Year of Award


Document Type


Degree Type

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Degree Name

Counselor Education and Counseling

Department or School/College

Phyllis J. Washington College of Education

Committee Chair

John Sommers-Flanagan

Commitee Members

Veronica Johnson, Patty Kero, Daniel Lee, Kirsten Murray


Assessment, Education, Intervention, Prevention, Suicide, Training


University of Montana


This study evaluated the effects of a six-hour strength-based suicide assessment and treatment workshop on participants knowledge, feelings of comfort and preparedness, skills and confidence, and self-reported suicide competence. Participants included school and mental health counselors, as well as other professions in related fields who completed one of the three workshops in Billings, Bozeman, or Victor, Montana. Participants completed a pretest before engaging in the six-hour workshop, and then completed a posttest packet immediately following the workshop. Participants were assessed using the SCAF (Cramer et al., 2013), and three unpublished measures: Suicide Knowledge Quiz (SKQ), Suicide Skills Survey (SF-SSS), and workshop reflection tool. This study focused on whether previous training in graduate school or post graduate school predicted higher pretest scores on all measures. This study also evaluated treatment effects by analyzing pretest and posttest scores on all measures. Generally, significance was found across all measures. Conclusions and recommendations for research are provided.



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