You can save a life. Suicide intervention training opportunity: ASIST™

You can save a life. Suicide is a serious public health problem that affects people of all ages. You can help prevent suicide in our community by knowing the facts, warning signs and where to get help. To address this crisis, the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center is providing an intervention training for individuals in a variety of roles to learn to recognize the signs of risk and the techniques to help those contemplating suicide. The Center is pleased to offer Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training™ (ASIST™). 

ASIST™ is an award winning two-day interactive workshop that prepares participants to provide life-assisting suicide first-aid intervention.

ASIST participants will be able to:

  • Identify people who have thoughts of suicide
  • Understand how beliefs and attitudes can affect suicide interventions
  • Listen to the story of a person with thoughts of suicide and recognize turning points that connect that person to life
  • Conduct safety assessment, develop a safe plan, and confirm safety actions to be carried out

AUDIENCE  Community members: Including teachers, police, EMS workers, health care providers, faith leaders, anyone over the age of 16.

DATES  June 21-22, 2019 / Two-day Intensive (Participants must complete both days of the training)

TIMES  8:30am – 4:30pm

TUITION  $65 per person

LOCATION  Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center: 8553 Urbandale Ave, Urbandale, IA



Materials for the ASIST™ training are provided by the Iowa Chapter of American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Out of the Darkness Walks.


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Diane McClanahan, M.Div., Director of Leadership and Spiritual Life at the Center

For more information, contact: Diane McClanahan, M.Div.
Director of Leadership and Spiritual Life  515-251-6667
Diane McClanahan is a registered nurse, ordained minister and mother of two adult children. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Duke University and a Master of Divinity degree from Yale University.  Diane serves on the board of the Iowa Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.  She is a registered ASIST™ trainer and is trained as a Survivor of Suicide Loss Support Group facilitator.


Beverly C. Butler is an ordained United Methodist clergy currently serving as a staff chaplain at Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa, Mason City, and as “Preaching Only” Pastor at the United Methodist Shell Rock Valley Charge.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Huntington College, and a Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology at Emory University.  She is trained as an ASIST™ trainer through Living Works.



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