Practical Role-Play Training

The only authorized source for adherent CAMS training.

The only authorized source for adherent CAMS
suicide prevention training

Our in person Practical Role Play Training is designed to enhance knowledge regarding the philosophy and theory of CAMS while providing an opportunity for practice in using the CAMS framework. Our expert CAMS-care consultant-trainers will demonstrate the use of CAMS in a live unscripted role-play which is based on actual patient experiences. Following each demonstration, participants, who pair off,  will practice what has just been demonstrated by the consultant-trainers. While participants are role-playing, our trainers “float” from dyad to dyad, supporting their efforts to use CAMS, answering questions, and making helpful suggestions.

This model provides an effective immersive experience in the use of standard CAMS. There are ample opportunities for group discussion and Q&As. Our attendees invariably report that the larger group discussions are useful in providing effective strategies for challenging clinical issues, sharing different techniques and tactics, and consideration of systems-level issues that may occur when implementing CAMS into routine clinical use. While suicide is a serious topic, our experienced and talented trainers bring clinical wisdom, insight, and humor to the training experience. As our trainers demonstrate the clinician’s role in live unscripted role-play demonstrations, there is a shared sense of mutual and collaborative learning that most participants find rewarding, supportive, and even inspiring as the entire training group endeavors to learn how to save lives using CAMS-guided care.

By the end of this training, participants should be fully prepared to begin to use CAMS with suicidal patients. To support optimal clinical outcomes, participation in a series of CAMS-care Consultation Calls is highly recommended subsequent to completion of the Practical Role Play Training.

Online Video Training


Our Online Training Video Course is a valuable pre-requisite for attending our Practical Role-Play Training.

In Person Immersive Experience in the Use of CAMS

  •  Interactive exercises to practice using CAMS
  •  Demonstrations of the use of CAMS in live unscripted role plays
  •  Group discussions to strategize challenging case presentations, different techniques and tactics, and application to specific patient populations
  •  Recommendations for implementation in systems
  •  Opportunity for one on one questions with trainers

“We had 50 registered and we had 47 who attended. The feedback on the training was very positive. One therapist contacted me and said that she used CAMS the same night of the training when her second client came in with extreme suicidality. She reported that the session went great, she used all of the CAMs materials and new knowledge, and she felt competent and confident in partnering with her client to assess risk, develop a plan and avoid hospitalization. I would say that is an excellent outcome already!”

Kathy Dollard, Psy.D., L.P.

Director, Behavioral Health, MidMichigan Health

“We have trained all of our Outpatient Therapists in CAMS, using the online training, followed by a full day in-person training. We are seeing encouraging results and the therapists appreciate having specific interventions to utilize with clients who are at acute risk for suicide. Therapists have been able to start implementing CAMS right after completing the training.”

Lenape Valley Foundation

Doylestown, PA

Comments From Our Trainings:

“The best part of the training was role playing one of my own patients, and I feel like it has helped me in helping her further with CAMS-care.”

“The role-playing was very unexpected and refreshing. This made the training practical.”

“The training was very engaging. Loved the role-playing, so it wasn’t just lecture and watching.”

“Watching the trainer role-play and being able to role-play after his example was my favorite part of the CAMS training. Very effective!”

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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?
Yes, we would send a consultant to your location to run a role play training. Please complete the inquiry form and we will be happy to contact you to discuss arranging a training that meets your needs.

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?
Yes, we have trained groups of less than ten attendees. Please complete our inquiry form with information about your organization and we will be happy to contact you to discuss the options available.
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?
No, we have many organizations that opt to complete our integrated training model in CAMS by having staff read the CAMS book, take the CAMS Online Video course, and attend a series of CAMS Consultation Calls. Please complete our inquiry form and we will be happy to contact you to discuss the options available that best meet your needs.

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