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ERIC Number: EJ837123
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
ISSN: ISSN-0884-1233
Preparing for the Inevitable: Training Social Workers to Cope with Client Suicide
Sanders, Sara; Jacobson, Jodi M.; Ting, Laura
Journal of Teaching in Social Work, v28 n1-2 p1-18 May 2008
Little attention has been given to educating and training social work students and professionals about working with suicidal clients. This article summarizes the literature on client suicide and the professional social worker, as well as presents results from a mixed methods study, which utilized both qualitative and quantitative data collected from a national study on client suicide among social workers. The results indicate that 55% of social workers will experience at least one client suicide attempt and 31% will experience a client suicide completion during the course of their career. Additionally, less than 50% of the social workers surveyed received previous training or education about client suicide in their MSW programs. Suggestions from social workers for the content of training classes on client suicide are included. Implications for practice and research are also discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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