Adolescent Girls Who Are Suicidal
For individuals in the U.S. & U.S. territories
In Adolescent Girls Who Are Suicidal, David A. Jobes demonstrates his integrative, problem-solving approach to working with female adolescents who have contemplated or attempted suicide. Suicide attempts by adolescent girls are three times as frequent as those by boys. Most teenage girls with suicidal ideation have identifiable psychological, social, or familial problems that can be helped by careful assessment and treatment, thus eliminating the need for suicide. Dr. Jobes's approach emphasizes building an alliance with the client, attending closely as she talks about her problems and feelings, and inspiring the client's motivation to pursue psychological and behavioral change.
In this session, Dr. Jobes works with a teenage girl who is emotionally hurt and contemplating escape through suicide. Dr. Jobes helps her begin to realize the difference between suicide as a "comforting" fantasy versus a scary and deadly reality.
Dr. Jobes's approach to working with a suicidal youth is integrative and eclectic; the approach tends to be pragmatic with an emphasis on problem-solving. The empirical research is clear that a skill-building, problem-solving approach is most effective with suicidal adolescents. Careful engagement of the parents is also typically very important to clinical success. The therapist should be thoughtful and strategic about forming a clinical alliance with the teenage client by recognizing their defenses and natural wariness of the mental health professional.
Dr. Jobes employs a range of possible treatments in an effort to work in the best interests of the client. His primary focus is forming a viable clinical alliance with the patient and working with the patient's motivation to pursue psychological and behavioral change.
David A. Jobes, PhD, ABPP, is a professor of psychology and codirector of Clinical Training at The Catholic University of America. His research and writing in suicide has produced more than 50 publications (including three books on youth suicide). His new book, Managing Suicidal Risk: A Collaborative Approach, has just been released by Guilford Press.
As an internationally recognized suicidologist with particular expertise in clinical suicidology, Dr. Jobes has spoken to a broad range of audiences and is frequently interviewed in the media on the topic of suicide. He is an associate editor of the journal Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior and is a consulting editor to Archives of Suicidology.
Dr. Jobes is a past president of the American Association of Suicidology and is the recipient of that organization's 1995 Edwin Schneidman Award in recognition of early career contribution to suicide research. As a board-certified clinical psychologist (American Board of Professional Psychologists), Dr. Jobes maintains a private clinical and forensic practice at the Washington Psychological Center, DC.
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