Trainings & Educational Opportunities

Each year, several mental health training and educational opportunities are offered throughout the community. These opportunities range from 2-40 hours in length and are offered to professionals and community members. See below for a listing of current opportunities.

NAMI Washington County Trainings


  • Peer-to-Peer: 8-session recovery-based course for adults living with mental health challenges
  • Family-to-Family: Peer-led by trained adults who have a family member with mental illness. This group meets twice/month. This is a structured group model.

Contact: Lisa Krenke at 262-339-1235
For more information:
https://www.nami-positiveimage.org/

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

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. Although ASIST is widely used by healthcare providers, participants don't need any formal training to attend the workshop -- anyone 16 or older can learn and use the ASIST model.
Since its development in 1983, ASIST has received regular updates to reflect improvements in knowledge and practice, and over 1 million people have taken the workshop. Studies show that the ASIST method helps reduce suicidal feelings in those at risk and is a cost-effective way to help address the problem of suicide.


Over the course of their two-day workshop, ASIST participants learn to:

  • Understand the ways that personal and societal attitudes affect views on suicide and interventions
  • Provide guidance and suicide first aid to a person at risk in ways that meet their individual safety needs
  • Identify the key elements of an effective suicide safety plan and the actions required to implement it
  • Appreciate the value of improving and integrating suicide prevention resources in the community at large
  • Recognize other important aspects of suicide prevention including life-promotion and self-care
  • Presentations and guidance from two LivingWorks registered trainers

2019 Dates:

  • March 25 & 26
  • May 15 & 16
  • August 1 & 2
  • October 2 & 3

Other details:

  • The training is a full two-day training and participants must be present for both consecutive days to complete the training. ASIST does not require a degree or specific education level, it is a workshop designed to provide intervention skills to everyone.
  • We welcome and encourage you to reach out to anyone you believe may be interested in learning more about suicide first aid.
  • Cost is covered for internal Washington County staff.
  • Cost: $100/participant for external providers (including external staff who work in house).
  • Will take names and put individuals on a wait list as needed

Contact: Katie Haupt at katie.haupt@co.washington.wi.us or Samantha Gonnering at samantha.gonnering@co.washington.wi.us


Question.Persuade.Refer. (QPR)

2-hour training to reach individuals how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to Question, Persuade, and Refer someone to help.

2019 Dates:

  • January 23, February 20, March 14, April 17, May 15, June 13, July 17, August 21, September 12, October 16, November 20, December 12
  • 6-8pm

Contact: LiFE OF HOPE in Washington County at 262-429-1556
Register here:
http://lifeofhopeproject.com/register-for-qpr/