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Training Dates

Below are the confirmed dates for all of OLLIE's scheduled training. Depending upon demand new dates may be added throughout the year. If you are looking for training for an organisation or have any questions then please contact us.

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ASIST Training Courses

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is for everyone 16 or older—regardless of prior experience—who wants to be able to provide suicide first aid. Shown by major studies to significantly reduce suicidality, the ASIST model teaches effective intervention skills while helping to build suicide prevention networks in the community.

Virtually anyone age 16 or older, regardless of prior experience or training, can become an ASIST-trained caregiver. Developed in 1983 and regularly updated to reflect improvements in knowledge and practice, ASIST is the world’s leading suicide intervention workshop. During the two-day interactive session, participants learn to intervene and help prevent the immediate risk of suicide. Over 1,000,000 people have taken the workshop, and studies have proven that the ASIST method helps reduce suicidal feelings for those at risk.

ASIST dates :

  • 1-2 May 2019 09:00 - 16:30
    YC Hertfordshire (Watford Access Point, 206-210, Lower High Street, Watford, Hertfordshire, WD17 2EL)
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  • 26-27 October 2019 09:00 - 16:30
    Harpenden Young Peoples' Centre (27 High Street, Harpenden AL5 2RU)
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SafeTALK Training Courses

SafeTALK is a half-day alertness training that prepares anyone 15 or older, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper. Most people with thoughts of suicide don’t truly want to die, but are struggling with the pain in their lives. Through their words and actions, they invite help to stay alive. safeTALK-trained helpers can recognise these invitations and take action by connecting them with life-saving intervention resources, such as caregivers trained in ASIST.

Since its development in 2006, safeTALK has been used in over 20 countries around the world, and more than 200 selectable video vignettes have been produced to tailor the program’s audio-visual component for diverse audiences. safeTALK-trained helpers are an important part of suicide-safer communities, working alongside intervention resources to identify and avert suicide risks.

safeTALK dates:

  • 20 July 2019 13:00 - 16:30
    Harpenden Young Peoples' Centre (27 High Street, Harpenden AL5 2RU)
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  • 7 November 2019 09:15 - 12:45
    Venue to be confirmed

Suicide to Hope (S2H) Workshop

Clinicians and other professional helpers know that encountering suicide is an inevitable and significant part of their work. However, many lack confidence for this role and feel inadequately prepared. suicide to Hope offers a unique training opportunity to improve helpers’ preparation to provide effective suicide care.

Workshop process and objectives

The workshop’s goal is to encourage and enable participants to apply a recovery and growth oriented approach to working with persons previously at risk and currently safe from suicide. Through interactive learning and practice, participants will learn to:

  • Reflect on their qualities as helpers—the beliefs, values and attitudes they bring to the helping relationship—and how these impact on the effectiveness of their work
  • Describe key features of a hope-oriented, recovery and growth approach to suicide;
  • Understand a framework for finding and exploring recovery and growth opportunities in suicide experiences; and
  • Apply a Pathway to Hope (PaTH) model for setting and working toward recovery and growth goals.

Who should participate?

The workshop is for clinicians and other professional helpers who are, or would like to be, involved in ongoing suicide care for people, once they are safe. It assumes that participants are familiar with suicide intervention and can provide suicide first aid.

Suicide to Hope Workshop dates :

  • 9th May 2019 (8:30 - 4:30)
    Holiday Inn Express Dunstable (London road Dunstable, Central Bedfordshire, United Kingdom, LU6 3DX)
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  • 29th September 2019 (9:00 - 17:00)
    Harpenden Young Peoples' Centre (27 High St, 27, High Street, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 2RU)
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Goalsetting Training

Who is this workshop for?
This workshop will explore the science of goal setting, its impact on resilience, and how it can be used to reduce stress and the overwhelming feelings we can all experience when we have too much going on. This workshop is suitable for parents, professionals and young people aged 12 and above.

Goalsetting Training dates :

  • Saturday, 27th April (13.00 - 16.00)
    Holiday Inn Express St. Albans - M25, Jct.22
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  • Saturday, 31st August (13.00 - 16.00)
    Holiday Inn Express St. Albans - M25, Jct.22 
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Still sitting on the fence? Well, have a read of these quotes from previous delegates!

"This is an important life skill that everyone should have"

"Very useful - well paced with the right amount of material that was very well presented"

"I think the course covers all bases and provides a solid framework for suicide prevention"

"Really helpful video clips and activities - both trainers very passionate and informed about the subject which showed"

"This is not an area I would have felt comfortable handling before the training - the course has been beneficial"

"Very useful - everyone needs this first level of awareness"

"As a health care professional, despite gaining a degree in paediatric nursing, I was never given training to communicate or help young people with suicidal intentions.  This short course has given me the confidence to listen, ask and signpost individuals who need help"

If I Can Stop This Happening To Any Other Family, I Will.
Jane Johnstone, Founder