Date of Award
Doctoral Research Paper
Graduate School of Professional Psychology
First Committee Member
Gwen Mitchel, Psy.D.
Second Committee Member
Fernand Lubuguin, Ph.D.
Third Committee Member
Chad Waxman, Psy.D.
Corrections, Suicide, Risk assessment, Cultural competency
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Cultural competence in suicide risk assessment has become a necessity given the demographic diversity in the U.S. corrections population and the increasing rate of suicidal behavior in jails and prisons. With few exceptions, little attention has been paid to the cultural training of both clinicians and security staff, and the development of cultural competencies in this field. This paper will focus exclusively on examining the case for cultural competence when conducting a suicide risk assessment in a correctional setting. The author reviews factors that are key in the education and training of culturally informed jail-based therapists and corrections officers, including best practices for educating correctional officers, who are the first line responders to suicide attempts in corrections settings. These factors include understanding the interpersonal theory of suicide, the cultural model of suicide, and the trauma informed care approach in corrections. The author offers future practice recommendations that are based on well-established cultural competencies in the field of suicidology.
Christianson, Ashley, "Educating and Training the Next Generations of Security Staff in Suicide Risk Assessment in Correctional Settings: Development of Cultural Competencies" (2020). Graduate School of Professional Psychology: Doctoral Papers and Masters Projects. 365.