The Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS) approach has garnered a strong evidence base and has been implemented by thousands of therapists from a range of orientations in diverse clinical settings. This extensively revised manual provides a proven therapeutic framework for evaluating suicidal risk and developing and implementing a suicide-specific treatment plan that is respectful, empathic, and empowering. In addition to their clinical utility, the procedures used for assessment, treatment, and progress monitoring within CAMS can help reduce the risk of malpractice liability. In a large-size format for easy photocopying, the book includes all needed reproducible tools for implementing CAMS, including the Suicide Status Form–4. Purchasers also get access to a Web page where they can download and print the reproducible materials.
New to This Edition:
*Incorporates a decade's worth of extensive clinical research.
*Fully revised with a greater focus on CAMS as a framework for clinical intervention—not just assessment.
*In-depth case example followed throughout the book.
*Describes innovations to the approach, such as how to target and treat patient-defined "suicidal drivers."
*Additional reproducibles (CAMS Therapeutic Worksheet and CAMS Rating Scale), plus new version of the Suicide Status Form.
"CAMS is a prominent feature of the clinical landscape of therapeutics for suicidality. The second edition of this manual is an eagerly awaited update that reflects significant research advances, making it an essential addition to the modern clinician's toolbox. CAMS is effective, and, crucially, it is well liked by both patients and clinicians. This book offers an articulate and practical account of a leading therapy."—Thomas Joiner, PhD, The Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Florida State University
"CAMS dramatically decreases suicidal ideation and overall symptom distress while increasing hope, patient satisfaction, and retention to clinical care.…We suicidologists believe suicidal people must be meaningfully understood, appreciated, and given particular skills to find their way in life. This book is a major contribution in this singular pursuit."—from the Foreword by Marsha M. Linehan, PhD, ABPP, Professor and Director, Behavioral Research and Therapy Clinics, University of Washington
"This book provides powerful, evidence-based tools for engaging patients and managing the situations that tend to unnerve clinicians the most. CAMS offers a way for clinician and patient to work as a team using the self-identified drivers of distress in the patient’s language. The approach is refreshingly patient-centered and collaborative—the way most clinicians wish they could work. It allows the clinician to be courageous, honest, and to relinquish the illusion of control, while having a potentially life-saving impact. Crossing any lines of theoretical orientation, CAMS can be readily implemented 'in the trenches.' I hope this fantastic book becomes a cornerstone in every clinical training program in the mental health disciplines."—Christine Moutier, MD, Chief Medical Officer, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality: A Suicide-Specific Intervention within Contemporary Health Care
2. The SSF and the Evolution of CMAS
3. Systems of Clinical Care and Optimizing the Use of CAMS
4. CAMS Risk Assessment: The Collaborative Use of the SSF
5. CAMS Treatment Planning: Coauthoring a Suicide-Specific Treatment Plan
6. CAMS Interim Sessions: Tracking Suicide Risk Assessments and Treatment Plan Updates
7. CAMS Clinical Outcomes and Disposition: Lessons in Living and Postsuicidal Life
8. CAMS as a Means of Decreasing Malpractice Liability
9. CAMS Adaptations and Future Developments
Appendix A. CAMS Suicide Status Form–4 (SSF–4): Initial Session, Tracking/Update Interim Session, Outcome/Disposition Final Session
Appendix B. Coding Manual for the SSF Core Assessment: Qualitative Responses
Appendix C. Coding Manual for SSF Reasons for Living versus Reasons for Dying
Appendix D. Coding Manual for the SSF One-Thing Response
Appendix E. CAMS Therapeutic Worksheet: Understanding Your Suicidality
Appendix F. CAMS Rating Scale (CRS.3)
Appendix G. Frequently Asked Questions about CAMS
Appendix H. Complete CAMS Case Example of Bill
About the Author:
David A. Jobes, PhD, ABPP, is Professor of Psychology and Associate Director of Clinical Training at The Catholic University of America. He is also Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry in the School of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. With research interests in suicidology for over 30 years, he has published extensively in the field and routinely conducts professional training in clinical suicidology, professional ethics, and risk management. Dr. Jobes has served as a consultant to the Department of Defense, Veterans Affairs, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. A past president of the American Association of Suicidology (AAS), he serves on the Scientific Council and Public Policy Council of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. His work has been recognized with the Louis I. Dublin Award for career contribution to suicide prevention from the AAS, among other honors. Dr. Jobes is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and is board certified in clinical psychology. He maintains a private clinical and forensic practice in Washington, DC.