Trainings & Programs

Dauphin County ASPIRE provides evidence-based training concerning suicide prevention to a wide array of organizations including:

  • Schools
  • First responders
  • Mental health organizations
  • Local businesses
  • Churches
  • Funeral homes
  • Physicians
  • Clinicians
  • Barbers/beauticians
  • Bartenders
  • Gun shops

We also offer training to those commonly impacted by suicide:

  • Loss/attempt survivors
  • Veterans
  • LGTBQ+ community
  • Dauphin County residents
Dauphin County ASPIRE: Allies for Suicide Prevention

Please contact us for more information about any of the training courses below that we offer.

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Evidence-based Training for Suicide Prevention

QPR training

QPR (Question Persuade Refer)

Just like CPR, QPR is an emergency response to someone in crisis and can save lives. QPR is the most widely taught Gatekeeper training in the world. QPR is a suicide prevention training for participants to be able to recognize the warning signs of suicide and question, persuade, and refer people at risk for suicide for help. Training can be conducted in as little as an hour and a half or up to 3 hours or more for specialized training. The training can be formatted to any audience including schools (teachers and students), law enforcement and other first responders, social workers, faith leaders, doctors, nurses, hospital and treatment center staff, and many others who are strategically positioned to recognize and refer someone at risk of suicide.

cams-care preventing suicide

CAMS-Care (For Clinicians Only)

CAMS is an assessment and treatment framework for suicidal patients that has been repeatedly proven to be effective in multiple randomized controlled clinical trials around the world in reducing suicidal ideation and increasing hope. The CAMS Framework® is an evidence-based therapeutic assessment and treatment model that emphasizes collaboration and transparency between therapist and patient. With our training programs, you’ll learn how to use the Suicide Status Form (SSF) as a guide to gather information about your patient’s current experience and suicide risk. You’ll also learn how to work collaboratively with your patients to devise treatment and stabilization plans that build trust and mutual understanding.

Clinicians who go through CAMS training have:

  1. Increased confidence in treating suicidal patients
  2. Improved communication with patients
  3. Enhanced clinical documentation
  4. Reduced risk of malpractice
living works asist applied suicide prevention skills training

ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training)

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. LivingWorks ASIST is proven effective. More than 50 peer-reviewed studies and government reports on LivingWorks ASIST have found LivingWorks ASIST improves participant skills and readiness to reach in and start a conversation with a person that may have thoughts of suicide.

After completing ASIST, the individual will be better able to:

  1. Identify individuals with thoughts of suicide.
  2. Understand how our beliefs and attitudes can affect suicide interventions
  3. Seek a shared understanding of the person at risk’s reasons for thoughts of suicide and their reason for living.