Become CAMS Trained (Suicide Prevention Training & Therapy Framework)

The CAMS-Care model is a clinical suicide prevention and therapy framework.
ProtoCall Services’ New Mexico Crisis and Access Line, along with the NM Department of Health Office of School and Adolescent Health, is offering opportunities for licensed mental health professionals to become CAMS Trained in this evidence-based suicide treatment protocol.
CAMS-Care Model Overview
The CAMS model was developed by Dr. Jobes over decades of clinical trial research, there is very little that compares to CAMS in terms of its robust evidence-base, its flexibility, and the relative ease of learning to use it with fidelity.
When clinicians use the CAMS model, the mental health professional and the person of concern engage in a highly interactive assessment process where the person of concern is actively involved in the development of their own treatment plan. Results of the CAMS model have shown a reduction of suicidal ideation, and an increase in hope occurs in as few as 6 CAMS sessions.
  • Every session of CAMS intentionally utilizes the persons of concerns input about what is and is not working.
  • A CAMS mental health professional endeavors to understand the person of concerns experience from an empathetic, non-judgmental, and intra-subjective perspective.
  • The mental health professional never shames or blames a person of concern for experiencing suicide, and endeavors to understand this struggle through the eyes of the person of concern.
CAMS Framework is first and foremost a clinical philosophy of care that can be used across various treatment settings and different treatment modalities. It is a proven evidenced base therapeutic framework for suicide-specific assessment and treatment of a persons suicidal risk. It is a flexible approach that can be used across theoretical orientations and disciplines to support a wide range of people that a mental health professional supports.
  • It’s easy to learn and quick to implement
  • Treats the largest population of suicidal ideators
  • Affordable training
  • Cost-effective in a system of care
  • Enhanced clinical documentation that reduces the risk of malpractice
  • Clinicians and patients like CAMS
  • Builds clinician confidence when treating suicidal patients
Learn more about the CAMS-Care Model here:
Wed, Jun 29, 2022 8:30 AM MST
Becoming CAMS Trained (Suicide Prevention Training & Therapy Framework)
The CAMS training model provides a spectrum of experiences that optimizes the learner’s understanding of how to use CAMS adherently within clinical practices across different treatment settings and clinical populations. Implementation and dissemination science has clearly shown that an integrative approach to training that uses several modalities for learning improves clinicians’ learning and adaptation of new skills. The CAMS integrative training model enables most clinicians to become adherent to this evidence-based approach in their first delivery of the CAMS model with a persons of concern. Clinicians frequently report the CAMS training model provides them with the confidence and clarity to use CAMS effectively with persons of concern.
Becoming CAMS TRAINED to practice this clinical model of care takes just 3 hours of online course pre work, 8 hours of virtual class work (delivered in an online classroom), and 4 hours of consultation calls once you are working with persons of concern. This opportunity involves 6 required elements:
1. Licensed or Certified to practice in a mental health field profession.
2. A resident of New Mexico.
3. Working with youth and young adults (<=26), or working on a mobile crisis team, or working in a crisis triage support center.
4. Complete the CAMS Foundational Video Course Pre Work prior to attending the Role-Play Training Day
The training combines didactic presentations by Dr. Jobes as he introduces an unscripted clinical demonstration of the use of CAMS with a patient through the course of 12 sessions of the CAMS Framework. Pass the free test.
5. Participate in the Online Role-Play Training Day
Designed to enhance knowledge of the CAMS Framework while providing an opportunity to practice completing the Suicide Status Form with other mental health professionals learning the model.
6. Attend the CAMS Consultation Calls
Attend 4 Consultation Calls after you are using CAMS with your patients. The calls give you a forum to discuss cases, best practices and have your questions answered by an experienced CAMS Consultant.
Seven (7) CE credits will be given to participants that complete the pre-work, attend the entire role-play training day, and complete the 4 consultation calls.

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