Our Story: CAMS-care Suicide Risk Assessment & Prevention Training Framework
What We Know From Live Training
- While evaluations from live didactic training in CAMS are usually very high, overwhelmingly such training does not lead to clinicians changing their behaviours. This observation is often true for many types of didactic clinical practice training. To save lives, clinical behaviours have to change.
- Integrated training in content, role-playing, and clinical consultation is required to effectively change clinical behaviours. CAMS-care endeavours to provide adherent training to every mental health professional–and systems of care–seeking an evidence-based approach to suicidal risk. We have used the CAMS Integrated Training approach since the Autumn of 2016 based on the best selling second edition of Managing Suicidal Risk, A Collaborative Approach.
Our Motto: Best Possible Care
CAMS is not the only evidence-based ‘Best Possible Care’ for the assessment and treatment of suicidal risk. There are other excellent treatments that also effectively treat suicide risk: Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT for self harm) and two forms of suicide-specific cognitive-behavioural therapy: Cognitive Therapy for Suicide Prevention (CT-SP) and Brief Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (BCBT). Whatever treatment approach a mental health professional chooses to follow, it is critical that the treatment specifically treats suicidality and is proven effective through randomised clinical trial research and research replication.
Although there are many well-intended clinical interventions for suicide available, unless they are based on a foundation of randomised controlled trials and replication, it is unknown if they are effective for managing and treating suicide risk, particularly across a wide range of service users and clinical settings. Given the life and death implications, every service user(and their family) deserves to receive the Best Possible Care that is suicide-specific.