Current Status: Innovations in Clinical Assessment and Treatment of Suicidal Risk
Available with English captions and subtitles in Spanish.
David Jobes, PhD, Catholic University of America, presents as part of the 2022 Suicide-Focused Assessment and Treatment: An Update for Professionals course.
Assessing and Treating Suicidal Risk
Various tools exist for assessing, stabilizing, and treating suicidal patients. In this talk, Jobes describes the most effective tools in assessing suicide.
He also discusses proven therapeutic approaches for treating suicidality, and urges clinicians to take suicidal ideation seriously.
Watch now to learn more about:
- Which suicide assessment tools are most effective
- Which therapeutic interventions can prevent suicide
- Why suicidal ideation should be taken more seriously
He emphasizes that clinical care for suicide risk should focus on screening, assessment, stabilization interventions for acute states, and ultimately treatment of suicide risk as a focus of care.
Jobes covers major screening tools for suicide risks, pointing out that the Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS) and the Ask Suicide-Screening Questions (ASQ) are the most robust of the forms.
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“More in-depth assessment of suicidal risk should be emphatic, collaborative, and endeavor to take the patient’s perspective on how and why suicide is compelling to them,” Jobes says.
He describes the importance of using stabilization interventions, such as safety planning interventions, discussing lethal means safety, and providing guidance about using the national Suicide and Crisis Lifeline (988) or the Crisis Text Line (text home to 741741).
According to Jobes, treatment of suicide risk should involve proven interventions, such as dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), cognitive therapy for suicide prevention (CT-SP), brief cognitive behavior therapy (BCBT), and collaborative assessment and management of suicidality (CAMS).
Jobes, who developed CAMS with colleagues, describes the intervention as a therapeutic framework that emphasizes empathy, collaboration, being honest and transparent with the patient, and being suicide focused.