Individual, Family, and Community Education ETDs

Author

Neil Rigsbee

Publication Date

9-1-2015

Abstract

This dissertation examines the empirical literature regarding assessment and intervention of suicide, specifically regarding training counseling students to assess and intervene with potentially suicidal individuals. The author developed an online suicide assessment and intervention training module to train counseling students how to assess and intervene with suicidal clients. The author examined the effectiveness of the training module using an experimental randomized controlled pre-post design. Participants were assessed on their suicide intervention skills using the Suicide Intervention Response Inventory-2 (Neimeyer & Bonnelle, 1997), and suicide assessment abilities, abilities to determine level of suicide risk, and abilities to determine appropriate clinical actions using the Suicide Assessment Checklist (Rogers & Alexander, 1994). Results partially supported for the effectiveness of this method for improving participants suicide intervention skills. Results indicated a modest improvement in posttest scores in suicide intervention skills, but not more so than the control. Results were inconclusive for the effectiveness of this method for improving participants abilities for assessment, determining level of risk, and determining clinical action.

Keywords

suicide, assessment, intervention, training, counselor education

Document Type

Dissertation

Language

English

Degree Name

Counselor Education

Level of Degree

Doctoral

Department Name

Individual, Family, and Community Education

First Advisor

Goodrich, Kristopher

First Committee Member (Chair)

Lemberger-Truelove, Matthew

Second Committee Member

Jones, Martin

Third Committee Member

Krebs, Marjori

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