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CAMS Training

The Helpline Center, in partnership with the South Dakota Department of Social Services – Division of Behavioral Health, is offering CAMS (Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality) Training to the Aberdeen area and Sioux Falls area.  CAMS is a therapeutic framework for suicide-specific assessment of a patient’s suicidal risk.  CAMS training model enables clinicians to become proficient in this evidenced based approach with their clients.

We have two training dates for CAMS Training and each training offers something different.  Read below about each training option.

September 13, 2018 in Aberdeen – One day training:

 This training will have a two-step process.  Each participant is required to complete a 3-hour video prior to the in-person training.   This 3-hour Online Video Course provides an engaging demonstration of the CAMS model presented by the creator of CAMS, Dr. David A. Jobes.  The on-line course provides 3 CEU’s for counselors, psychologists, and social workers.  The in person training is designed to enhance knowledge regarding the philosophy and theory of CAMS while providing an opportunity for practice in using the CAMS framework. An expert CAMS trainer will demonstrate the use of CAMS based on actual patient experiences. CEU’s are also available for the in-person training and participants will leave with the CAMS book: Managing Suicidal Risk, A Collaborative Approach, 2nd Edition.  

December 11 and 12, 2018 in Sioux Falls – Two Day Training:

The creator of CAMS, Dr. David Jobes will lead this two-day training.  Dr. Jobes will demonstrate and train on specific CAMS techniques.  The second day of training will build from the first day and offer participants the chance to see CAMS procedures demonstrated.  Dr. Jobes will demonstrate the use of CAMS based on actual patient experiences. Following each demonstration, participants, who pair off, will practice what has just been demonstrated by the trainer. While participants are role-playing, trainers “float” from dyad to dyad, supporting their efforts to use CAMS, answering questions, and making helpful suggestions. By the end of this training, participants should be fully prepared to begin to use CAMS with suicidal clients.  CEU’s will be available for this 2 day training. 

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