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Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of Master's Level Counseling Students’ Experiences in a Suicide Prevention Course
Counselor Education, MS
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The purpose of this study was to explore Masters level counseling students’ experiences participating in a suicide prevention course and learning how to intervene with clients experiencing suicidal ideation through a one-on-one interview. Themes that emerged from the study include a greater understanding of their responsibility in helping clients. Although participants noted the challenge of working through the subjectivity of conducting suicide risk assessments, our results indicated increased confidence and self-efficacy when working with individuals who are experiencing suicidal thoughts. Other themes that were identified included the need for counselors to seek consultation and continued education. Implications for counselor educators are discussed.