ERIC Number: EJ1085067
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Nov
Expanding Capacity for Suicide Prevention: The ALIVE @ Purdue Train-the-Trainers Program
Wachter Morris, Carrie A.; Taub, Deborah J.; Servaty-Seib, Heather L.; Lee, Ji-Yeon; Miles, Nathan; Werden, Donald; Prieto-Welch, Susan L.
Journal of College Student Development, v56 n8 p861-866 Nov 2015
Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students. One effective strategy for suicide prevention is gatekeeper training. Gatekeeper training has been described as a prevention strategy that improves detection and referral of at-risk individuals. Purdue recognized that only some of the resident assistants (RAs) were receiving this important training, leaving a significant hole in the campus safety net. The capacity of the outreach arm of the campus counseling center needed to be expanded. In partnership with the campus counseling center, they opted to use a "train the trainer" (TTT) model that allowed faculty and clinical experts to train counseling graduate students to provide standardized suicide prevention and outreach on campus. In addition to providing a needed service to the campus in training RAs, counseling students could benefit from learning specific content about crisis and suicide prevention. The ALIVE @ Purdue team trained a total of 12 graduate students to serve as ALIVE @ Purdue Educators. The purpose of this study was to evaluate this innovative method of training counseling students in suicide prevention and outreach programming.
Descriptors: Suicide, College Students, Program Effectiveness, Prevention, At Risk Persons, Training, Resident Advisers, Outreach Programs, Guidance Centers, Counselor Training, Graduate Students, Crisis Intervention, Measures (Individuals), Knowledge Level, Pretests Posttests, Statistical Distributions, Regression (Statistics)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (DHHS/PHS)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Indiana
Grant or Contract Numbers: 1H79SM05782101