ERIC Number: ED300731
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
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A Training Program To Increase Elementary, Middle School, and Ninth Grade Counselors' Confidence in Suicide Prevention and Suicide Crisis Intervention.
Culp, Wayne L.
A practicum was designed to train school counselors in recognizing the signs of suicide, assessing suicidal ideation, and managing a suicidal crisis. It was also designed to develop in counselors a more definitive idea of their role in a suicidal crisis. The primary goal was to increase counselors' confidence in their ability to assess and intervene appropriately in potential or actual suicidal crises. Six 2-hour workshops on depression, consultation, recognizing the signs of suicide, assessing suicidal ideation, managing a suicidal crisis, drugs and lethality, and legal issues were planned and developed. Three other workshops, designed to fill in any remaining gaps, were also designed, and an evaluation component was developed and administered to workshop participants. Participants were 12 school counselors from one school system who worked with students in elementary and middle schools or with ninth graders in the high school. Analysis of data following the workshops revealed that participants had a more definitive idea of their role in suicide intervention, and that they had increased confidence in their ability to recognize the signs of suicide, to assess suicidal ideation, and to manage a suicidal crisis following workshop participation. All of the counselors attending the workshops indicated that the program had professional value to them and that they would like more programs of this nature. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
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Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University.