Organize or sponsor an ASIST T4T

An ASIST Training for Trainers (T4T) offers a community, region, or organization the chance to create sustainable suicide-safety at the lowest long-term cost. Over the course of a year, two ASIST trainers can train dozens or even hundreds of caregivers in the life-saving ASIST model, increasing the community’s capacity for suicide first aid as a whole. Organizing or sponsoring an ASIST T4T helps to create a local suicide prevention network and represents a major contribution to the community’s health and wellness.

What's involved?

When thinking about organizing or sponsoring an ASIST T4T, there are several things to keep in mind. ASIST requires team teaching, with two trainers delivering each workshop. Either a minimum of two trainers from the same community or organization should be registered for the T4T, or you should confirm that there are other trainers in your area or organization who are willing to work with a new trainer. Please contact [email protected] to inquire.

In addition, the time commitments for a new ASIST trainer are significant. All expectations of a T4T participant working to become a Registered Trainer are clearly outlined in our downloadable handout, Essential Information for ASIST Trainer Candidates. Both candidates and representatives of their organizations, if any, must sign off on the expectations before attending the course. The contract between LivingWorks and the T4T sponsor requires signed commitment forms of all candidates.

The best number of candidates at a T4T course is 24. Other numbers can be accommodated but may increase costs per candidate. Because many things about the course are tightly structured, ensuring commitment and attendance from the appropriate number of candidates is critical. In consultation with LivingWorks, set the date for the course well in advance and decide upon the target number of candidates. Give everyone time to submit the signed registration forms and their deposit and allot additional time for adjustments. 

Sponsors coordinate with LivingWorks on marketing and registration processes. Sponsors are usually responsible for arranging facilities, equipment, and meals as well as recommending or arranging accommodations, when appropriate. There are very specific room and equipment needs for a T4T. The contract between LivingWorks and the sponsor requires the sponsor to follow these specifications exactly. Checklists of room and equipment needs can be downloaded for review, with information specific to groups of 15 candidates or 24 candidates.

A fully residential T4T course—where participants remain on-site at a hotel or other venue for the full five days—is preferable. Candidates are likely unfamiliar with the kind of energy commitment required at this course, and having everyone reside at the venue means that work can be accomplished with fewer distractions.

What are the costs?

Fluctuating travel and exchange rates can increase or decrease T4T costs significantly. Costs are also dependent on facilities, equipment, refreshments, and lunches. Extra support options with associated fees can also be added. 

To learn more, obtain a quote, or take the first steps toward your T4T, please contact [email protected]. We are eager to collaborate in bringing sustainable suicide first aid skills to your community.

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