Perfectionism's Role in Suicide Intervention Competency

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 9
  • Skill Level: Introduction
  • Session 6: Recent Developments in Assessment and Research

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. discuss the influence of perfectionism on general therapeutic abilities and specifically in suicide intervention skills.
  2. implement at least three appropriate suicide intervention techniques.
  3. collaborate with clients to create comprehensive safety plans.


While research has demonstrated the negative impact of clinician perfectionism on general therapeutic abilities, no current research exists on perfectionism’s role in suicide intervention skills. The current presentation provides an overview of a study that analyzes the impact of perfectionism on the acquisition of suicide intervention skills in first-year graduate students. Recommendations for graduate education and ongoing professional development regarding best practices in suicide intervention skills will be discussed.



Melody A. Schmaltz, Nova Southeastern University
Madison K. Strauss, Nova Southeastern University
Ivanna Juliusburger, Nova Southeastern University
Corin L. Osborn, Nova Southeastern University


Natalia M. Ramirez, Maria Elena Barroso Cue, Pamela Hirsh, Gene R. Cash


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