Webinar: Principles of Effective Suicide Care - Evidence-Based Treatments


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Hosted by: The Institute for Family Health

This webinar will focus on why using evidence-based care that focuses on treating suicide directly is essential and will discuss two highly researched models of treatment, Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Frequently encountered obstacles in delivering evidence-based care will also be explored. Finally, an individual with lived experience will describe the improved outcomes she experienced as a result of working with a well-trained clinician.

While talented, dedicated clinicians have made heroic efforts to work with suicidal clients, most behavioral health clinicians have never received any formal training in suicide care and treatment.  Individuals at risk for suicide who seek help from a behavioral health professional should expect to receive care that is research-informed, collaborative, and focuses explicitly on suicide risk.  Research suggests that practitioners who have received formal training in suicide care models have improved confidence, competence, and efficacy.  In a comprehensive Zero Suicide approach, a skilled and savvy workforce that has extensive training in suicide treatment is critical. 

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

  • Explain how using evidence-based approaches to treatment improves outcomes for those at risk for suicide;
  • Recognize the importance of treating suicide symptoms directly;
  • Describe two evidence-based models of suicide care; and
  • Understand the perspective of people with lived experience and how it is impacted by receiving evidence-based care. 


David A. Jobes, PhD, ABPP, is a Professor of Psychology and Associate Director of Clinical Training at The Catholic University of America.  His research and writing in suicide has produced numerous peer reviewed publications, including five books on clinical suicidology.

Marsha Linehan PhD, ABPP, is a Professor of Psychology and of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and is Director of the Behavioral Research and Therapy Clinics at the University of Washington where. Her primary research is in the development and evaluation of evidence-based treatments for high suicide risk, multi-diagnostic and difficult to treat populations with severe mental disorders.

Diana Cortez Yanez is a graduate of a comprehensive DBT program called ACES. She is passionate about working with mental health clinicians and other healthcare providers to improve treatment by sharing her personal experience.

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Date: February 10, 2015
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm


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