Suicide Training for Individual Mental Health Professionals
CAMS IS A flexible clinical framework
CAMS is not a new psychotherapy. It is a flexible therapeutic framework that is guided by a mult-purpose clinical tool called the “Suicide Status Form” (SSF) which guides the patient’s treatment and includes:
- suicide-specific assessment,
- suicide-specific treatment planning,
- tracking of on-going risk, and
- clinical outcomes and dispositions.
As stated previously, collaboration is the essential, and perhaps the most important ingredient to successful CAMS-guided clinical care. CAMS is a clinical philosophy that emphasizes collaboration and empathy for the patient’s suicidal state in the pursuit of suicide-specific interventions. CAMS is designed to enhance the therapeutic alliance and increase motivation in the patient in a joint effort to effectively target and treat the patient’s suicidal risk.
CAMS has been primarily used with suicidal adults, but there is increasing use with suicidal adolescents and even children as young 5 years old. CAMS has been successfully used with patients across clinical diagnoses, including certain patients with psychotic disorders.
Clinicians and patients report a positive experience using CAMS and find that the flexibile framework makes it possible to incorporate a range of treatment modalities. Clinicians may easily obtain training in CAMS through our learning path for individual clinicians.
Training IN CAMS for INdividuals
Our recommended learning path for individuals is designed to increase your confidence in the treatment of suicidal patients.
We encourage you to:
- Start with the CAMS Book: Managing Suicidal Risk, A Collaborative Approach 2nd Edition.
- Then take our 3-hour CAMS Online Video Course. In this course, Dr. Jobes provides an overview of the CAMS framework and demonstrates CAMS with a suicidal patient from intake through resolution.
- Consider contacting us to arrange CAMS Consultation Calls with one of our CAMS Consultants to increase your knowledge base and confidence.
For more information about Consultation Services, please contact us.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Why is CAMS the best choice for suicide prevention?
I am a child and adolescent therapist, can I use CAMS with children and adolescents?
Many of my patients have personality disorders, may I use CAMS with them?
Should you use CAMS with someone who has made an attempt but is no longer actively suicidal?
What are the minimum requirements for patients to be effectively engaged in CAMS (i.e. can you use CAMS with patients who have intellectual disabilities/reading or writing difficulties/psychosis/substance abuse issues?)
Can I use CAMS with patients with non-suicidal self-injury?
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