Workshop Descriptions

The Mid-Valley Suicide Prevention Coalition now offers training in two evidence based suicide prevention programs. Both programs are listed on the National Registry of Best Practices.

QPR: Question, Persuade, Refer

Like CPR, QPR is a simple process that anyone can be trained to use, to help save the life of a person who is in crisis.

During the FREE two hour training,participants will learn:

  • Myths and facts about suicide
  • How to recognize the signs that a person may be suicidal
  • How to ask Questions to assess the situation
  • How to Persuade the person to stay alive long enough to get help
  • How to Refer them to a professional for help to get them through the crisis and treat any underlying mental illness

ASIST: Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

Each ASIST workshop shares many core features that make up the LivingWorks international standard. Here is what you can expect at your ASIST training:

  • ASIST is held over two consecutive days for a total of 15 hours.
  • Each ASIST participant is charged $100 for the cost of materials and lunch for both days
  • ASIST workshops always have a minimum of two active ASIST trainers present for the entire two days.
  • Trainers show two award-winning videos in the course of the workshop.
  • Some parts of ASIST take place with all participants together, and others take place in a smaller work group. This helps create A balance between safety and challenge. Participants need not disclose personal experiences to the whole group.
  • Local resources are provided and their availability in the community is discussed

Participant materials include a 20-page workbook, wallet card, and stickers. Participants also receive a certificate upon completing the workshop

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Important Hotline Numbers

Polk County Crisis Line

503-623-9289

Northwest Human Services

(503) 581-5535 or 1-800-560-5535

National Suicide Prevention Hotline

1-800-273-TALK

National Veteran Crisis Hotline

1-800-273-8255 Press 1

Veterans text

838-255

Oregon Youthline

1-877-968-8491

Teens Text

TEEN2TEEN to 839-863

What Others are Saying

Modeling this after CPR is a good idea and easy to remember

This class has good valuable education to what I already know. Thank you.

Well informed and detailed answers with our questions. Also roleplay was a good way to feel reactions.

Doug and Stephanie did a great job of presenting QPR program to us. I feel more confident in helping someone.

This will help so much in what I do for a living. Thank you so much.

I really liked this program it was very knowledgable

I feel better equiped to handle future intervention.

This workshop is very practical and usable. I now have good tools to know what to do when I am concerned.

I felt like the training was useful for the professional and closer to home

I attended the ASIST workshop held at the Kroc Center in Salem on 01/26/17 - 01/27/17. The workshop was excellent. The workbook and tools were so helpful. Suicide is a difficult subject to talk about so I really appreciated the discussions and activities that provided participants an opportunity to practice having an open dialog about suicide, as well as learning how to put into practice the skills outlined in the PAL model. The trainers (Mark, Loren, and Doug) were very encouraging and supportive to participants throughout the learning process. I am sending a BIG thanks to them all. I have encouraged staff to attend.

Makes you realize how simple it is to make a great impact on someone.