Training mental health professionals to assess and manage suicidal behavior: can provider confidence and practice behaviors be altered?

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@article{887405a5295d48f298f26070c93aca0e,
title = "Training mental health professionals to assess and manage suicidal behavior: can provider confidence and practice behaviors be altered?",
abstract = "Remarkably little systematic research has studied the effects of clinical suicidology training on changing practitioner attitudes and behaviors. In the current study we investigated whether training in an empirically-based assessment and treatment approach to suicidal patients administered through a continuing education workshop could meaningfully impact professional practices, clinic policy, clinician confidence, and beliefs posttraining and 6 months later. At the 6 month follow-up we found that 44{\%} of practitioners reported increased confidence in assessing suicide risk, 54{\%} reported increased confidence in managing suicidal patients, 83{\%} reported changing suicide care practices, and 66{\%} reported changing clinic policy. These results suggest that a brief and carefully developed workshop training experience can potentially change provider perceptions and behaviors with a possible impact on clinical care therein.",
keywords = "Attitude of Health Personnel, Education, Continuing, Follow-Up Studies, Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice, Health Personnel, Humans, Mental Health Services, Risk Assessment, Suicide, Surveys and Questionnaires, Journal Article",
author = "Oordt, {Mark S} and Jobes, {David A} and Fonseca, {Vincent P} and Schmidt, {Steven M}",
year = "2009",
month = "2",
language = "English",
volume = "39",
pages = "21--32",
journal = "Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior",
issn = "0363-0234",
publisher = "John Wiley & Sons",
number = "1",

}