Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

Course Code:


Course Category:

Mental Health

Duration (hours):


Fees (Please note that the fees listed are for your reference only. The final course fee may vary.)
Name Fee (Excludes GST) Fee (Includes GST)
Nett Fee (after SSG funding) $ 225.00 $ 240.75
Course Fee (Before Funding) $ 750.00 $ 802.50


The ASIST was developed in 1983 and regularly updated to reflect improvements in knowledge and practice, ASIST is the world’s leading suicide intervention course. During the two-day interactive course, participants learn to intervene and help prevent the immediate risk of suicide.

Target Participants:

Target audience includes a broad range of social service practitioners. These may include mental health professionals, nurses, physicians, pharmacists, teachers, counsellors, youth workers, police and correctional staff, school support staff, clergy, and community volunteers.The skills and knowledge for this course, which the learner is assumed to possess, are as follows:

- Be able to listen and speak English at a proficiency level equivalent to the Employability Skills System Workplace Literacy (WPL) Level 6

- Be able to read and write English at a proficiency level equivalent to the Employability Skills System Workplace Literacy (WPL) Level 6

- Be able to use numeracy skills equivalent to the Employability Skills System Workplace Numeracy (WPN) Level 6

Learning Outcome:

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

1. Identify the ways of framing observations of the distress of a person at risk, in exploring invitations.

2. Relate the needs of a person at risk to the caregiver tasks, based on the PAL model.

3. Identify the safety issues and corresponding actions to take, in the development of a Safety Framework.


This course includes assessment components. Assessment may be conducted during and/or after the course. As there is an assessment component for this course, grading and processing of results can only take place after course completion.

Learners who pass the assessment(s) will be awarded with an electronic Certificate of Achievement from SSI. You will receive an email notification when your e-Cert is ready for download in your NCSS e-Services account.

Fee Remarks:

SSG funding is available for Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents only. For more information on SSG Training Grants, please visit:
SkillsFuture Singapore Funding.
SkillsFuture Credit.

VCF funding is available for foreigners who are staff of NCSS member Social Service Agencies via Direct Training Application.

Terms and conditions apply. Applicants of above training grants should inform SSI upon submission of your application.

Trainer Profile:

Dr. John K E Tan holds a doctorate in ministry that he earned from Fuller Theological Seminary in Los Angeles, USA. He has spent twenty-five years in service to youths and to adults who help youths succeed in life. Dr. Tan is also a certified adult educator, armed with both the Diploma in Adult and Continuing Education (DACE) as well as the Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment (ACTA) under the Singapore Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ) framework. Currently, he serves as the Executive Director of Children-At-Risk Empowerment Association (CARE Singapore) in a full-time capacity.
Mr Amran Jamil holds a Master of Social Sciences (Social Work) and a Bachelor of Arts with major in Social Work from the National University of Singapore (NUS). He also holds an Advanced Certificate in Social Work Supervision and Graduate Diploma in Solution Focused Brief Therapy. As an accredited social worker, Amran has more than 13 years of clinical experience working with various sectors of community from youths to minor marriages and families facing violence at home.
Ms Han Yah Yee began her social work career in 1994 and is currently the General Manager of Marine Parade Family Service Centre. In her professional journey of 19 years, Yah Yee has grown to be an exemplary leader in the social work field. Yah Yee is a firm believer in education for mindset change. She is an active speaker and trainer for social work related topics.
Ms Lim Hwee Er holds a Masters of Health Service Management (University of Sydney) and a Bachelor of Health Sciences (Hons) (OT) (University of Teesside, UK). As an occupational therapist, she has 14 years of clinical experience working with the elderly people of various geriatric/psycho geriatric conditions spanning hospitals to community services settings, including nursing homes, day care centres and home-based services. As an ACTA certified trainer, Ms Lim is involved in the development and implementation of WSQ certified and regular training and workshops for professionals, family caregivers and the public in collaboration with various organisations.
Mr Wilson Mack has over 20 years of work experience in the social services. He has been providing substantial supervision for counselors and social workers in the area of marriage and family counseling, family mediation and crisis intervention. As a medical social worker, he has been working with suicidal patients and their next-of-kin, HIV and psychiatric patients.
Ms Florence Fong, Senior Medical Social Worker, Singapore General Hospital (Medical Social Services) has 9 years of professional experience providing psychosocial services to both outpatients and inpatients. As a certified ASIST trainer, she has conducted ASIST training with SGH through the post-graduate allied health institute (PGAHI) for internal staff and external applicants.
Ms Cheng Hwee Fern is an accredited social worker, holding a Bachelor of Social Work (NUS) and Graduate Diploma in Counselling Practice (Counselling and Care Centre). She is passionate in suicide-related work, formerly with Samaritans of Singapore (SOS) for over 8 years; and provided face-to-face counselling, consultation and training to volunteers and organised suicide-related workshops for social service professionals.
Ms Adelyn Poh is the co-founder for Children-At-Risk Empowerment Association (CARE Singapore) and considers her role at CARE to be mission-critical for youths who go astray to incur high social costs beyond monetary measures. She has worked tirelessly to inspire and influence the community with her mission to help youths succeed.

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