Course Description

There is a significant need to improve clinical practices related to care of suicidal patients within contemporary mental health practice. It is argued that there is a general over-reliance on psychotropic medications and the use of inpatient psychiatric hospitalizations for suicidal risk. This reliance is puzzling given the lack of empirical support for these approaches; the evidence supporting the use of psychotropics is mixed and there are recent challenges to the routine use of inpatient care that tends not to be suicide-specific and may increase post-discharge risk. Importantly there are several psychological treatments proven effective in rigorous randomized controlled trials (RCTs). Of the replicated RCTs, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), two forms of suicide-specific Cognitive Behavioral Therapy—Cognitive Therapy for Suicide Prevention (CT-SP) and Brief Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (BCBT)—and the Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS) have shown robust data for effectively treating suicidal risk. Despite the data, these treatments are not widely used. Possible reasons for an inadequate professional response to suicidality may include: (a) countertransference, (b) fear of malpractice litigation, (c) lack of knowledge about suicide risk assessment, and (d) lack of knowledge about effective treatment for suicidal risk. CAMS is discussed as a possible remedy for these professional and clinical issues.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • List empirically supported treatments for suicidal patients.
  •  Describe some downfalls of contemporary care for suicidal patients.
  •  Describe challenges associated with dissemination and implementation of Evidence Based Practices (EBPs) for treating suicidal patients.
  • Determine whether/how best to implement CAMS in your clinical setting.


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. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. 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, and Veterans Affairs. Dr. Jobes is member of the Scientific Council and the Public Policy Council of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP).  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, consulting, and forensic practice in Washington DC.

Continuing Education:

Evidence-Based Practice Institute (EBPI) is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education for psychologists. EBPI maintains responsibility for the program and its content. EBPI has allocated 1 hour of continuing education within APA guidelines for this course. After attending the webinar, a CE certificate will be emailed to the attendee.

EBPI has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6898. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. EBPI is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. EBPI has allocated 1 CE Hour for this course. After attending the webinar, a CE certificate will be emailed to the attendee.

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