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The Current Status of Graduate Training in Suicide Risk Assessment

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Correspondence to: Dana Liebling-Boccio, Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, Hy Weinberg Center, Adelphi University, 1 South Avenue, Garden City, NY 11530. E-mail: deliebling@yahoo.com

Abstract

Directors and coordinators (n = 75) of graduate programs in school psychology approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) were surveyed regarding their training practices in suicide risk assessment. Respondents viewed the assessment of suicide risk as an important part of graduate instruction, and most believed that students completing training at their institutions would be adequately prepared to perform this task. Almost all directors indicated that a portion of class lectures was dedicated to addressing child/adolescent suicide risk assessment, and students were reportedly exposed to this topic in multiple courses, particularly those associated with practicum and internship. Students in doctoral and nondoctoral programs received comparable training and were judged to be equally prepared to perform suicide-related professional activities in the schools. Gaps in training were revealed involving instruction in the use of quantitative measures of risk, large-scale suicide prevention efforts, interventions with suicidal youth, and postvention activities.

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