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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.

Workshop Content

Assess suicide risk in youth and young adults
The interplay between suicide and homicide
Contemporary issues related to suicidal youth (e.g., peer influences, the media, and the internet)
Effective interventions in a range of settings

Workshop Objectives
Identify the main causes of suicidal ideation in youth
Describe the intervention process with a suicidal youth
List at least five risk factors known to contribute to suicide risk in youth
Demonstrate questions that help in the assessment process
Describe effective interventions to suicidal young people

Presented by

David Jobes, Ph.D., ABPP
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.