CAMS on Campus: Suicide Prevention Training for Students, Counselors & Educators

At CAMS-care, we firmly believe that college/university campuses can play a pivotal role in preventing suicide. Armed with CAMS evidence-based suicide prevention methodologies, mental health counselors will be better equipped to help prevent suicide among college students, and educators can adequately prepare graduate students to provide effective suicide care in the future.

In an extensive survey of students from almost 100 college campuses, about 3% of undergraduate students had seriously considered killing themselves recently (within the last two weeks), and 9% endorsed serious suicidal thoughts in the past year. This survey, conducted by the American College Health Association, also found that between 1-2%1 of university students attempted suicide in the past year. Based on this data, it is clear that students on college campuses are experiencing suicidal thoughts and behaviors, and college counseling centers, psychological services centers, and health services centers are looked to prevent student suicide. Effective suicide prevention programs and procedures must be in place for at-risk college students to get the professional help and support they desperately need.

The Need for Suicide Prevention on College Campuses

Educators on college campuses are clear stakeholders in suicide prevention as well. Professionals working with patients experiencing suicidal thoughts and behaviors regularly discuss fear of working with these patients and feelings of inadequate training in suicide prevention. Undergraduate courses in suicidology/suicide prevention, graduate courses in the assessment, management, and treatment of suicidality, and continuing education events for professionals working on college campuses are all pertinent ways of ensuring the next generation of counselors, social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, general practitioners, and the like are well versed in evidence-based methods of treating at-risk individuals.

Suicide Prevention Training for College Educators and Counselors

Whether you are an educator, the director of a college counseling center, or a graduate student excited about improving your clinical skill set, you will find resources for implementing CAMS on your campus to prevent suicide and integrating CAMS education materials into your undergraduate and graduate courses to shape future mental health professionals. The links below can help you bring advanced undergraduate training in suicidology and graduate/professional training in CAMS intervention strategies to your college campus.

Bring Evidence Based Suicide Prevention Training to Your Campus

I am…

An educator and want more information about integrating CAMS into my undergraduate or graduate course curriculum

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A behavioral healthcare provider provider and want more information about ways my campus mental health counseling center/clinic can prevent college student suicide

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A graduate student interested in becoming CAMS TRAINED as part of my education

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This suicide prevention training may be most ideal for university students receiving graduate-level training. Although undergraduate students would learn valuable clinical skills and the foundation of CAMS from this training, they likely will have minimal opportunity to apply their learning until graduate study.

CAMS Foundational Video Course

This suicide prevention training experience combines didactic presentations by Dr. Jobes as he introduces an unscripted clinical demonstration of the use of CAMS with a patient through the course of 12 sessions of the CAMS Framework®.

$20 for students

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*Student ID required

Online Role-Play Training

Online Role-Play Training is designed to enhance knowledge regarding the philosophy and theory of the CAMS Framework® while providing an opportunity to practice using the CAMS Framework and complete the Suicide Status Form with other individuals.

$50 for students

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*Student ID required

CAMS Consultation Calls

Hour-long phone meetings for clinicians who have completed either the CAMS Online Video Course or CAMS Practical Role-Play Training. Our expert trainers will answer questions that arise for clinicians as they begin using CAMS with their patients.

$15 per call

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1American College Health Association, TBD