The global COVID-19 pandemic has touched every aspect of human life. It has exacerbated how students continue to learn during a global health crisis. Specifically, training students to address mental health challenges (i.e., suicide assessments) during and post-COVID-19 is of the utmost importance. Previous research shows higher education institutions' responses to adjusting to previous world health crises, yet little is known about social work programs pivoting to technology-based training to educate BSW and MSW students to continue serving vulnerable populations in their field practicum during COVID-19. In this study, using the competencies attainment survey, the researchers at an east coast institution explored the confidence levels of social work students' technology-based training on suicide risk assessments and comfort with using artificial intelligence technology. The results showed a statistically significant increase in students’ reports of increased self-confidence in their skills to conduct suicide risk assessments and self-confidence in the use of technology. The discussion includes implications for social work education.



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