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 2019 Training *:

Session 1 | Thursday, May 30 | 8:30 am - 5:00 pm - Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) Part 1
Session 2 | Friday, May 31 | 8:30 am - 5:00 pm - Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) Part 2
Session 3 | Tuesday, June 4 |5:00 pm - 9:00 pm - Empathy & Values
Session 4 | Thursday, June 6 | 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm - Problems & Options  
Session 5 | Monday, June 10 | 5:00 pm -10:00 pm - Assertiveness & Emergency
Session 6 | Thursday, June 13 | 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 2019 Training *:

Session 1 | Thursday, September 5 | 8:30 am - 5:00 pm - Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) Part 1
Session 2 | Friday, September 6 | 8:30 am - 5:00 pm - Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) Part 2
Session 3 | Tuesday, September 10 |5:00 pm - 9:00 pm - Empathy & Values
Session 4 | Thursday, September 12 | 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm - Problems & Options  
Session 5 | Monday, September 16 | 5:00 pm -10:00 pm - Assertiveness & Emergency
Session 6 | Tuesday, September 17 | 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm - Cultural Competency, New CIS Orientation & Graduation
A graduation ceremony and reception will be held immediately following the New CIS Orientation at 5:00 pm at MHA.  *attendance at all Fall sessions is required


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