The Need for Standardized Suicide Prevention and Assessment Education

Young man with hands clasped togetherI’ve been doing some thinking about ACA Conference 2016 and the possibility of presenting a poster discussion. It has struck me that our graduate programs still lack a standardized, required course in suicide assessment, intervention, and┬álegalities/ethical considerations for involuntary hospitalization.

If we think about the goals of counseling, a client’s death is clearly the absolute worst possible outcome. It seems a glaring deficiency in our gatekeeping process that neophyte counselors aren’t required to study theory and technique on the assessment, counsel, and ethical management of a client presenting with suicidal ideation and behavior.

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