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date: 15 April 2021

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Abstract The purpose of this chapter is to provide a critical analysis of the status of suicide prevention in the United States and as an area of attention in counseling psychology. Following our analysis of prevention from universal and selected levels, we identify some of the major obstacles to effective prevention efforts and present an argument for a greater need for involvement from counseling psychologists. Identified areas of counseling psychology expertise that can be brought to bear on suicide prevention activities include theory development, application of diverse methodologies in research, psychometrics, and the field’s strength-based philosophy and emerging attention to the importance of fostering resilient communities.

Keywords: suicide, prevention, theory, research methods, psychometrics, strength-based

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