Developing a suicide prevention program at a military treatment facility

by Miller, Kevin Patrick, Psy.D., MASSACHUSETTS SCHOOL OF PROFESSIONAL PSYCHOLOGY, 2010, 147 pages; 3426986

Abstract:

The purpose of this study was to develop a suicide prevention program for a military treatment facility (MTF) with particular emphasis on prioritizing, designing, and implementing the initial stages of such a program. More specifically, research regarding the magnitude and epidemiology of suicide in the military, as well as relevant literature with civilian populations, was reviewed to identify the scope of the problem and the most crucial first steps in implementing an MTF suicide prevention program.

My methodology included integrating available empirical data with political as well as regulatory pressures. Furthermore, civilian and military standards of care were referenced and utilized to assure a clinically and ethically-responsible program design. In addition, the pragmatic needs and limitations of the affected parties were accounted for in the effort to develop a program that is feasible and contributes to not only improvement in the quality of care but in the efficiency of affected clinics’ functioning.

An integrative, dynamic suicide prevention assessment strategy was developed for the National Naval Medical Center’s (NNMC) Primary Care clinics. Feedback from Primary Care Providers and collaborating Behavioral Health personnel has been generally positive.

AdviserEdward DeVos
SchoolMASSACHUSETTS SCHOOL OF PROFESSIONAL PSYCHOLOGY
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsClinical psychology; Military studies
Publication Number3426986

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