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Fourth Friday Research Talks, February 2020

February 28 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm MST

Fourth Friday Research Talks

Join College of Education faculty and doctoral students every fourth Friday of the month to learn about current research and provide feedback. The Research Talks are collaborative, informal, and intended to be a place to share ideas. Everyone is welcome!

February 2020 talks:

Counseling Students’ Experiences Learning How to Assess Youth Suicide Risk

Laura Gallo and Raissa Miller

Assessing clients with suicidal ideation is a common and sometimes anxiety-provoking practice for fledgling counselors. Yet, suicide rates continue to rise in the U.S. resulting in a dire need for counselors to be prepared to work with this clientele. This study is an exploration of Master’s level counseling students’ experiences participating in a suicide prevention course and learning how to intervene with clients experiencing suicidal ideation. An interpretative phenomenological analysis was used to understand participants’ experiences. Four superordinate themes emerged from the data: (1) perspectives on counselors’ role (2) coming to terms with the complexity of suicide; (3) emerging self-efficacy; and (4) the influence of an interactive learning community. In addition, ten subordinate themes emerged from the data. Implications for counselor educators and supervisors in how to incorporate suicide content into coursework, address the complexity of suicide assessment, and prepare for potential emotional reactions from students are provided.

Developing Digital Literacy Skills in Special Education: The Evolution of a Design and Development Study

Michael Humphrey and Patrick Lowenthal

Students need basic digital literacies to complete a college or job application today. As a result, educators now have a new responsibility to develop all students’ digital literacies. In this session, we will describe a digital literacy online training program we developed for students with disabilities, discuss our design and development approach given the intended audience, report on a series of design experiments, and conclude by describing how the project evolved over time.