ERIC Number: ED241886
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Suicide Intervention Training Program for Telephone Hot-Line Staffs.
Maierle, John Paul
A suicide intervention training program is described which was developed as a three and one half hour presentation to small groups of paraprofessionals or professionals who might serve as telephone hot-line staff members. Theoretical assumptions upon which the program is based are listed in the areas of communication-skills training models, crisis intervention, and suicidal crisis. It is pointed out that the program should not be presented as a complete or comprehensive introduction to suicide. The frame of reference used is that a suicidal gesture is an act of communication. Eight diagrams are included which are to be introduced at various points in the training program. Diagrams one and two present general information about crises, intervention, and different responses to messages. Diagrams three through seven present critical aspects of communication between the potential victim and the helper, important information about the support system of the potential victim, reference to lethality, and the enlistment of aid from others. Diagram eight is to be used during the concluding remarks segment of the program. Two role playing situations are given: (1) each person is given an opportunity to play the caller and then the helper; and (2) one or more persons may role play extensive calls and the group is asked to estimate the lethality of the caller. (EM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Support Staff; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: PF Project
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (91st, Anaheim, CA, August 26-30, 1983).