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

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Training mental health professionals to assess and manage suicidal behavior : can provider confidence and practice behaviors be altered? / Oordt, Mark S; Jobes, David A; Fonseca, Vincent P; Schmidt, Steven M.

In: Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, Vol. 39, No. 1, 02.2009, p. 21-32.

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T1 - Training mental health professionals to assess and manage suicidal behavior

T2 - can provider confidence and practice behaviors be altered?

AU - Oordt, Mark S

AU - Jobes, David A

AU - Fonseca, Vincent P

AU - Schmidt, Steven M

PY - 2009/2

Y1 - 2009/2

N2 - 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.

AB - 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.

KW - Attitude of Health Personnel

KW - Education, Continuing

KW - Follow-Up Studies

KW - Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice

KW - Health Personnel

KW - Humans

KW - Mental Health Services

KW - Risk Assessment

KW - Suicide

KW - Surveys and Questionnaires

KW - Journal Article

M3 - Article

VL - 39

SP - 21

EP - 32

JO - Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior

JF - Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior

SN - 0363-0234

IS - 1

ER -