CAMS at the Institute
Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality
What is CAMS?
CAMS (Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality) is a therapeutic framework for suicide specific assessment and treatment of an individual’s suicidal risk. It’s been found to be effective with teens, and our team applies a modified version with children experiencing suicidal ideation, as well. All of our therapy services for individuals, groups and families are being offered online via Telehealth (online therapy) during the coronavirus crisis. Telehealth can be a safe and effective way to connect with an experienced therapist via a secure video platform. For more information, please see our coronavirus Practice Plan and resources.
CAMS reliably and effectively helps to decrease:
- Suicidal ideation
- Overall symptom distress
- Suicide attempts
- Self-harm behaviors
How do we get started?
Looking for support for a loved one? We’re here to help, and the process is simple:
- Contact our Intake Coordinator, Paige Howard, MSMFT, AMFT #115379, APCC #6798 (Supervised by Monica Valdivia Aguilar, MA, LMFT 41352) at 626-585-8075 ext. 108 or PHoward@IFGD.care.
- Paige will provide a complimentary phone intake and let you know if CAMS might be an effective option.
- If so, we’ll recommend a therapist from our CAMS team (see link below).
- Individual sessions with the CAMS therapist will then begin.
How do I know when to seek help?
Warning signs include, but are not limited to, depression, hopeless comments, preoccupation with death, irritability, aggressiveness, dramatic shifts in behavior, and recent or upcoming loss. To know if a loved one is suicidal – ask directly. Go to AFSP.org for more risk factors and warnings signs.
Check out these photos of our team (including members of our CAMS Team) supporting the
Out of the Darkness suicide prevention walk and fundraiser on November 2nd!
PLEASE NOTE: This information should not be construed as medical advice pertinent to any individual.
As is true with all written materials, you must be the judge of what is valid and useful for you. Please discuss questions with your therapist or physician.