CAST (Coping and Support Training)

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Overview

Coping and Support Training (CAST) is a high school-based suicide prevention program that targets young people ages 14-18 in grades 9-12. It is intended to be used as a follow‐up intervention for youth identified as at‐risk for suicide by screening and assessment programs. CAST is a small group skills training intervention designed to enhance personal competencies and social support resources. The CAST program goals are to decrease: suicide risk and emotional distress, drug involvement, and school problems.

CAST involves twelve, 1-hour sessions incorporating skills training activities within the context of adult and peer support. CAST sessions are 55 minutes in length, fast-paced, interactive, and incorporate many different learning styles. Groups meet twice a week for six weeks on a rotating basis through the students’ school schedule. Close communication is maintained between the CAST Leader and the group members’ teachers in order for students not to fall behind in their classes and to encourage school staff to positively reinforce progress and growth in the CAST skills areas. CAST is delivered by trained, experienced, master’s-level high school teachers, counselors, or nurses.

CAST was evaluated in a randomized controlled trial along with C-CARE (Counselors Care, Assess, Respond, Empower), a selected program that identifies high-risk youth through an in-depth, computer-assisted suicide assessment interview and a subsequent motivational counseling intervention. Together with C-CARE, CAST was found to have a positive impact on attitudes toward suicide and in suicide ideation and in reducing depression and hopelessness.

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