Title

Suicide postvention in schools: The role of the school counselor

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Summer 2012

Publication Source

Journal of Professional Counseling: Practice, Theory, and Research

Volume

39

Issue

2

Inclusive pages

14-21

Abstract

Many school counselors may encounter the suicide of a student during their careers. In this article, theauthor discusses postvention planning in the event of student suicide. Specifically, the role of the school counselor in responding to school crises, including student suicide, is addressed. Basic statistics on adolescent suicide are presented, suicide postvention in schools is defined, and recommendations for implementation by school counselors are made. An outline of the steps involved in postvention planning and special considerations for managing suicide postvention in schools are provided. Lastly, school counselors are encouraged to design and implement evaluation procedures to determine the effectiveness of postevention planning and share these results as an advocacy effort for increased suicide prevention and postventionawareness

Disciplines

Counselor Education | Education

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