CLINICIANS BUILD CONFIDENCE WITH CAMS
THE EVIDENCE BASE
In a recent study, Associations of Suicide Prevention Trainings with Practices and Confidence among Clinicians at Community Mental Health Centres, suggests that CAMS followed by DBT for self harm training are superior at impacting implementation of evidence-based practices of suicide care.
“CAMS, in particular, was specifically created to target suicidality by identifying distal and proximal risk factors and drivers of suicidal intention. One of the advantages of CAMS is that treatment is designed to be a collaborative process in which both the clinician and the client decide the focus of intervention to reduce suicidality. The empirical evidence on the effectiveness of CAMS to target suicidality is continuing to grow; for example, CAMS demonstrates effectiveness in reducing suicide ideation, overall distress, and increasing hope.”
NAViGO’s Implementation of CAMS
NAViGO implemented CAMS as part of their National Health Service-commissioned health and social care services in the United Kingdom, for a highly deprived ward with a population of over 165,000 people. Within 2 years of implementing, the suicide rate has dropped by 80%.
Rollins College Wellness Centre
Rollins Wellness Centre adapted the CAMS protocol as the assessment and treatment method for suicidal clients. Since adopting CAMS, they have avoided hospitalisation for all but the most severe cases, and almost all who have been hospitalised have done so voluntarily.