QBOW Staff welcomes ABK Wellness for ASIST & ASK Training

QBOW Child and Family Services Staff – March 3-5, 2020 – ASIST & ASK Training Workshops

On March 3, 2020 QBOW staff gathered in Saskatoon at Smiley’s Buffet and Catering to partake in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) and Assessing for Suicide in Kids (ASK) facilitated by Beckie Krumm and Kristen Yorga of ABK Wellness Consulting.

ASIST is a two-day interactive workshop in suicide first-aid. The ASIST training taught participants to recognize when someone may be at risk of suicide and how to work with them to create a plan that will support their immediate safety.

The ASK one-day workshop challenges commonly held notions about children’s’ capacity to consider suicide. It facilitated awareness of the signs that a young child may be at risk and what is needed to help. Case studies and simulations were provided with opportunities to apply what was learned. A brief screening tool was used to guide helpers to determine risk and make appropriate referral connections. A helper tool was used to teach how to organize and summarize the available information about a given child in a form that can be used by someone, perhaps the participants themselves, in safety planning. Common challenges in working with parents and possible solutions were addressed through guided simulations and discussion.

There were a total of 17 QBOW CFS staff compiled from both QBOW North and South offices and Elder services were provided by Saskatoon’s Judy Pelly.

SFNFCI would like to thank the following; ABK Wellness Consulting, Kristen and Beckie for the wonderful facilitation, QBOW CFS participants for attending the training, Elder Judy Pelly, Smiley’s Buffet and Catering.

For more details on up-coming Disability Project Events, please check out our Calendar of Events, http://www.sfnfci.ca/events.html

Contact Shelley Thomas Prokop, Director of Programs, shelley@sfnfci.ca

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