The ASK Workshop

Training for Facilitators

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the T4F


Learning Goals


Now accepting applications:

TBA Moncton NB, Canada

TBA North Battleford SK, Canada

About the Training for Facilitators

What does the Training for Facilitators (T4F) entail?

The T4F is a three day intensive (8:30-5:00) experience that supports eligible candidates in 
learning to facilitate The "ASK" Workshop. It begins with participation in The "ASK" Workshop led 
by the T4F Leader, a highly experienced Facilitator, after which Facilitators in Training receive a 
copy of the Facilitator Manual. They are assigned a portion of the manual to study and prepare for 
the next day. On Days Two and Three Facilitator Candidates reflect on and discuss aspects of the 
workshop content and processes, supported by the T4F Leader. They practice facilitating the parts 
of the workshop they were assigned providing feedback and support to one another. They have an 
opportunity to consider a variety of workshop participant perspectives and how to support 
participant learning during the workshop. On Day Three all candidates receive feedback from the 
Session Leader. Successful candidates are invited to sign an agreement with the developer licensing them to present the workshop within a specified region, most often where they reside although other regions may be negotiated. The T4F has been designed to support and facilitate candidate success, including up to two hours post-T4F support as needed at no additional cost.

What is the cost of participating in the T4F?

The registration fee for an open registration T4F is approximately $1400 (Canadian funds)** plus applicable taxes. This fee includes coaching and support from a T4F Leader over the three days of the T4F, all facilitator materials (manual, audio visuals, slide deck) and refreshments and lunches on all three days as well as up to two hours post-T4F support as needed determined by the Session Leader. In-house contracts for groups of candidates are also available.

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**The cost of participating in the T4F varies between regions, may be higher where there is no 
local T4F Leader, and is subject to change. Please confirm costs prior to registering for the T4F.


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Who is eligible to become a Facilitator for The "ASK" Workshop?

Anyone who meets the following criteria is eligible to participate in the T4F:

  • has submitted an application to attend the T4F, which has been approved by us

  • is an adult

  • has completed the 2-day ASIST workshop within the last 3 years

  • has experience working with persons at risk of suicide

  • has a passion for developing and supporting suicide safety through training and education


The following additional qualifications are highly desirable:

  • active trainers in good standing for ASIST/safeTALK, Mental Health First Aid or similar

  • university level preparation in psychology, social work, child development


Selection of candidates may be based on consideration of other factors, including but not limited to:

  • active facilitators in the candidate’s geographic region, whether the candidate intends to present number of 

  • the workshop internally for an agency/organization or within the broader community, other issues 

  • that could affect the workshop delivery or the network of facilitators in a given area.


Individuals who meet the above criteria are invited to submit an application to attend a three-day 

intensive Training for Facilitators for The "ASK" Workshop with demonstrations, group discussion, 

practice, and coaching with feedback. Successful applicants will receive an invitation to attend a T4F and details will be provided regarding location and cost of attending at that time. 

Applications will be kept on file for a period of one year, after which time a new application may 

be submitted.

Please note that attendance at the T4F does not guarantee becoming a Facilitator for The "ASK" 
Workshop. Session Leaders for the T4F interact with candidates over the course of three days, 
evaluating candidate performance and suitability based on objective criteria. Most candidates 
either successfully complete all requirements at the T4F or are offered support to do so shortly 
afterward, at no additional cost to them. Candidates for whom the role of facilitator of The ‘ASK’ Workshop is not deemed to be a good fit may be invited to help prevent child suicide in other ways. To learn more about the expectations and responsibilities of facilitators please consult with a Regional Leader or contact us at

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Requirements, Expectations, and Learning Goals




Attendance at the T4F does not guarantee that a given candidate will meet all requirements to become a Facilitator for The "ASK" Workshop, which will be assessed on an ongoing basis at the T4F. Below is a summary of the learning objectives and expectations of the T4F:


Candidates attending a Training for Facilitators for The ASK Workshop are expected to participate in discussions and activities including practicing and demonstrating proficiency in front of a group and self-evaluation. They receive coaching support with feedback and are assessed by the Session Leader on the following parameters over the course of the three days:


  • Actively participates in their own learning.

  • Supports the learning of others.

  • Respects and values the perspectives of others.

  • Invites active participation of others.

  • Remains focused on stated learning goals, objectives and related activities.

  • Demonstrates understanding of the content.

  • Offers comments and asks questions that help to clarify content or take learning to a deeper level.

  • Demonstrates respect for and appreciation of diverse cultural contexts, both in terms of the material being presented and the learning experience in the training room.

  • Demonstrates a transition from the perspective of learner to that of facilitator in the following ways:

    • consideration of the impact on the learner of live in-workshop events (planned/unplanned);

    • consideration of learner needs and potential need to adapt to those needs such as through pace, use of examples, support of discussion versus lecture as needed to advance learning;

    • respects and demonstrates fidelity to content, process, format, and order of unfolding as set out in the facilitator guide.

  • Presents in their own words demonstrating understanding and integration of content.

  • Presents clearly, in a thoughtful and engaging manner.


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To learn about the expectations and responsibilities of facilitators of The ASK Workshop following successful completion of the T4F, please consult with a Regional Leader or contact us at

Apply to Attend a Training for Facilitators

If, after you have read and considered the information about the T4F, eligibility criteria, requirements, terms and learning goals, you still wish to participate in a Training for Facilitators, your next step is to download and complete an application form.



Applications will be reviewed and if accepted you will receive an invitation to register for the next available T4F. Please note that attendance at the T4F does not guarantee successful completion of the T4F or that you will succeed in becoming a facilitator of the program. You can read about our evaluation criteria on the T4F application and in the information above.