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Suicide intervention training offered

Mental health specialist offers two-day class at Gorge college

A two-day training that seeks to prevent suicides will be held in The Dalles and community members are invited to participate.

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) will teach attendees how to recognize potential suicide risk and how to intervene with people of all ages.

The training is highly interactive and incorporates mini-lectures, film, discussion and large and small group simulations.

The training will take place on Oct. 28 and 29 at Columbia Gorge Community College.

Dennis Bucklin, LCSW, is the Mental Health Training Specialist with the Oregon Youth Authority and a Certified ASIST Trainer, and Kimberly Walker, BS, and an ASIST Master Level trainer with Living Works Education, will conduct the training.

ASIST is designed for persons who interact with others at some level of risk for suicidal behavior. The training is especially useful for a broad range of community members such as teachers, physicians, parents, ministers, youth workers, law enforcement officers, health care providers, mental health workers, emergency personnel, scout leaders and peer counselors.

Cost is $79 per person and includes registration, materials and refreshments. Scholarships may be offered, based on availability of funds.

The ASIST workshop is sponsored by Columbia Gorge Community College and Oregon Youth Authority. For registration and information call the college at (541) 298-3112


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