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. Every session of CAMS intentionally utilizes the patient’s input about what is and is not working. All assessment work in CAMS is collaborative; we seek to have the patient be a “co-author” of their own treatment plan.
In terms of CAMS philosophy, the clinician’s honesty and forthrightness are key elements. For any patient teetering between life and death, there can be no more important component of care than direct and respectful candor when suicidal risk is present. The CAMS clinician endeavors to understand their patient’s suffering from an empathetic, non-judgmental, and intra-subjective perspective. The clinician never shames or blames a suicidal person for being suicidal; we endeavor to understand this struggle through the eyes of the suicidal patient.
Please download and read the Training Flyer. Carefully review the three parts to the trianing and the three Training Sequences available before you begin your registration.
Training Options - Who Should Attend. The CAMS framework consists of an approach for guided suicide-focused risk assessment and ongoing psychosocial intervention. It is intended to be used by mental and behavioral health practitioners (e.g., psychologists, counselors, social workers) and students in those disciplines practicing under supervision, and mental health medical providers who see clients for regular mental health treatment sessions. For these practitioners, the training is offered in three parts (see Training Flyer for details).
Other health care providers may find it more useful to learn about CAMS by attending the half-day educational overview
Best sequence of training for behavioral health clinical staff:
Questions About the Training? Please contact Tom McRoberts, Alaska Training Cooperative, 907-264-6251, email@example.com
Access to the Training. Your registration will generate a new CAMS-Care user profile. Your CAMS-Care profile will include access to and information about the training options selected in your registration.
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CE Certificates and Certificates of Attendance. Certificates will be generated by CAMS-Care after successful completion of the training.