At CAMS-care believe wholeheartedly that the training of future healthcare providers in effective strategies to assess, manage, and treat suicide risk is integral for reducing suicide
We hope to provide you with a menu of options for integrating CAMS into your course(s). Whether you are a CAMS trained clinician or not, we hope you consider playing a key role in training the next generation of suicide prevention professionals. If you want to talk through these materials or these resources do not fit your needs, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to speak with a CAMS consultant currently using CAMS on their college campus.
Undergraduate courses in psychology, counseling, social work, etc. are great places to add a lecture about suicide prevention and treatment or assign an activity specific to suicide. This education can not only begin to lay a foundation of knowledge for future training specific to treating those at-risk, but also dispel myths about suicide – an important aspect of campus suicide prevention initiatives. CAMS offers a couple of options for adding a lecture or activity to an existing course.
This three-hour course covers suicide statistics/epidemiology, risk factors and warning signs of suicide, contemporary research regarding why people die by suicide, and an overview of suicide-specific interventions, including but not limited to CAMS.
This lecture could be assigned outside of class with related activities, such as class discussions or an assigned reflection paper. Additional materials such as potential reflection questions and exam/quiz questions are available upon request. It would be a nice addition to broader courses in human services (e.g., abnormal psychology/psychopathology, systems of psychotherapy/counseling, etc.).
This three-hour videotaped lecture includes an overview of the CAMS FrameworkTM as well as taped demonstrations by the creator, Dr. David Jobes. Like the state of the field lecture above, this could be assigned outside of class with related activities, such as class discussions or an assigned reflection paper. Additionally, clips from this video could be viewed and discussed during the lecture as a means of discussing similarities/differences between CAMS and other interventions covered in the course. This video would be ideal for courses in which students begin to learn therapeutic interventions. Additional materials such as potential reflection questions and exam/quiz questions are available upon request.
This one-hour video is an unscripted demonstration of the CAMS risk assessment and treatment planning tools performed by the creator, Dr. David Jobes. This could be assigned outside of class with related activities, such as class discussions or an assigned reflection paper. Generally, this would be a shorter option of the 3-hour primer and clinical demonstration of CAMS described above. Additional materials such as potential reflection questions and exam/quiz questions are available upon request.
ADDITIONAL CAMS RESOURCES
CAMS Blog & Educational Content
Find blogs and educational content about a variety of topics, including suicide in teens, Transgender and Gender Diverse suicide risk factors, and how evidence-based suicide interventions should be adapted when working with those from historically marginalized backgrounds.
A Course on Suicidology
Muehlenkamp and Thoen (2019) has created a course that increases suicide awareness and decreases in stigmatizing attitudes towards at-risk individuals. Those interested in teaching a psychology course should reach out to the authors of this study for their syllabi and consider incorporating CAMS.