Social work education in suicide intervention and prevention: an unmet need

UMMS Affiliation

Department of Psychiatry

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Adult; Aged; Crisis Intervention; Data Collection; Education, Graduate; Female; Humans; Male; Middle Aged; Social Work; Suicide; United States


Health Services Research | Mental and Social Health | Psychiatric and Mental Health | Psychiatry | Psychiatry and Psychology


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.

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Citation: Suicide Life Threat Behav. 2006 Aug;36(4):467-80. Link to article on publisher's site

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Suicide and life-threatening behavior


At the time of publication, Barry Feldman was not yet affiliated with the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Related Resources

Link to Article in PubMed