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New law to require suicide prevention training for psychologists

Original post made on Sep 6, 2017

California has become the seventh state in the country to require that all licensed psychologists be trained in suicide risk assessment and intervention.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, September 6, 2017, 10:51 AM

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Posted by Sarah1000
a resident of Los Altos
on Sep 6, 2017 at 3:27 pm

Sarah1000 is a registered user.

Thank you so much, Vic, for all your work on this law. What a great accomplishment that will save the lives of so many Californians!

Posted by Not needed
a resident of College Terrace
on Sep 7, 2017 at 1:22 pm

This law was strongly opposed by the California Psychological Association on the grounds that psychologists (and why just psychologists, why not social workers, or all physicians for that matter who have a much higher percentage of contact with suicidal individuals than the relatively small number of psychologists??) have 4-5 years of graduate training and two years of supervised experience that typically includes hundreds of hours of training and contact with suicidal individuals. Being trained to work with suicidal individuals is a core element of all training for licensed psychologist and has been for years and adding 6 hours of "new" training is likely going to do little to further provide care and safety (and for some psychologists, it will be taking time away from actually helping suicidal individuals that they are already trained to help).

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