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Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) 

"ASIST is a two-day interactive workshop in suicide first-aid. ASIST teaches participants to recognize when someone may be at risk 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 don’t need any formal training to attend the workshop—ASIST can be learned and used by anyone. 

As the world’s leading suicide intervention workshop, LivingWorks’ ASIST program is supported by numerous evaluations including independent and peer-reviewed studies. Results demonstrate that ASIST helps participants become more willing, ready, and able to intervene with someone at risk of suicide. 

ASIST is also proven to reduce suicidality for those at risk. A 2013 study that monitored over 1,500 suicidal callers to crisis lines found that callers who spoke with ASIST-trained counselors were 74% less likely to be suicidal after the call, compared to callers who spoke with counselors trained in methods other than ASIST. Callers were also less overwhelmed, less depressed, and more hopeful after speaking with ASIST-trained counselors. 

FOCUS: Suicide intervention training 

DURATION: Two days (15 hours) 

PARTICIPANTS: Anyone 16 or older 

TRAINERS: Two registered trainers per 15 – 30 participants"

(, 2016)

For more information about the ASIST program, check the LivingWorks website.

Sonia is an ASIST Trainer and workshop host with LivingWorks. 


She facilitates workshops in organizations for training and development of agency staff, and also delivers workshops in community-based settings. Sonia has certified crisis line staff, hospital mental health workers, students in training, and various community members. 

To bring ASIST to your community or organization, contact Sonia here

Coaching and Facilitation



Sonia's experience as a clinical consultant, trainer, and clinical team lead has led her to design and deliver numerous group trainings for front-line mental health professionals. Training options are available for groups of all sizes.


Workshop topics include: 

  • mental health literacy and awareness

  • suicide intervention

  • compassion fatigue and self-care

  • trauma intervention

  • child welfare

  • counselling outreach for males

For consultation on your organization's workshop needs, please contact Sonia here

Sonia has designed and facilitated coaching sessions geared toward counselling skills development. Sessions are available for individuals, small workgroups, and large groups. 

Coaching specialties include:

  • counselling skills 

  • ​risk assessment, crisis intervention, and safety planning

  • phone based counselling technique

  • web based counselling technique (synchronous and asynchronous)

  • solution-focused brief therapy

  • narrative therapy

  • Emotionally Focused Therapy

Click here to connect with Sonia about counselling skills coaching.

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Sonia creates and delivers workshops aimed at fostering team growth and healthy relationship dynamics. Some of these workshops incorporate clowning skills, connecting exercises, and the art of play for teams and organizations. 

For more information, contact Sonia

“Wonderful expereince. Sonia made the small group workshop very positive and enjoyable considering the heavy topics that were covered.”



—  ASIST Participant

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