Managing Suicidal Risk, First Edition: A Collaborative Approach

Managing Suicidal Risk, First Edition: A Collaborative Approach

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781593853273
Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date: 08/09/2006
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 222
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.50(h) x (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.

Table of Contents

1. Contemporary Clinical Challenges and the Need for the Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS)
2. A Review of the Suicide Status Form and the Origin of CAMS
3. The Early Identification of Suicide Risk
4. CAMS Risk Assessment: The Collaborative Use of the SSF
5. CAMS Treatment Planning: Coauthoring the Outpatient Treatment Plan
6. CAMS Suicide Status Tracking: Assessment and Treatment Plan Updates
7. Suicide Status Outcomes: The Completion of CAMS
8. CAMS as a Means of Decreasing Malpractice Liability
9. Future Developments: Using CAMS across Settings and Future Research
A. The Suicide Status Form-III (SSF-III): Assessment, Treatment Planning, Tracking, and Outcome Forms
B. Coding Manual for the SSF Likert Scales: Qualitative Assessment
C. Coding Manual for SSF Reasons for Living versus Reasons for Dying
D. Coding Manual for the SSF One-Thing Response
E. Frequently Asked Questions about CAMS
F. Complete CAMS Case Example


Helping professionals from a range of backgrounds, including clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, psychiatric nurses, family therapists, and pastoral counselors; also of interest to graduate students and trainees.

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