CO 540 Video Presentation

CO 540 Video Presentation

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  • Brittany Jordan CO 540
  • Suicide Prevention and Imminent Danger
  • Risk of suicide "increases every year as children age" (Pirruccello, 2010). Suicide is the 2nd/3rd leading cause of death among adolescents (Popenhagen and Qualley, 1998). Gay and lesbian populations have a suicide rate 2-6x higher (P & Q, 1998). Boys are 4x higher to commit suicide than girls (Pirruccello, 2010).
  • If parents wish a student to be withdrawn from counseling, counselors and the school are not liable as long as the student is not left alone until a parent/guardian can be with them. Parents should be notified: 1) if the school is planning to implement a suicide prevention plan that will educate students and 2) if their student is indicating suicidal thoughts
  • Introduction to Topic- name/date/topic
  • "No kill" contracts tend to help students NOT follow through with suicidal thoughts (P&Q, 1998) Counselors receive training in suicide prevention, but "only one in five reported working in a school that had formed a suicide prevention or intervention program" (King, Price, Telljohann, and Wahl, 2000).  Education is key.  Counselors can educate others about the various myths and beliefs about suicide (King et al, 2000). Training students to help identify at risk peers Community involvement/awareness; student leaders provided help line cards (P, 2010). Using mock scenarios or role playing can help provide counselors with "experience" in learning more about adolescent suicide and how to cope with those sitations (King & Smith, 2000). Social media and TV part of the problem?
  • Background of Suicide/Imminent Danger in Schools   
  • Different perspective from different area of the country Seasoned counselors can refresh basic ideas on suicide prevention/imminent dangers Learn updated statistics
  • Legality/Ethics
  • Mark P., P., & Roxanne M., Q. (1998). Adolescent Suicide: Detection, Intervention, and Prevention. Professional School Counseling, (4), 30. Keith A., K., James H., P., Susan K., T., & Jeffrey, W. (2000). Preventing Adolescent Suicide: Do High School Counselors Know the Risk Factors?. Professional School Counseling, (4), 255. Pirruccello, L. (2010). Preventing adolescent suicide: a community takes action. Journal Of Psychosocial Nursing & Mental Health Services, 48(5), 34-41. doi:10.3928/02793695-20100303-01 King, K. A., & Smith, J. (2000). Project SOAR: a training program to increase school counselors' knowledge and confidence regarding suicide prevention and intervention. Journal Of School Health, 70(10), 402-407.
  • How will school counselors/counseling effectively address theses issues as children continue to evolve?
  • Benefits from this video
  • Conclusion/APA
  • Steps for helping a suicidal individual: 1) actively listen to the student, 2) remain with the student until with a parent/guardian, 3) don't promise not to tell (King et al, 2000).
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