openly and effectively with someone who is having thoughts of suicide.

Just as “CPR” skills make physical first aid possible, training in suicide intervention develops the skills used in suicide first aid. 

Available on request to higher education institutions in Virginia.

ASIST is used by people in a wide variety of “front line” positions. It is designed for all caregivers (any person in a position of trust, regardless of the age group served). Typical participants include counselors, case workers, health workers, campus police/security, residence life staff, clergy, faculty and advisors, disability service coordinators, student accountability staff and generally any ‘natural helpers’ who provide some form of student support. ASIST is also used by graduate programs in health and mental health related fields.

safeTALK
  • 3-4 Hours
  • In-person

safeTALK


Learn steps that contribute to saving lives.

safeTALK prepares anyone over the age of 15 to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first aid resources. You will be better able to:

  • Move beyond common tendencies to miss, dismiss, or avoid suicide.
  • Identify people who have thoughts of suicide.
  • Apply TALK steps to connect a person with suicidal thoughts to suicide first aid or intervention caregivers. (Tell, Ask, Listen and KeepSafe)

Available on request to higher education institutions in Virginia.

safeTALK is available to anyone who is interested in learning basic helping skills. It is often used to train student leaders, such as RAs and peer helpers.

Counseling on Access to Lethal Means (CALM)
  • 2 Hours
  • Online

Counseling on Access to Lethal Means (CALM)


Learn how to reduce access to the methods people use to kill themselves.

CALM covers who needs lethal means counseling and how to work with people at risk for suicide—and their families—to reduce access.

  • Explain that reducing access to lethal means is an evidence-based strategy for suicide prevention.
  • Explain how reducing access to lethal means can prevent suicide.
  • Identify clients for whom lethal means counseling is appropriate.
  • Describe strategies for raising the topic of lethal means, and feel more comfortable and competent applying these strategies with clients.
  • Advise clients on specific off-site and in-home secure storage options for firearms and strategies to limit access to dangerous medications.
  • Work with your clients and their families to develop a specific plan to reduce access to lethal means and follow up on the plan over time.

Registration for CALM is a two-step process. Fill out the form, and you’ll automatically be taken to a page on Zero Suicide to set up an account.

CALM is primarily designed for mental health professionals but beneficial for others who work with people at risk for suicide, such as health care providers and social service professionals.

Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS)
  • 3 Hours
  • Online

Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS)


Learn the treatment framework for individuals suffering from serious thoughts of suicide.

CAMS is a treatment framework in which a client and a clinician work together to keep the patient stable and identify the “drivers” that compel the client to take their life.

The CAMS Foundational Video Course demonstrates the CAMS model for treating patients to reduce stress, hopelessness, and suicidal ideation while increasing hope.

Click here for more information about CAMS.

Registration for CAMS is a two-step process. Fill out the form, and one of our team members will manually assign you a seat in the CAMS system. You’ll receive an email from CAMS to finish setting up your account.

Available to graduate students and qualified clinicians serving Virginia’s higher ed community.

  • 20 minutes
  • Online

Stanley-Brown Safety Planning Intervention


The Stanley-Brown Safety Planning Intervention is a brief, collaborative intervention between the clinician and the suicidal individual that aims to mitigate acute risk. The steps to the Safety Plan are:

  1. Recognize warning signs of an impending suicidal crisis.
  2. Employ internal coping strategies.
  3. Utilize social contacts as a means of distraction from suicidal thoughts.
  4. Contact family members or friends who may help to resolve the crisis.
  5. Contact mental health professionals or agencies.
  6. Make the environment safer by reducing the potential use of lethal means.
  7. Identify reasons for living.

Register and you’ll be taken to Stanley-Brown’s website to view the training.

The Safety Planning Intervention is for people who have experienced a suicidal crisis. It provides coping strategies and resources to use to decrease the risk of suicidal behavior.