Course Description

As the field of suicide prevention matures, it is now growing exponentially. The quality and quantity of suicide research has markedly increased in recent decades. Moreover the "Zero Suicide" movement is a game-changing policy approach designed to improve the clinical standard of care pertaining to suicidal risk across systems of care both large and small. As the field evolves, there is an increasing appreciation of minimal standards of care that include discussion of different versions of stabilization planning, lethal means safety, and the importance of crisis support. Along with these developments, advances in clinical risk assessment--both direct and indirect--continue to evolve. In addition, technology is increasingly being used to study suicide-related attentional-biases and dysregulated states related to suicide and self-harm behaviors. There are suicide-specific clinical treatments that have been proven to work through replicated randomized controlled trials which include Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), two forms of suicide-specific Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (Cognitive Therapy for Suicide Prevention and Brief Cognitive Behavior Therapy), and the Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS). There are also suicide-specific brief interventions (1-3 clinical contacts) with promising data. Innovative new approaches using technology are increasingly being developed to manage and even treat suicidal risk (e.g., the use of ecological momentary analysis or therapeutic avatars). Finally, health care policy and the costs of delivering suicide-specific care increases the prospect of clinical suicidology emphasizing evidence-based, least restrictive, and cost-effective approaches to saving lives from suicide. 

Learning Objectives

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe trends in current suicide research that are impacting changes in clinical practices.
  • Describe the “Zero Suicide” movement. 
  • Use up-to-date information about suicide risk assessment to improve routine clinical practices.


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:

The 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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