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Crisis. 2012 Jan 1;33(1):30-8. doi: 10.1027/0227-5910/a000099.

Evaluation of the Commitment to Living (CTL) curriculum: a 3-hour training for mental health professionals to address suicide risk.

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University of Rochester Medical Center, <location>Rochester, NY, USA</location>

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Finding effective and efficient options for training mental health professionals to assess and manage suicide risk is a high priority.

AIMS:

To test whether an innovative, brief workshop can improve provider knowledge, confidence, and written risk assessment in a multidisciplinary sample of ambulatory and acute services professionals and trainees.

METHODS:

We conducted a pre/post evaluation of a 3 h workshop designed to improve clinical competence in suicide risk assessment by using visual concept mapping, medical records documentation, and site-specific crisis response options. Participants (N = 338 diverse mental health professionals) completed pre- and postworkshop questionnaires measuring their knowledge and confidence. Before and after the workshop, participants completed documentation for a clinical vignette. Trained coders rated the quality of risk assessment formulation before and after training.

RESULTS:

Participants' knowledge, confidence, and objectively-rated documentation skills improved significantly (p < .001), with large effect sizes. Participants' expectation of their ability to transfer workshop content to their clinical practice was high (mean = 4.10 on 1-5 scale).

CONCLUSIONS:

Commitment to Living is a promising, innovative, and efficient curriculum for educating practicing clinicians to assess and respond to suicide risk. Well-designed, brief, suicide risk management programs can improve clinicians' knowledge, confidence, and skill.

PMID:
21940243
PMCID:
PMC3529124
DOI:
10.1027/0227-5910/a000099
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