Suicide Prevention Training in the Child Welfare Workforce: Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practice Patterns Prior to and Following safe TALK Training

Kahsay, E., Magness, C. S., Persky, S., Smith, P. K., & Foster, C. E.

Youth involved in child welfare are at elevated risk for suicide, making child welfare staff an optimal audience for suicide prevention training. This study documents perceived staff needs for suicide prevention resources, explores the immediate impact of safe-TALK training on suicide prevention knowledge and attitudes, and examines practice patterns six months following safeTALK. Results show an increase in perceived knowledge, preparedness, and self-efficacy, and a decrease in reluctance. Identification and referral behaviors significantly increased at follow-up.