Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS)

About CAMS

CAMS 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. CAMS is also a proven clinical intervention that reliably and effectively treats patient-defined suicidal drivers leading to rapid reductions in suicidal ideation, overall symptom distress, depression, and hopelessness.

How it works

The clinician and patient engage in a highly interactive assessment process and the patient is ultimately engaged in the development of their own treatment plan. Every session of CAMS intentionally involves the patient’s input about what is and is not working. All assessment work in CAMS is collaborative; the patient is said to be a co-author of their own treatment plan.

Over 25 years of research, including 4 randomized controlled trials, has proven CAMS to be an effective evidence-based assessment, intervention and treatment that directly targets suicidal risk.

Who should get training in CAMS?

CAMS training is available for Behavioral Health Clinicians including Counselors, Social Workers, Substance Abuse Counselors, Therapists and Psychologists in addition to Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners. Affiliation with Aroostook Mental Health Services, Crisis and Counseling Centers and/or Sweetser may qualify professionals outside these specialty areas for access to CAMS online training. Evaluations for eligibility will be done on a case by case basis.

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