Samaritan Counseling Center

Soul Shop: Ministering to Suicidal Desperation

Soul Shop: Ministering to Suicidal Desperation


What Is Soul Shop™?

Soul Shop is a one-day educational event designed to provide training and support to churches (and other individuals and groups) for preventing suicide and creating a safe, healing environment for desperate people to be heard and helped. Hundreds of people across the nation have participated in Soul Shop training.

At Samaritan, our Soul Shop presenters are licensed therapists who have been trained in nationally acclaimed suicide prevention programs, including ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) as well as the Soul Shop program.

Soul Shop consists of a morning and an afternoon session—including lunch and breaks—and is affordable at a nominal fee (usually $40-$50 per person).

Morning Session: 9-Noon

  • Learn how to talk to people who have been impacted by suicidal thoughts or the suicide of a loved one
  • Explore the incidence of suicide, self-injuries and suicidal thinking

Afternoon Session: 1-3pm

  • How faith communities can address suicidal desperation as a regular aspect of their ministries
  • Explore scriptures, messages and prayers
  • Learn concrete ways of integrating suicide prevention into teaching, training and pastoral care

Who Can Benefit from Soul Shop™?

  • Pastors, Ministry and Youth Leaders
  • Counselors and other Clinicians
  • First Responders
  • Students of Social Work or in Seminary
  • Anyone desiring to gain or enrich his/her skills in helping suicidal persons, especially from a faith perspective

Interested in Soul Shop™ Training?

You can host a Soul Shop event in your community or church. Contact Samaritan at 412-741-7430.


Soul Shop was developed by Russ Crabtree, aka Fe Anam Avis, who had journeyed through suicidal desperation during a dark time in his life. READ MORE.