Suicide Training for Individual Mental Health Professionals
CAMS IS A flexible clinical framework
- suicide-specific assessment,
- suicide-specific treatment planning,
- tracking of ongoing risk, and
- clinical outcomes and dispositions.
As stated previously, collaboration is the essential, and perhaps the most important ingredient to successful CAMS-guided clinical care. CAMS is a clinical philosophy that emphasises collaboration and empathy for the service user’s suicidal state in the pursuit of suicide-specific interventions. CAMS is designed to enhance the therapeutic alliance and increase motivation in the service user in a joint effort to effectively target and treat their suicidal risk.
CAMS has been primarily used with suicidal adults, but there is increasing use with suicidal adolescents and even children as young 5 years old. CAMS has been successfully used with service users across clinical diagnoses, including certain ones with psychotic disorders.
Clinicians and service users report a positive experience using CAMS and find that the flexible framework makes it possible to incorporate a range of treatment modalities. Clinicians may easily obtain training in CAMS through our learning path for individual clinicians.
Training IN CAMS for INdividuals
We encourage you to:
- Start with the CAMS Book: Managing Suicidal Risk, A Collaborative Approach 3rd Edition.
- Then take our three-hour CAMS Online Video Course. In this course, Dr. Jobes provides an overview of the CAMS framework and demonstrates CAMS with a suicidal service user from intake through resolution.
- Consider contacting us to arrange CAMS supervision calls with one of our CAMS consultants to increase your knowledge base and confidence.
For more information about consultation services, please contact us.
Why is CAMS the best choice for suicide prevention?
I am a child and adolescent therapist. Can I use CAMS with children and adolescents?
Many of my service users have personality disorders. May I use CAMS with them?
Should you use CAMS with someone who has made an attempt but is no longer actively suicidal?
What are the minimum requirements for service users to be effectively engaged in CAMS? Can you use CAMS with those who have intellectual disabilities/reading or writing difficulties/psychosis/substance abuse issues?
Can I use CAMS with service users with non-suicidal self-injury?
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