This study explored the lived experiences of counseling professionals conducting suicide risk assessments for youth kindergarten through 12th grade receiving a suicide risk assessment recommendation. A qualitative phenomenological approach was utilized to capture the perceptions of the participants in this study. Fifteen (15) in depth, semi-structured interviews and a focus group with seven (7) returning participants were the primary sources of data for this study. Five (5) themes emerged: Care, Supervisory Relationship, Challenges, Symptoms of Vicarious Trauma and Transcendent Growth Experiences. Implications for the counseling profession may encompass enhanced organizational development, supervision, training and clinical preparation for counseling professionals providing a vital service to youth and their families.
Counseling professionals, empathy, posttraumatic growth, suicide risk assessment, supervision, and vicarious trauma.
Level of Degree
Individual, Family, and Community Education
First Committee Member (Chair)
Goodrich, Kristopher M.
Second Committee Member
Perry, Christina M.
Third Committee Member
Abassary, Christine. "THE LIVED EXPERIENCES OF COUNSELING PROFESSIONALS CONDUCTING SUICIDE RISK ASSESSMENTS FOR YOUTH: A PHENOMENOLOGICAL APPROACH." (2016). https://digitalrepository.unm.edu/educ_ifce_etds/47