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Training and Events


How to Save a Life- Suicide Prevention Training

How to save a life is a training that helps people identify when others are at risk for suicide.  The training helps people become more comfortable with asking about suicide, connecting with the person in a struggle and how to make the best type of referral. 

Registration required

3:00 pm, Friday, October 21st, Robert Scott Small 319

9:00 am,  Monday Oct. 24th, Robert Scott Small 319

11:00 am, Thursday, October 27th, Robert Scott Small 319

2:00 pm, Friday, October 28th, Robert Scott Small 319

9:00 am, Monday, October 31st, Robert Scott Small 319

3:30 pm, Wednesday, November 2nd

11:00 am Thursday, November 3rd, Robert Scott Small 319

3:00 pm, Friday, November 4th, Robert Scott Small 319

Note: Sessions will be cancelled the day before unless there are at least 4 people registered

Educational Talks

Suicide Risk and Veterans

Registration Required

Suicide Risk and Veterans is a an educational talk which examines veterans has a special population that has a higher than average risk.

12:00 pm, Tuesday, October 25th, Robert Scott Small 319

How Can We Reduce the Suicide Risk for Our LGBT Community?

Registration Required

Suicide risk is high in the population of people who identify as LGBT.  This educational/training talk will examine the specific risk factors and protective factors for this group.  This talk will include training in asking about suicide and making a referral.

4:00 pm, Tuesday, October 25th, Robert Scott Small 105

1:30 pm, Thursday, Ocrober 27th, Robert Scott Small 319

4:00 pm, Tuesday, November 1st, Robert Scott Small 248

Planning for Community Action

These meetings will be engaging discussion groups aimed at getting different parts of the campus together to explore what our community should do to help with the members of our community struggling with suicidal thoughts.

Interested in being a discussion leader?  Contact Rachael McNamara,

Registration Required

1:30 pm, October 26th

ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) - 2 day training, 3 times a year

This is an intense two-day training offered at COFC three times a year. Small group discussions and skills practice are based on adult learning principles. ASIST teaches Pathway for Assisting Life (PAL), a practical guide to doing suicide interventions. This is especially recommended for staff in residence life and registration is available online. 

If you are not a COFC staff member, faculty, or student and are interested in this training, please contact Rachael.  ASIST is open to the public on a limited basis when space is available.

ASIST T4T (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) - 5 day training

ASIST T4T is a five-day course that prepares local resource persons to be trainers of the ASIST workshop. There is a network of 5,000 active trainers around the world. Before applying, all candidates must read the Essential Information for Candidates and Trainer Competencies pages before registering. (Programs/ASIST T4T section).

ASIST trainers often rate the T4T course as one of the most rewarding, challenging and empowering learning programs they have attended. You will also find being an ASIST trainer very rewarding. Benefits aside, you need to know what you are getting into because becoming and maintaining the standards of a trainer are hard work. IMPORTANT: Be aware when making travel arrangements that candidates must attend all sessions of the five-day course.

Rachael McNamara and Frank Budd have been through this trainer and can answer your questions.  You can reach out to them at 843.953.5640.

This event was held in Charleston March 2-6, 2015

Suicide Prevention Among the LGBTQ Population - 1 hour presentation and discussion

Reports of suicide among LGBT youth has become more common.  Learn about risk and protective factors specific to this population and ways you can help.  Please register online. You can also request a training for your group of 4 or more