POSTPONED: NPA Annual Conference – Suicide-specific Risk Assessment and Intervention: Not Business as Usual

Thomas E. Ellis, PsyD, ABPP

05/01/2020 at 8:30 am - 4:45 pm

United Healthcare, Presidents Auditorium
2716 N. Tenaya Way
Las Vegas, NV 89128

6 CE credits

** Our Annual Conference has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and recommendations from the CDC. We are hopeful to reschedule to new date of either Friday, May 29th or, if necessary, we will delay it until Friday, September 4th. Please check back for updates.**

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About the Workshop:

Recent decades have seen significant increases in the U.S. suicide rates, despite concerted efforts to prevent this tragic cause of death. This presentation will provide participants with a broad overview of contemporary suicidology, including current epidemiology, the current state of the science, and hopeful recent developments in clinical care. After this overview, the presentation will narrow to treatment strategies with promising empirical data. Basic principles and strategies of one intervention in particular, the Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS), will be presented in detail.

1. An Overview of Contemporary Suicidology: Not Winning (but There is Some Good News)
2. The Collaborative Mindset: What it is and why it is Essential
3. Suicide Risk Assessment: A Tall Order, but Doable
4. Suicide-specific Interventions: Superior to Usual Care
5. Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS): Basic principles and strategies
6. Questions, Answers and Discussion

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:
1. Describe the current state of suicide in the U.S.
2. Explain why a collaborative mindset is key to working effectively with suicidal individuals.
3. Describe an approach to suicide risk assessment that takes into account the difficulties of predicting low-frequency phenomena.
4. Explain why suicidal patients differ from other patients with mental health disorders and therefore require interventions that address specific vulnerabilities.
5. List three interventions empirically proven more effective than usual care with suicidal patients.
6. Describe fundamentals of the principles and practices of the Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS).


This presentation is intended for psychologists, other licensed mental health providers, and graduate students of psychology. Seating is limited, so register early!

About the Speaker:

Thomas E. Ellis, Psy.D., ABPP, is the Clinical Professor of Psychiatry in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Prior to his retirement in 2017, he served as Senior Psychologist and Director of Psychology at the Menninger Clinic, Houston, Texas. He earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Texas at Austin and his doctorate at Baylor University. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Clinical and Psychotherapy Divisions) and Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology (Cognitive Behavior Therapy). He is a Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and Associate Fellow and Supervisor at the Albert Ellis Institute. His research and publications focus primarily on the problem of suicide, including cognitive characteristics of suicidal individuals and the effectiveness of suicide-specific therapeutic interventions His books include Suicide Risk: Assessment and Response Guidelines (with W. Gremouw and M. DePerczel, 1990), Choosing to Live: How to Defeat Suicide through Cognitive Therapy (with C. Newman 1996), and Cognition and Suicide: Theory, Research, and Practice (2006). He is the 2011 recipient of the Roger J. Tierney Award from the American Association of Suicidology, in recognition of distinguished contributions to the organization and the field of suicidology. Dr. Ellis’ CV

Awards Luncheon and Annual Business Meeting:

Please stay for our Awards luncheon and Annual Business Meeting, lunch is included in your registration fees. We will be introducing our 2020-21 Executive and Regional Board Members, reviewing NPA’s strategic plan over the past year, provide updates about the NPA budget, Legislative Committee and Regional updates. We will then move on to our Awards Presentation and announce the winner of the Student Poster Presentations.

Lunch selections include:
1. Tuscan Turkey Sandwich
2. Caprese Chicken Sandwich
3. Roast Beef & Blue Cheese Sandwich
4. BBQ Chicken Bacon Cheddar Sandwich
5. Turkey, Spinach and Red Pepper Aioli Sandwich
6. Balsamic Roasted Portobello Sandwich
7. Vegan Broccolini and Hummus Wrap
7. Asian Vegetable Salad
8. Gourmet Cobb Salad
9. Mediterranean Vegetable Salad

Download Brochure:

Click here to download brochure, which includes registration form
Fax to (888) 654-0050 (for credit card payment)
Mail with check to: PO Box 400671, Las Vegas, NV 89140

General Information:

Handout Materials

A link to download handout materials electronically will be sent out by email to all registered attendees no later than one week prior to workshop date. Printed handout materials are available upon request for a small fee. Requests should be submitted by email to our Executive Director, Wendi O’Connor at no later than April 24th, 2020 and can be paid for and collected during registration on May 1st, 2020 from 8:00am – 8:30am.

Workshop Location

The workshop will be held at Optum, in the Chairman’s Auditorium, located at 2716 N. Tenaya Way, Las Vegas, NV 89128. Click here to view map. Parking is available in the far surface lot, the Visitors lot, or in the parking garage ONLY 3 floors and above. Floors 1 and 2 are reserved parking, violators will be towed.

Hotel Suggestions

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All attendees will be required to sign-in at security desk, will be escorted by security to the Auditorium, and must wear a visitor badge at all times while in the building. You will be required to sign back in after lunch as well.

Refunds & Grievance Policies

Participants may direct questions or complaints to NPA to 888-654-0050. An administrative fee of $30 will be charged for cancellation of registration. Please note, no refunds will be granted after 04/17/2020.


Nevada Psychological Association (NPA) is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. NPA maintains responsibility for the program and its content. NPA will issue certificates of completion. APA CE rules require that we only issue CE credits to those with documented attendance who attend the entire workshop. We monitor attendance strictly. Those arriving more than 15 minutes late or leaving before the entire workshop is completed will not receive CE credits.


        1. Ellis, T.E. (2004). Collaboration and a self-help orientation in therapy with suicidal clients. Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy, 34, 41-57. DOI: 10.1023/B:JOCP.0000010912.99125.6a
        2. Ellis, T.E., & Rutherford, B. (2008). Cognition and suicide: Two decades of progress. International Journal of Cognitive Therapy, 1, 47-68. doi: 10.1521/ijct.2008.1.1.47
        3. Ellis, T.E. (2017). Recognizing and addressing unique vulnerabilities of suicidal patients: Suicide research at the Menninger Clinic. Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic, 81, 39-52.
        4. Ellis, T.E., Rufino, K.A., & Allen, J.G. (2017). A controlled comparison trial of the Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS) in an inpatient setting: Outcomes at discharge and six-month follow-up. Psychiatry Research, 249, 252–260.
        5. Ellis, T.E., Schwartz, J.A.J., & Rufino, K.A. (2018). Negative reactions of therapists working with suicidal patients: A CBT/mindfulness perspective on “countertransference.” International Journal of Cognitive Therapy, 11,
        6. Jobes, D.A. (2016). Managing suicidal risk: A collaborative approach (2nd ed.). New York: Guilford.
        7. Curtin, S. C., Warner, M. D., & Hedegaard, H. (2016). Increase in Suicide in the United States, 1999 – 2014. National Center for Health Statistics.

Additional Information

NPA will provide accommodations for person with special needs, when notified at the time of registration and at least one week prior to workshop. Please email us at ADMIN@NVPSYCHOLOGY.ORG

There is no potential conflict of interest and/or commercial support for this program or its presenter.

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