Social Work CEU: Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

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Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

July 21-22, 2022
8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. both days
UI School of Social Work / 332 North Hall
Iowa City, IA
15 CEUs - $175

($150 for School of Social Work Adjuncts, Field Instructors and Practicum Coordinators)

Registration and additional details HERE.

A boxed lunch will be included each day

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a two-day interactive workshop in suicide first aid. ASIST teaches participants to recognize when someone may have thoughts of suicide and work with them to create a plan that will support their immediate safety. Although ASIST is widely used by healthcare providers, participants do NOT need formal training to attend the workshop—anyone 16 or older can learn and use the ASIST model. Ultimately, ASIST is founded on the principle that everyone can make a difference in preventing suicide. The more people in the community who have suicide intervention training, the more likely it is they will be able to identify someone at risk and intervene to keep them safe.

Since its development in 1983, ASIST has received regular updates to reflect improvements in knowledge and practice, and over 1 million people have taken the workshop. Studies show that the ASIST method helps reduce suicidal feelings in those at risk and is a cost-effective way to help address the problem of suicide.

Learning objectives

Over the course of the two-day workshop, ASIST participants learn to:

Understand the ways that personal and societal attitudes affect views on suicide and interventions.
Provide guidance and suicide first aid to a person at risk in ways that meet their individual safety needs.
Identify the key elements of an effective suicide safety plan and the actions required to implement it.
Appreciate the value of improving and integrating suicide prevention resources in the community at large.
Recognize other important aspects of suicide prevention including life-promotion and self-care.


Sara Knox, LMSW, completed her MSW degree at the University of Iowa School of Social Work in 2017. She has volunteered and worked in crisis intervention at CommUnity Crisis Services and Foodbank (formerly The Crisis Center of Johnson County) for 10 years. She is a Master Trainer for ASIST, and has given conference presentations on suicide intervention for the International Association for Suicide Prevention, American Association of Suicidology and the National Association of Crisis Center Directors.

Keri Neblett, LMSW, is the Suicide Prevention Director at the Iowa Department of Public Health. Prior to this position, Keri worked as a Clinical Assistant Professor at the UI School of Social Work and as the Director of Crisis Services at CommUnity Crisis Services and Foodbank (formerly the Crisis Center of Johnson County). She served as chair of the Johnson County Suicide Prevention Coalition for 10 years and has presented on suicide and crisis services at state, regional, national, and international conferences.

Thursday, July 21, 2022 8:30am to 4:30pm
Friday, July 22, 2022 8:30am to 4:30pm
North Hall
20 Davenport Street, Iowa City, IA 52245
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Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa–sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Jen Knights in advance at 319-335-3750 or