Crisis Intervention Specialist Training

MHA Crisis Center volunteers make an impact in our community. Consider joining our dedicated team of volunteer Crisis Intervention Specialists!

“All you have to do is care, we can teach you the rest.”

Our training program is based on local needs and effective practices as established by national accrediting organizations. Individuals who successfully complete the training program have the necessary skills to assist and empower people in crisis, as well as people who need information about community resources.

Volunteering is a great way to help others in need, meet caring people, and develop useful skills that will serve you all your life.

Our free training consists of a 15-hour Applied Suicide Intervention Training (ASIST) followed by several sessions that focus on empathy, values, options/emergencies, and assertiveness. Each session builds on the previous session(s). Proficiency in skills will culminate in a final session of Crisis Intervention Specialist orientation and graduation.

How do I get started? Begin by filling out and submitting an application. Once you submit your application, we'll contact you about an interview. You can apply any time. 

It's never too early to submit your application for the next training! Send us your application any time!

We appreciate your interest in being part of the MHA Crisis Center!


Upcoming Crisis Intervention Specialist Trainings

Summer Training:

Session 1 | Thursday, June 7 | 8:00 am - 5:00 pm - Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) Part 1

Session 2 | Friday, June 8 | 8:00 am - 5:00 pm - Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) Part 2

Session 3 | Monday, June 11 | 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm - Empathy & Values

Session 4 | Wednesday, June 13 | 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm - Problems & Options

Session 5 | Monday, June 18 | 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm - Assertiveness & Emergency

Session 6 | Wednesday, June 20 | 8:00 am - 12:00 pm - Cultural Competency, New CIS Orientation & Graduation

  • A graduation ceremony and reception will be held immediately following the New CIS Orientation at 12:00 noon at MHA.

*attendance at all summer sessions is required


Fall Training:

Session 1 | Friday, September 21 | 8:00 am - 5:00 pm - Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) Part 1

Session 2 | Saturday, September 22 | 8:00 am - 5:00 pm  - Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) Part 2

Session 3 | Tuesday, September 25 |5:00 pm - 9:00 pm - Empathy & Values

Session 4 | Thursday, September 27 | 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm - Problems & Options

Session 5 | Tuesday, October 2 | 5:00 pm -9:00 pm - Assertiveness & Emergency

Session 6 | Thursday, October 4 | 8:00 am - 12:00 pm  - Cultural Competency, New CIS Orientation & Graduation

  • A graduation ceremony and reception will be held immediately following the New CIS Orientation at 12:00 noon at MHA.

*attendance at all fall sessions is required

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