How to Treat a Suicidal Patient: The 4 Cornerstones of Care

Dr. David Jobes
Published: June 24, 2019


Treatment for Suicidal Patients

I have devoted my professional life to suicide prevention. In the late 1980s, I developed a suicide-risk assessment tool for college students that became the foundation for what, today, is CAMS – “Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality.”

Based on more than 30 years of clinical research, CAMS is a proven, suicide-specific intervention that has been used by thousands of mental health providers around the world

CAMS uses a therapeutic framework for the assessment and treatment of a patient’s suicidal risk. A CAMS treatment for suicidal patients approach can help a wide range of patients, across different settings and modalities. CAMS offers a flexible, but “systematized,” plan that ensures consistency across all aspects of care including assessment, treatment, and documentation.

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About CAMS-care

CAMS Framework is first and foremost a clinical philosophy of care. It is a therapeutic framework for suicide-specific assessment and treatment of a patient’s suicidal risk. It is a flexible approach that can be used across theoretical orientations and disciplines for a wide range of suicidal patients across treatment settings and different treatment modalities. The clinician and patient engage in a highly interactive assessment process and the patient is actively involved in the development of their own treatment plan.