Social Work Education in Suicide Intervention and Prevention: An Unmet Need?
Article first published online: 10 JAN 2011
2006 The American Association for Suicidology
Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior
Volume 36, Issue 4, pages 467–480, August 2006
How to Cite
Feldman, B. N. and Freedenthal, S. (2006), Social Work Education in Suicide Intervention and Prevention: An Unmet Need?. Suicide and Life-Threat Behavi, 36: 467–480. doi: 10.1521/suli.2006.36.4.467
- Issue published online: 10 JAN 2011
- Article first published online: 10 JAN 2011
- Manuscript Received: November 13, 2004 Revision Accepted: November 1, 2005
Research shows that social work graduate programs offer little education in suicide prevention and intervention, yet social workers' experiences and attitudes regarding suicide education are unknown. This Web-based survey of 598 social workers found that almost all respondents had worked with at least one suicidal client, but most received little, if any, training in suicide prevention or intervention while in graduate school. Respondents largely viewed their social work program's training in suicide prevention and intervention as inadequate. Implications for social work education and practice are discussed.