CAMS IS A FLEXIBLE CLINICAL FRAMEWORK
CAMS is not a new psychotherapy. It is a flexible therapeutic framework that is guided by a multi-purpose clinical tool called the “Suicide Status Form” (SSF) which guides the patient’s treatment including:
- suicide-specific assessment,
- suicide-specific treatment planning,
- tracking of on-going risk, and
- clinical outcomes and dispositions.
CAMS has been primarily used with suicidal adults, but there is increasing use with suicidal adolescents and even children as young as 5 years old. CAMS has been successfully used with patients across clinical diagnoses, including certain patients with psychotic disorders.
CAMS was initially developed in an outpatient setting, but its efficacy in assessing and treating suicidal risk has become recognized as a valuable tool in a range of settings across the spectrum of treatment settings and patient populations. CAMS is being used in clinics and hospitals as both a one-session intervention to short-term approach during an inpatient stay to an ongoing treatment in intensive outpatient programs. CAMS has been incorporated in the assessment process for Mobile Crisis Response Teams in multiple states and local organizations to facilitate decisions about disposition and treatment options for patients in crisis. Both Military Behavioral Health providers and VA inpatient and outpatient providers use CAMS with their patients. CAMS has been successfully implemented in Soverign Nations and Tribes and has been integrated into Zero Suicide intiatives both in the U.S. and internationally.
Clinicians and patients report a positive experience using CAMS and find that the flexible framework makes it possible to incorporate a range of treatment modalities. Organizations and groups may arrange to obtain training in CAMS for their clinicians by contacting our team to discuss training options.
CAMS Trainings FOR ORGANIZATIONS AND GROUPS
Our CAMS trainings for Organizations and Groups often incorporate the 4 components of CAMS Foundational Training in a flexible and customizable approach.
We work closely with an organization to determine the goals of training and the best approach that is efficient and beneficial to prepare and support clinicians to feel confident in using CAMS with suicidal patients.
Training may include:
- The CAMS Book, Managing Suicidal Risk, A Collaborative Approach, 2nd Edition
- CAMS Online Video course
- CAMS Pratical Role Play Training at your site
- CAMS Consultation Calls
Our team is available to discuss the options and design a program that meets your specific needs for the patient population your organization serves.
EXAMPLES OF ORGANIZATIONAL APPLICATION
ZERO SUICIDE INITIATIVES
CAMS-care Is Dedicated to Raising the Clinical Standard of Care to Save Lives
CAMS-care is designed to support providers who work with suicidal patients and does not provide direct clinical services. If you are located in the UK and need crisis assistance, contact your local NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS) Services as we are unable to assist you.