Two members of Hillside’s Practice & Performance Excellence Group (PPEG) are among the co-authors of a recently published article in Children and Youth Services Review, an international, multidisciplinary journal that focuses on disadvantaged or otherwise vulnerable children, young people, families and the systems designed to support them.

The article, “Evaluation of sustainable, blended learning workforce education for suicide prevention in youth services,” was co-authored by Hillside’s Laura Maggiulli, PhD, LMSW, Director of Research and Business Intelligence; and Joan Aiello, Senior Business Intelligence Analyst. Other authors included Sarah Donovan, Pedro Centeno, Sydney John and Anthony Pisani.

The article describes the implementation and evaluation of InPlace Learning, a blended learning workforce education approach for suicide prevention training across 25 programs at Hillside. The purpose of the program evaluation was to evaluate the feasibility of this approach as well as education outcomes for staff, including knowledge, self-efficacy, and transfer of learning. Findings from the evaluation indicate that InPlace Learning is a feasible and acceptable approach to suicide prevention workforce education in youth services with a positive impact on educational outcomes for staff.

Suicide prevention is a key area of focus at Hillside, both in the form of practice and research. Hillside has partnered with leading international organizations dedicated to that focus.

Within Hillside, the PPEG team applies research and analysis to support the development and implementation of evidence-based and best practices at the program level.

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