Managing Suicidal Risk

A Collaborative Approach

About the Course:

This clinical manual offers essential tools and guidance for therapists of any orientation faced with the complex challenges of assessing and treating a suicidal patient. In a large, ready-to-photocopy format, the book provides step-by-step instructions and reproducible forms for evaluating suicidal risk, developing a suicide-specific outpatient treatment plan, and tracking clinical progress and outcomes using documentation that can help to reduce the risk of malpractice liability. In addition to providing a flexible structure for assessment and intervention, The Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS) approach is designed to strengthen the therapeutic alliance and increase patient motivation. Highly readable and user friendly, the volume builds on 15 years of empirically oriented clinical research.

Journal/Publisher:

Guilford

Publication Date:

Paperback © 2006

Author

David A. Jobes, Ph.D.

About the Author:

David A. Jobes, PhD, is a Professor of Psychology at The Catholic University of America, where he is also the Codirector of Clinical Training of the PhD clinical psychology program. With research interests in suicidology, he has published extensively in the field and routinely conducts professional training in clinical suicidology. Dr. Jobes is a consultant to the U.S. Air Force Suicide Prevention Program and is a clinical consultant to the Psychology Service of the Washington, DC, Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He has served as a consultant to various Washington, DC, area counseling centers, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Jobes is Associate Editor for the journal Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior. He is a past president, treasurer, and board member of the American Association of Suicidology (AAS) and is a recipient of the AAS Edwin S. Shneidman Award in recognition of early career contributions to suicidology. 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.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially psychologists, counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about suicide risk assessment and prevention. It is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Describe the current state of suicide risk assessment.

  2. Explain the philosophy of the Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS), and explain how it differs from traditional methods of managing suicide risk.

  3. Use the Suicide Status Form (SSF) to assess suicide risk, develop a suicide-specific treatment plan, clinically track and document ongoing suicide risk, and determine clinical outcomes once suicidality is resolved.

  4. Describe a process for the early identification of suicide risk.

  5. Discuss both conceptual aspects and concrete procedural steps pertaining to the CAMS approach to suicide risk assessment.

  6. Describe the process for coauthoring, with the patient, a suicide-specific, time-limited treatment plan, using the CAMS approach.

  7. Identify and clinically “track” a suicidal case over the course of clinical care, using the CAMS system.

  8. Describe the range of suicide status tracking outcomes and how the CAMS approach can be brought to a sensible clinical close.

  9. Describe steps clinicians can take to limit malpractice liablity.

  10. Describe a variety of possible future developments related to CAMS both in terms of its application across various settings and in relation to empirical research.

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