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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.


Workshop Content:
  • Innovations in the assessment and treatment of suicidal risk
  • New models of understanding suicidal risk
  • Management of acute suicidal risk
  • The effective treatment of suicidal risk
  • The Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS) approach to managing suicidal risk

Workshop Objectives:
  • Describe two new innovations in the assessment and treatment of suicidal risk
  • Identify two new models of understanding suicidal risk
  • Describe the standard of practice for the management of acute suicidal risk
  • List the components of effective treatment of suicidal risk
  • Describe the Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS) approach to managing suicidal risk

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.