Dissemination of the safety planning intervention (SPI) to university counseling center clinicians to reduce suicide risk among college students


Kate L Stewart, Ellen V Darling, Shirley Yen, Barbara Stanley, Gregory K Brown, Lauren M Weinstock.


Suicide risk on college campuses remains a pervasive problem. Structural deficits in current clinical care models often result in sub-optimal treatment for suicidal students. This study reports on the feasibility, acceptability, and utility of the Safety Planning Intervention (SPI), a brief, empirically validated, clinician-administered suicide prevention intervention, in a university counseling center (UCC) setting. A group of 12 university counseling center direct service staff completed a 2-hour training in SPI. Participants reported on suicide intervention practices, training needs, and confidence at baseline and 10 weeks post-training. Acceptability, utility, and frequency of SPI use were assessed at follow-up. All clinical staff attended the training and found it useful, reporting that confidence in managing suicide risk increased as a result. Two-thirds of staff implemented SPI least once. Results suggest that SPI is a feasible, acceptable, and useful suicide intervention tool for UCCs. JEUNE-ADULTE ÉTUDIANT-UNIVERSITAIRE INTERVENTION PRÉVENTION COUNSELING MILIEU-SCOLAIRE FORMATION

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