ASIST: Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training


Learn suicide first aid. ASIST is a two-day intensive, interactive and practice-dominated course designed to help caregivers recognize risk and learn how to intervene to prevent the immediate risk of suicide. Participants receive a full color, tear-resistant pocket card featuring intervention, risk review, and safeplan development principles. This course is designed for all caregivers including professionals, physicians, pharmacists, teachers, counselors, youth workers, police and correctional staff, school support staff, clergy and community volunteers. Learn to recognize and estimate risk, and become more effective at helping people at risk. The benefits will live on.

Learning objectives:

● Recognize invitations for help from suicidal people

● Reach out and offer support

● Review the risk of suicide

● Apply a suicide intervention model

● Link people with community resources

About the Presenters:

Chaplain (Colonel-retired) Andrew Aquino served in the position of State Chaplain for the Ohio National Guard from January 2010 until October of 2019 when he concluded 32 years of military service.   As such, he managed and provided oversight for the recruiting, training and management of the Ohio National Guard’s 37 Chaplain Teams and was responsible for managing the Ohio National Guard’s spiritual and moral support programs for approximately 17,000 soldiers and airmen. Chaplain Aquino helped develop and implement the Ohio National Guard’s Suicide Prevention strategy to counter a steady increase in suicide. He became an Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) trainer in 2006 and has trained over 1000 participants in the ASIST workshop attaining the level of ASIST Training for Trainers Team Leader with Livingworks Education, Inc.  After earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Literature from Liberty University and a Master of Divinity Degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, he was ordained to ministry with the American Baptist Churches, USA (ABCUSA).  He has served as a parish minister for 15 years and also taught in the Public School system.  He deployed to Kosovo in 2004 and to Iraq in 2005.  He is married 38 years to Tammy Oliver, and they have four children.

Holly Hirsel, MSW, LISW, Clinical Social Worker and Outreach Coordinator for Brecksville VA

Ms. Hirsel has been a clinical social worker with the VA since 2005.  Currently, she is a Program Coordinator with the National VA Homeless Programs Office in Washington, DC.  Prior to that, she worked at the Cleveland VA Medical Center providing individual, group and family therapy on the PTSD unit and as an Outreach Coordinator for returning Veterans. Ms. Hirsel currently serves with the US Army Reserves as a Social Worker/Behavioral Health Officer assigned to Fort Campbell, KY.  She previously served with the Ohio Army National Guard from 2008 until 2017. She completed her master’s degree in social work through Case Western Reserve’s MSASS program and her bachelor’s degree in social work and psychology through Cleveland State University.  She is a licensed independent social worker as well as a licensed independent chemical dependency counselor with the State of Ohio.


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ASIST: Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
Presenters: Holly Hirsel & Chaplain (Colonel-retired) Andrew Aquino
Wednesday, April 15 & Thursday, April 16, 2020
Ohio Army National Guard
1121 S. Houk Rd., Delaware, OH 43015

8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Scholarships available for SourcePoint Employees and DMMHRSB Partners
12 Social Worker & Counselor CEUs available