DAY 1: What’s involved in an ASIST workshop?
The first section involves introducing facts and statistics about suicide in general and in Australia. We learn about the impact suicide has had on our group, we watch a film that outlines common attitudes towards suicide.
Our own experiences and what we have learned about them are discussed in a small intimate group and our attitudes are explored. Attitudes affect the way we approach an intervention.
We learn about the model, the Pathway to Assisting Life (PAL) and work through it step by step to see what the person at risk needs from us.
DAY 2: We join together in the main group again, and look at the model in more depth, exploring the relationship that develops betweens the person at risk and the caregiver.
We watch a video showing how to conduct a suicide intervention and then open the group up for any questions.
The trainers then present 4 simulations that need your interaction.
The first one helps to highlight how we may panic and yet still be able to help. Secondly, how to look for uncertainty in the person at risk, highlight this and link it to a need to keep safe. Thirdly, how to work through the model in a high risk situation and attain safety, and lastly what needs to happen if safety cannot be assured.
Small groups are formed again and the afternoon is spent in our safe environment practising one on one role-plays.
The final part of the workshop is in the large group, links us back to services that may be of use and reflects what has been gained over the full two days.