Gatekeeper and ASIST Training

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Gatekeeper Training

What is a suicide gatekeeper? Any trained person who is willing to be an advocate for another person contemplating suicide. Gatekeepers are trained to recognize the signs of someone in distress and get them to help. Gatekeepers are students, faculty, staff and administrators.

The objectives of this training are to:

  • Learn about suicide in the U.S. and in Nevada and how it effects everyone.
  • Learn about the myths and facts surrounding suicide.
  • Recognize the warning signs and risk behaviors.
  • Know how to offer hope.
  • Know how to get help.
  • Know what resources are available for help and support.

The presentation helps the learner know when and how to ask "Are you thinking of suicide?" and what to do when the answer is "yes". The Gatekeeper training takes about 1 to 1.5 hours. Gatekeeper training is offered on a regular basis through Professional Development.

TMCC Faculty and Staff: If you are interested in having a Gatekeeper training for a classroom or department, please contact Counseling.

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is designed for caregivers seeking to prevent the immediate risk of suicide. This training is offered through a partnership between Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC) and a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA). The emphasis of the ASIST workshop is on suicide first aid: To provide life saving actions until medical or professional help is obtained. The training will give the learner the skills to help keep a person safe right now.

The training is held over the course of 2 days (8 hours each day). In order to receive a certificate and/or CE credits, you must attend and participate in both full days of training and complete the evaluation. No credit is given for partial attendance. ASIST is an interactive intervention skills training, so please dress comfortably and be prepared to practice.

At the completion of training, workshop participants will be able to:

  • Recognize invitations for help.
  • Reach out and offer support.
  • Review the risk of suicide.
  • Apply a suicide intervention model.
  • Link persons at risk with community resources.

Please note that the safety and confidentiality of all training participants is maintained throughout the workshop. ASIST training is offered on a regular basis through Professional Development.

Continuing Education (CE) Credits

Continuing Education (CE) credits (13.5 hrs) are available for the following Nevada boards: Alcohol, Drug & Gambling Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists and Clinical Professional Counselors, Psychologists, Board of Education, with 12.25 hours from the Social Work Board.

Gatekeeper and ASIST Registration

To find the next available Gatekeeper or ASIST workshop and to register, please visit the TMCC Professional Development website. Due to class size, we urge you to complete your registration as soon as possible.