There are several different trainings available which range from short one hour sessions intended for everyone, to intensive 2-day trainings designed for professionals who work with potential at risk groups (e.g. police officers, school counselors, mental health service providers). Below is a description of each of the trainings currently available. For more information, or to schedule a training, feel free to contact us.
QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer - 3 simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. Each year thousands of Americans, like you, are saying "Yes" to saving the life of a friend, colleague, sibling, or neighbor. QPR can be learned in our Gatekeeper course in as little as one hour. Deschutes County has offered this course several times to the public free of cost, but it can also be delivered to specific groups upon request. To learn more about QPR check out the QPR Institute's website at http://www.qprinstitute.com/.
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training or ASIST, was developed by LivingWorks Education in Canada and is designed to help caregivers recognize risk and learn how to intervene to prevent the immediate risk of suicide. The workshop is for all caregivers (any person in a position of trust). This includes professionals, paraprofessionals and lay people. It is suitable for mental health professionals, nurses, physicians, pharmacists, teachers, counselors, youth workers, police and correctional staff, school support staff, clergy, and community volunteers. The program is formally designated as an 'evidence-based program' in Oregon and is listed on the Suicide Prevention Resource Center and American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's Best Practice registry. For more information check out the LivingWorks website at https://www.livingworks.net/.
RESPONSE is a comprehensive high school based youth suicide awareness program that is designed to heighten awareness of depression and suicide. The program has awareness components for school staff, students and parents and requires schools to send 2 staff members to an ASIST training to prepare them to keep a student at risk safe until s/he reaches the next level of care. RESPONSE is a designated best practice and is also listed on the Suicide Prevention Resource Center and American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's Best Practice registry. For more information about RESPONSE please contact the Children and Families Commission.