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Suicide Prevention Training for the Clinical Workforce

1. One of the key steps to prevent and intervene competently with persons at risk of suicide is to ensure a ready and able clinical workforce that is prepared to assess and intervene when necessary.

A. True

B. False


2. Over 90% of State credentialing and licensing boards require specific training in suicide prevention prior to initial licensure or certification.

A. True

B. False


3. What percentage of degree programs preparing professionals for the clinical workforce require specific course work where the content is entirely about suicide prevention?

A. 0%

B. 19%

C. 48%

D. 93%


4. Which of the following rated the highest number of programs that required specific course work entirely focused on suicide prevention?

A. Nursing programs

B. Physician programs

C. Psychologist programs

D. All of the above


5. Selection of a trainer should consider:

A. The individual’s experience in the clinical discipline pertinent to the training.

B. The extensive professional experience with the subject matter.

C. Both (A) and (B).

D. None of the above.


6. Simulations should be appropriate to the profession and may include such activities as:

A. Role-play

B. Risk formulation

C. Treatment plan development

D. All of the above


7. A plan should be in place to respond to situations for which participants have personal or professional experiences with suicide that they may not have previously processed or integrated.

A. True

B. False


8. As relevant to the scope and target audience of the training program, suicide prevention training includes reinforcement of the importance of establishing a therapeutic relationship with an emphasis on:

A. Respect for the rights and dignity of the person at risk.

B. The need to recognize the individual preferences, needs, and activities of the person at risk.

C. The need to establish a compassionate and empathetic relationship that allows for a collaborative approach to intervention, where the person is an active participant in any short- and long-term intervention.

D. All of the above.


9. The long-term care plan should be developed once:

A. The risk assessment is conducted.

B. Ongoing clinical care for suicide risk is established.

C. Both (A) and (B).

D. None of the above.


10. To ensure key stakeholder support for the universal training guidelines, it is vital that the following actions be taken to create the momentum for change to occur in the basic training requirements for suicide assessment and intervention by clinician acknowledgement of the serious gap in training by a minimum of all of the following stakeholder groups, except for:

A. Educational institutions

B. Law enforcement

C. Licensing bodies

D. Professional associations


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