Collaborative Assessment
and Management of Suicidality


Advanced | Clinical Interventions

3.25-4.25 CE Credits | 4 Hrs. 15 Min

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About the Course


CAMS-guided care is a philosophy of care and a therapeutic framework for suicide-specific assessment and treatment of a client’s suicidal risk. This is a flexible approach that can be easily integrated across treatment settings and in tandem with different treatment modalities. In CAMS-guided care the clinician and client collaborate in a highly interactive assessment process. Clinicians utilize client input and clients become the “Co-authors” of their own treatment plan. This course will provide you with the tools and resources you need to provide your best level of care. In each of this courses’ five modules, you will see Dr. Jobes, in video, as he integrates CAMS-guided care in a case study. Each module makes use of interactive E-learning and assessments, so you can check your knowledge gain. The Cams course will provide learners with the unique opportunity to further support and understand the struggle of suicidal clients while keeping their perspectives ever at the forefront.

Estimated Course Length: 4 hrs. 15 min

Course Includes: 3 modules consisting of a mixed media approach with roleplays, video interviews with subject matter experts, animation explainer videos, knowledge games, and more

Companion Videos: 8 provider videos to highlight key concepts

Downloadable PDFs: 15 downloadable PDFs expanding on relevant course topics

Target Audience: Licensed mental health providers (clinical social workers, psychologists, counselors, & marriage and family therapists)

Level of Instruction: Advanced

Prerequisite: None

Instructional Method: Self-paced, interactive, hybrid of audio, text, video, and learning checks

Accessibility Accommodations: Color contrast; transcripts of video components; closed captioning of audio and video components

After completing this course, you will be able to describe and employ the following:

  1. Explain CAMS as an evidence-based, suicide-specific, therapeutic clinical framework for effectively working with suicidal risk.

  2. Describe CAMS philosophy of care related to empathy, collaboration, honesty, and the building of the clinical alliance while increasing patient motivation.

  3. Complete a first session of CAMS using the Suicide Status Form (SSF) for assessment, stabilization planning, and the identification of patient-defined suicidal drivers that will be targeted and treated in the course of CAMS-guided care.

  4. Articulate interim sessions of CAMS and the use of the SSF for tracking suicidal on-going risk and treatment plan updating related to patient-defined suicidal drivers.

  5. Relate optional resources like the CAMS Therapeutic Worksheet that can help clarify direct and indirect drivers of suicidality.

  6. Illustrate the use of the SSF for clinical outcomes and dispositions that brings CAMS-guided care to a close.

  7. Interpret the 10 key elements that define the CAMS model for effectively assessing and treating suicidal risk in your clinical practice.

Course Activities for CE Credits: ≥ 3 hrs. 36 min

  • Pre-Course Assessment (~5 minutes) [EXCLUDED FROM ACTIVITIES FOR NBCC & CAMFT CREDIT]

  • Module 1: Introduction to CAMS and Session 1 (~1 hour 15 minutes)

  • Module 2: Interim Session 2 (~50 minutes)

  • Module 3: Interim Session 5 (~22 minutes)

  • Module 4: Interim Session 9 (~21 minutes)

  • Module 5: Interim Session 12 and Outcome Disposition (~22 minutes)

  • Post-Course Assessment (~21 minutes) [EXCLUDED FROM ACTIVITIES FOR NBCC & CAMFT CREDIT]]

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