CAMS Native American Suicide Prevention Training

CAMS clinicians endeavor to understand the suicidal struggle through the eyes of the patient

CAMS IS Adaptable to TraditionS AND Culture in Approaches to Treatment

CAMS has been successfully trained within sovereign nations with providers working with Native American tribes and nations in Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Arizona.

CAMS is first and foremost a philosophy of care. The CAMS clinician endeavors to understand their patient’s suffering from an empathic, non-judgmental, and intra-subjective perspective. The CAMS therapeutic framework readily accommodates traditional medicine, ritual, and culturally-sensitive interventions to treat patient-defined suicidal drivers.

Our team works closely with a sovereign nation and tribe behavioral health organizations when delivering a CAMS training to ensure that training addresses the unique factors of the community being served and provides a model that is effective in increasing the skills and confidence of providers in treating suicidal risk.

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“The product works wonderfully to help persons with thoughts of suicide to organize and focus to complete the forms. We are experiencing very good reception to CAMS within our service area, for example, school districts, tribal behavioral health agencies, local behavioral agencies and others in private practice. We have provided workshops since 2015 and hope to continue being a resource provider in Northern Arizona.”


Why is CAMS the best choice for suicide prevention?
CAMS stands for the “Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality” (CAMS). CAMS is first and foremost a clinical philosophy of care. It is a therapeutic framework for suicide-specific assessment and treatment of a patient’s suicidal risk. 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 different treatment modalities.
Is CAMS used with children and adolescents?
Yes, adaptations of CAMS have been used with suicidal teens and children. There are preliminary data showing the promise of the CAMS and the SSF with suicidal teens and we are pursuing clinical trial research with these populations. The evidence base to date in support of CAMS is primarily based on adult samples but on-going and future research should help provide additional support for using CAMS with young people. It should be noted that working with suicidal children may require a slower pace and the use of breaks in the course of using CAMS. SSF constructs can be explained to children in an effort to create mutual understanding. Current research has shown the teens do not prefer a modified version of the SSF which means the clinician and patient can work together to come to shared understandings of CAMS-related terms.
We have funding or are planning to submit a grant proposal from the Garrett Lee Smith Act (GLS), could we work with CAMS-care to set up a training with these funds?
Yes, CAMS is an excellent evidence-based suicide-specific clinical intervention that can well-suited for suicide prevention efforts funded by GLS. Many CAMS trainings have been conducted for state organizations and Native American behavioral health providers over the past several years.

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