Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision

Document Type



suicide, counselors-in-training, suicide prevention, self-efficacy, suicide assessment, adolescents

Subject Area

Counselor Education


Adolescent suicide rates continue to rise within the United States. This study evaluated a Youth Suicide Prevention course in a Master’s in Counseling Program. Participants reported increases in knowledge and perceived ability to help suicidal clients post-training and in suicide prevention skills and suicide assessment and intervention self-efficacy at the 3-month follow-up. Implications for counselor education programs, such as using both experiential and didactic teaching methods, as well as timing suicide training before practicum, are discussed.



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