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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., ABPPDavid A. Jobes, Ph.D., ABPP, is a Professor of Psychology and Co-Director of Clinical Training at The Catholic University of America. His research and writing in suicide has produced numerous publications including, Adolescent Suicide: Assessment and Intervention (2nd Edition), 2006 and Managing Suicidal Risk: A Collaborative Approach, 2006. As an internationally recognized suicidologist, Dr. Jobes has spoken to a broad range of audiences, is frequently interviewed in the media, and has testified before congress on the topic of youth suicide. He is a past President of the American Association of Suicidology and received that organization's 1995 "Edwin Shneidman Award" in recognition of early career contribution to suicide research. As a board certified clinical psychologist (American Board of Professional Psychology), Dr. Jobes maintains a private clinical and forensic practice at the Washington Psychological Center, P.C.