Unit Ministry Team Cadet Training

09/29/2015  |  Col. Douglas E. Jones 104th Training Division (LT)
Chaplains Corner

Role playing was conducted in a classroom at the Fort Knox Religious Education Center, Fort Knox, Ky., during a two-day Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training. In this scenario, U.S. Army Reserve Chaplain (Capt.) Jeremy Lytle, 345th MI Battalion Chaplain, Fort Gordon, Ga., was acting in intervention to Sgt. 1st Class Leonard Bryant, Senior Chaplain Assistant of 108th Training Command (IET) out of Charlotte, N.C. Photo by Col. Douglas E. Jones, 104th Training Division (LT)

FORT KNOX, Ky. — Chaplain (Maj.) Todd Wolf, 104th Training Division (LT) Division Chaplain, conducts role play training with the Unit Ministry Team’s Cadets during the two-day Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training at Cadet Summer Training 15, Fort Knox, Kentucky.

ASIST is a standardized two-day, two-trainer, workshop designed for members of all care giving groups. The emphasis is on teaching suicide first-aid to help a person at risk stay safe and seek further help as needed.

Participants learn to use a suicide intervention model to identify persons with thoughts of suicide, seek a shared understanding of reasons for dying and living, develop a safe plan based on a review of risk, be prepared to do follow-up and become involved in suicide-safer community networks.

Graduated skill development is achieved through mini-lectures, facilitated discussions, group simulations and role plays. Workshop content is prepared to accommodate a wide variety of caregiver participants.

The objective of the training is for participants to be able to:

  1. Recognize that caregivers and persons at risk are affected by personal and societal attitudes about suicide.
  2. Discuss suicide in a direct manner with someone at risk.
  3. Identify risk alerts and develop related safe plans.
  4. Demonstrate the skills required to intervene with a person at risk of suicide.
  5. List the types of resources available to a person at risk, including themselves.
  6. Make a commitment to improving community resources.
  7. Recognize that suicide prevention is broader than suicide first-aid and includes life promotion and self-care for caregivers.

Role playing is a practical part of this UMT mandated training. Unit Ministry Teams no longer run the Suicide Prevention program, but are still gatekeepers.



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