PROVEN SUICIDE ASSESSMENT & TREATMENT

CAMS is first and foremost a clinical philosophy of care. Developed 30 years ago, it is a therapeutic framework for suicide-specific assessment and treatment of a patient’s suicidal risk. Multiple clinical trials in the U.S. and internationally have proven the effectiveness of CAMS. It is a flexible approach that can be used across theoretical orientations and disciplines for a wide range of suicidal patients across treatment settings and modalities.

DAVID A. JOBES, PH.D., ABPP

Dr. David Jobes, the creator and developer of CAMS, is the Director of the Suicide Prevention Laboratory at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. An internationally recognized suicidologist with research and clinical experience for over thirty years, Dr. Jobes has produced more than 100 peer-reviewed publications including six books.

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CAMS BOOK

Managing Suicidal Risk, A Collaborative Approach, 2nd Edition is the foundation of training in CAMS. This extensively revised edition incorporates a decade’s worth of clinical research of this proven therapeutic framework, with innovative approaches to suicidal risk, an in-depth case example, and reproducible tools for implementing CAMS.

With over 7,000 copies sold in the first year of publication, this book is an invaluable resource and may be purchased at Guilford Press Publishing.

LEARN CAMS ONLINE

Online Video Course for Individuals & Groups

Learn CAMS from Dr. Jobes in this engaging 3 hour Online Video Course. Observe the implementation of the CAMS framework with a suicidal patient over the course of treatment from intake through resolution with demonstrations of techniques to reduce risk and identify and treat direct and indirect drivers of suicide. CEUs are available for psychologists, social workers and counselors.

 

THE EVIDENCE BASE FOR CAMS

 

Clinical research began 30 years ago by Dr. David Jobes led to the development of CAMS. Since that time, 3 Randomized Controlled Trials (RCT's) have been published proving its effectiveness for treating suicidal risk. Additional supportive RCT data from 2 unpublished RCT's in the US and abroad and 2 on-going RCT's are presently being conducted in Seattle, Washington and in Germany with other RCT's in the planning stages. Eight published correlational/open clinical trials of CAMS in real-world clinics and hospitals around the world provide further support for the efficacy of CAMS.

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Implementing and Using CAMS

CAMS is a therapeutic framework for suicide-specific assessment and treatment of a patient’s suicidal risk. The CAMS flexible approach makes it effective across theoretical orientations and disciplines for a wide range of suicidal patients in a range of treatment settings and treatment modalities.

Individuals

Learn CAMS from the source. Our recommended learning path for individuals is designed to increase your confidence in treatment of suicidal patients. Start with the CAMS book, take the CAMS Online Video Course and contact us for individual case consultation.

GROUPS

Learn CAMS from the source. CAMS trainings for groups incorporates the 4 components of CAMS Foundational Training: CAMS Book, CAMS Online Video Course, On-site Role Play Training and CAMS Consultation Calls. We work closely with groups to develop a flexible approach to meet your goals.

APPLICATIONS OF CAMS

 

CAMS is a flexible approach that can be used across theoretical orientations and disciplines for a wide range of suicidal patients across treatment settings and different treatment modalities.

ZERO SUICIDE INITIATIVES

CAMS is Zero-Suicide friendly and has been integrated into many Zero Suicide initiatives in the United States and abroad (e.g., Australia). Because of its flexibility, CAMS can be readily adapted into a range of healthcare settings to meet the Zero Suicide sub-goal of treating suicide directly.

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GRANT APPLICATIONS

CAMS-care has experience working with funding agencies and we can help in the preparation of a grant or contract proposal and assist in collecting data relevant to the needs of the funding agency.

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CLINICS & HOSPITALS

CAMS has been used extensively within inpatient settings and as a brief intervention within psychiatric consultation-liaison services.

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STATE & LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS

In recent years CAMS has been systematically rolled-out as part of state-level suicide prevention efforts. We have trained thousands of providers across different systems of care and different mental health care disciplines.

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MILITARY & VETERANS

CAMS has been successfully trained to providers who work in Military Treatment Facilities across services branches in over 30 installations across the U.S. CAMS has been similarly trained in over 20 VA Medical Centers and outpatient settings over the past 15 years.

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SOVEREIGN NATIONS & TRIBES

CAMS has been successfully trained within sovereign nations and clinicians working with Native American tribes. CAMS can readily accommodate traditional medicine, ritual, and culturally-sensitive interventions to treat patient-defined suicidal drivers.

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