Proven Suicide Treatment Training
Learn to use the CAMS Framework® and the Suicide Status Form to treat people with serious thoughts of suicide.
Save lives through effective care
Training & Certification for Mental Health Professionals
Learn through on-demand courses, gain hands-on experience with role-play training and consultation calls, and earn Continuing Education credits through your participation
Suicide Treatment Training Paths
The CAMS Framework® is an evidence-based therapeutic assessment and treatment model that emphasizes collaboration and transparency between therapist and patient. With our training programs, you’ll learn how to use the Suicide Status Form (SSF) as a guide to gather information about your patient’s current experience and suicide risk.
You’ll also learn how to work collaboratively with your patients to devise treatment and stabilization plans that build trust and mutual understanding.
Clinicians who go through CAMS training have:
- Increased confidence in treating suicidal patients
- Improved communication with patients
- Enhanced clinical documentation
- Reduced risk of malpractice
Join us in our mission to save lives and transform suicide care.
Organizations Trained in CAMS
Locate a trained CAMS clinician who can help you, or your loved one, struggling with suicidal thoughts and feelings.
Why CAMS-care is Valuable
The CAMS Framework® is built on a foundation of value, with the goal of enabling individual clinicians and entire organizations to gain knowledge and experience affordably and quickly.
Treatment for the Largest Population of Suicidal People
Cost-Effective Suicide Focused Care
Easy to Learn and Quick to Implement
Enhanced Clinical Documentation, Reducing the Risk of Malpractice
One of the central elements of the CAMS Framework® is having the patient complete portions of the “Suicide Status Form” (SSF) in collaboration with the clinician. The SSF is used in every session, assessing suicide risk, and carefully documenting the patient’s suicide-focused treatment plan. CAMS medical record progress note documentation is collaboratively completed with the patient in the course of each session and can help significantly reduce exposure to malpractice liability. In other words, CAMS facilitates the completion of an exhaustive level of medical record documentation pertaining to suicide-focused assessment, treatment planning, and clinical follow-through thereby decreasing exposure to malpractice liability by ensuring competent clinical practice that far exceeds the standard of care.
Common Language and Reduced Staff Turnover
The CAMS Framework® and the Suicide Status Form provide a uniform approach for clinicians using the protocol allowing cases to be transferred across clinical services without losing patient continuity. This gives groups of clinicians a shared language and a team approach to suicide treatment and prevention potentially leading to less staff turnover and decreasing stress in the work environment.
Implementing and Using CAMS
CAMS is a therapeutic framework for suicide-specific assessment and treatment of a patient’s suicidal risk. The flexible CAMS approach makes it effective across theoretical orientations and disciplines for a wide range of suicidal patients in various treatment settings and treatment modalities.
Application 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 referenced in the Zero-Suicide Toolkit and has been successfully integrated into many Zero Suicide initiatives in the United States and abroad. Because of its flexibility, CAMS can be readily adapted into a range of healthcare settings to meet the Zero Suicide element to TREAT suicidal thoughts and behaviors using evidence-based treatments.
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. We have created a Grants page that exhausted grant writers can literally just cut and paste into your application.
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. We encourage you to read case studies for how Oklahoma, Ohio, Vermont, and other states are using CAMS as their treatment protocol for suicidal patients.
Suicide prevention in the workplace is nothing new. What is new, are the ways in which employers are addressing the needs of their employees at risk for suicide. Recognizing a demand for customized employee and family assistance program (EFAP) suicide-specific services to address the most serious threat to employee productivity, attendance, and retention, CAMS-care created CAMS EAP.