Year: 2013 Source: Journal of Social Work Education.(2011).7(3):607-613.DOI:10.5175/JSWE.2011.200900108 SIEC No: 20130090

Social workers and paraprofessionals serve psychiatric populations at high risk for suicide, but may receive little training related to suicidality. This study evaluated a suicide awareness and prevention training workshop for providers working with mentally ill homeless and previously homeless adults. Trainees attended a half day of training, and completed knowledge posttests and training evaluations. Half the trainees completed knowledge pretests, and those on- site at 21 months completed follow-up knowledge tests. Both professionals and paraprofessionals showed substantially improved knowledge at posttest and follow-up. Trainees also reported high levels of satisfaction with training format and content.