ERIC Number: EJ1103559
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
A Pilot Test of a Graduate Course in Suicide Theory, Risk Assessment, and Management
Cramer, Robert J.; Bryson, Claire N.; Stroud, Caroline H.; Ridge, Brittany E.
Teaching of Psychology, v43 n3 p238-242 Jul 2016
The present discussion outlines the design and initial implementation of a semester-long graduate course in suicide theory, risk assessment, and management. While the structure of the course is adaptable in light of various considerations (e.g., targeted group of students and availability of resources), we review suicide risk assessment core competencies and course structure and provide sample evidence-based applied and interactive assignments. An initial empirical test of the course yielded a number of encouraging findings, including increased factual knowledge concerning suicide risk assessment and management, and improved objectively assessed student accuracy in estimating chronic and acute suicide risk in response to a mock case vignette. We offer suggested next steps for modification and testing of the course in undergraduate and graduate training contexts.
Descriptors: Suicide, Theories, Risk Assessment, Risk Management, Graduate Study, Graduate Students, Vignettes, Likert Scales, Surveys, Questionnaires, Program Effectiveness, Pretests Posttests
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