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Suicide Intervention Training for Faculty and Staff

April 11
8:30 AM — 4:30 PM

The BMCC Counseling Center is pleased to announce that we will be hosting an ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) workshop provided by the NY State Office of Mental Health and the Suicide Prevention Center of New York, from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 11 and Wednesday, April 12, 2017, at the beginning of Spring Break. Our hope is that participation in this training will increase the comfort that BMCC employees feel in identifying and referring students in distress to the Counseling Center.

ASIST is a two-day intensive, interactive and practice-dominated 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 do not need any formal training to attend the workshop—any adult can learn and use the ASIST model. Research demonstrates that the ASIST method helps reduce suicidal feelings in those at risk and is a cost-effective way to help address the serious issue of suicide.

All materials for the program will be provided. Continental breakfast as well as lunch will be served on both days. Please complete, scan and return the registration form on the Counseling Center homepage as soon as possible, but no later than Wednesday, March 22, 2017, to counselingcenter@bmcc.cuny.edu.

A second training will be held in May for those who are not able to attend during Spring Break.

 

 

 

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