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Collaborative Assessment & Management of Suicidality (CAMS): Practical Role...

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Laramie County Community College

1400 East College Drive

Clay Pathfinder Building, Room 109 North

Cheyenne, WY 82007

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CAMS Practical Role-Play Training

CAMS-care offers live Practical Role-Play Training in the standard and adherent use of CAMS. This role-play training can be conducted with small (10) to large (100) groups of clinician-participants. The prerequisite for attending our CAMS-care practical role-play training is the completion of the CAMS On-line Video Course which provides the essential foundation for the CAMS model of care. We also recommend that attendees purchase a copy of Managing Suicidal Risk as a resource once training is complete.

CAMS Practical Role-Play Training is highly interactive and training is tailored for the use of CAMS to a wide range of providers across a broad array of clinical settings. The training day begins with an overview of the philosophy and theoretical foundation of CAMS and a review of the CAMS Suicide Status Form (SSF) protocol.

This didactic element transitions to an active phase of training as our expert trainers demonstrate the use of CAMS with unscripted role-plays and then participants (who are paired off in dyads) practice the section of CAMS just demonstrated by our trainers. Each participant takes a turn playing the role of a suicidal patient while their partner practices applying the portion of CAMS that was just demonstrated by the trainers. While participants are role-playing, our trainers “float” from dyad to dyad, supporting their efforts in the use of CAMS, answering questions, and making helpful suggestions.

The Practical Role-Play training model provides a solid foundation in the use of CAMS: the critical initial engagement and first session, and the second “interim” session of care, interim care in the CAMS framework, tailoring the use of CAMS with specific populations such as children, adolescents and older adults, and criteria for resolution of CAMS is discussed throughout the day. Our trainers encourage participants to ask questions and engage in discussion with the trainers in order to create an opportunity to share effective strategies and resources to implement with patients. By the end of this two-day training, participants are prepared to use CAMS with suicidal patients.

Upon completion of the CAMS Practical Role-Play Training, participation in a series of CAMS Consultation Calls solidifies clinicians’ knowledge base and skill level in mastering the use of CAMS with patients.

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