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

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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.


Externa organisationer
  • U.S. Air Force


Sidor (från-till)21-32
Antal sidor12
TidskriftSuicide and Life-Threatening Behavior
Utgåva nummer1
StatusPublished - 2009 feb
Peer review utfördJa
Externt publiceradJa