Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS Framework™)

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Training Details

Event Dates and Timeframe
Three Training Sequences available - read all information below
Wednesday, December 30, 2020
Location and Delivery Method
Delivery Method
Online / Web Delivered
CAMS Zoom and Video
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Cost Range
This training is brought to you through a partnership with the State of Alaska, Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Behavioral Health and The Alaska Training Cooperative, University of Alaska, Center for Human Development. The project is funded through the AK CARES Grant Program to help mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on mental health symptoms and risk factors for suicide.

Host And Instructor

David A. Jobes, Ph.D., ABPP


C.E. Credit for BH - American Psychological Association (APA): 10.00
C.E. Credit for BH - National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC): 10.00
C.E. Credit for National Association of Social Workers (NASW): 10.00
If you have questions about CE certificates, please contact: Kendra Molinary ( or Anne Wiemers (

Training Overview Description

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.

Event-specific Details

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:

  • 3-hour recorded anytime video session OR 3.5 hour virtual distance delivered education session
  • 7-hour CAMS role play session
  • Three, 1-hour group consultation sessions, with optional fourth consultation session to receive designation as “CAMS TRAINED”

Questions About the Training? Please contact Tom McRoberts, Alaska Training Cooperative, 907-264-6251,

Registration Information

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.

Please watch for email notifications coming from CAMS-Care.

CE Certificates and Certificates of Attendance. Certificates will be generated by CAMS-Care after successful completion of the training.

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