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David Jobes, Ph.D., ABPP

David A. Jobes, PhD, ABPP, is a professor of psychology, director of the suicide prevention laboratory, and associate director of clinical training at The Catholic University of America. Dr. Jobes is also an adjunct professor of psychiatry, School of Medicine, at Uniformed Services University. He has published six books and numerous peer-reviewed journal articles.

Dr. Jobes is a past president of the American Association of Suicidology (AAS) and he is the recipient of various awards for his scientific work including the 1995 AAS Shneidman award (early career contribution to suicidology), the 2012 AAS Dublin award (for career contributions in suicidology), and the 2016 AAS Linehan award (for suicide treatment research). He has been a consultant to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Institute of Mental Health, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Defense, Veterans Affairs, and he now serves as a "highly qualified expert" to the US Army's intelligence and security command.

Dr. Jobes is a board member of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and serves on AFSP's Scientific Council and the Public Policy Council. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and is board certified in clinical psychology (American Board of Professional Psychology). Dr. Jobes maintains a private clinical and consulting practice in Washington, DC.
David Jobes, Ph.D., ABPP

Programs Featuring David Jobes, Ph.D., ABPP

Suicide Risk Assessment in Youth and Young Adults
It was well known that many examples of youth-perpetrated catastrophic violence were carried out by highly disturbed young men who were fundamentally suicidal. In many such cases, the suicidal risk of youth perpetrators is well known to parents, teachers, administrators, law enforcement personnel, and mental health professionals, yet tragic outcomes still occur. This presentation will offer practical information on the assessment of suicide risk, the interplay between suicidal and homicidal behaviors and a full range of intervention strategies suitable to a variety of settings. Using a lively case example approach, this presentation will provide critical information about how suicidal youth think, feel, and behave. Contemporary issues such as the influence of media, the role of internet, and peer influences will also be considered. Bottom-line, this training will enable participants to better recognize who is at risk for suicide and what can realistically be done to intervene and save lives.

Assessing, Managing, and Treating Suicidal Risk

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death and 12,000,000 adult Americans struggle with serious suicidal thoughts each year. Yet, problematically, many mental health clinicians are not sufficiently trained to work with patients who are suicidal. This often results an over-reliance on medications or brief inpatient admissions, neither of which has proven effective in decreasing suicidal ideation and/or behaviors. Fortunately, there are many recent innovations in the assessment and treatment of suicidal risk with evidence-based approaches that enable providers to work effectively with suicide risk on an outpatient basis using suicide-focused care. This presentation will highlight new models of understanding suicidal risk, innovations in clinical assessment, management of acute risk, and the effective treatment of suicidal risk. Using such approaches decreases exposure to malpractice liability and ensures ethical and competent treatment of this major public and mental health concern.