Suicidology Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is CAMS?
Why is CAMS the best choice for suicide prevention?
Our organization already uses a screening risk assessment measure for suicide. I understand that CAMS is used for risk assessment so why would we need to add another screening tool?
So CAMS is not just a screening or risk assessment tool, so what else does it do?
This is the first time I'm hearing about CAMS. Is CAMS considered a best practice?
In 2017, the CDC released Preventing Suicide: A Technical Package of Policy, Programs, and Practices. CAMS was identified as a treatment for people at risk of suicide (page 37).
What are the components of CAMS Foundational Training?
Who should get training in CAMS?
Do you offer certification in CAMS?
No, but at some point in the future we may offer certifications in the use of CAMS. To do this properly administrative procedures would be necessary to ensure that certified providers remain in adherence.
How long does it take to become proficient at using CAMS with patients?
Do you have a Train the Trainer Program?
We are participating in “Zero Suicide,” how can we go about implementing CAMS in our organization?
We have funding or are planning to submit a grant proposal from 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 be well-suited for suicide prevention efforts funded by GLS. Many CAMS trainings have been conducted for state organizations and Native American behavioral health providers.
I am planning on taking (or I have taken) the Online video course. Do I really need the book too?
My organization will be offering the Online Video Course to our staff, can we purchase access and show it to everyone in a group setting?
The Online Video course was useful but I would like to return to it in the future to refresh my memory once I start using CAMS with a patient. Is there any other way to get access to the information about CAMS in the video once my access has expired?
Where can I get more copies of the SSF?
Do you have the SSF in other languages? Where can I get copies?
My organization uses electronic health records. Is there an electronic version of the SSF? Can I make a template for my system? Can I make a template and just have the patient fill out CAMS before I meet with them?
We understand the reality of electronic health records in many if not most health care settings and we are working to study and make available electronic versions of CAMS related material (particularly the SSF). However, the existing twenty year evidence base for CAMS rests on the written—hard-copy—use of the SSF and our research shows that writing is different than typing. We have a number of research projects working to make the SSF electronic so that it can easily interface with EMR’s. The most promising approach involves using a tablet and stylus that replicates the hard-copy experience while still interfacing with an EMR. Until these studies are completed, the SSF must be scanned into an EMR or perhaps maintained as a “Psychotherapy Note” under the Privacy Rule provision of HIPAA (while maintaining an official medical record progress note of the care). Any attempt to make an electronic SSF template is a direct violation of copyright law and represents an unlawful misuse of CAMS materials. Finally, the SSF should always be administered collaboratively between the provider and patient consistent with adherence to the evidence-based approach described in our training and the Guilford Press source book.
Do you offer Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for the Online course?
I am interested in attending a role-play training. Are you offering one in my community?
At some juncture we hope to provide regularly scheduled regional trainings around the country and abroad but these are not yet available.
Would you send someone to our organization to lead a role-play training or do we have to travel to you?
We are a small organization but would like to arrange for our staff to attend role play training. Do you offer trainings for small groups?
I am not sure our staff will be able to attend a day long role play training; does that mean we will not be able to use CAMS with our patients?
Still have a question?
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