Using a Collaborative Approach to Managing Suicidal Risk (CAMS) and Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Suicide Prevention (CBT-SP) During a Pandemic




Session Description

Learn about two evidenced-based practices for the treatment of suicidality in youth; Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS) and Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Suicide Prevention (CBT-SP). CAMS is a therapeutic framework used until suicidal risk resolves. Adherence to CAMS requires thorough suicide assessment and problem-­‐focused interventions that target and treat suicidal “drivers” (i.e., patient-­‐defined problems that put their life at risk). Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Suicide Prevention (CBT-SP) teaches the use of alternative ways of thinking and behaving during episodes of suicidal crises to prevent suicide attempts. CBT-SP uses a relapse prevention approach and is grounded in principles of cognitive behavior therapy.

Learning Objectives

     #1 Implement and sustain a collaborative (rather than directive) treatment approach in the Management of suicidality.

     #2 Utilize the Suicide Status Form to assess and track suicidality
     #3 Describe, integrate, and utilize affective strategies  of CBT-SP relapse prevention protocol to enhance safety in suicidal youth.

About the Presenters

Presenter, Avi Kriechman's headshotAvi Kriechman, MD, Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist, UNM Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Avi Kriechman is a child and adolescent psychiatrist at the Division of Community and Behavioral Health in the UNM HSC Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. He has provided strength-based care for children, youth, families, and communities for over 35 years.


Laura Rombach, Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist, UNM Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

Laura Rombach, MA, LPCC, is a senior program therapist at the University of New Mexico. She currently the program manager for ASPYR coordinates and provides training in suicide prevention and behavioral health best practices throughout the state. She is the former project director for Addressing Childhood Trauma through Intervention Outreach and Networking (ACTION), a four-year SAMHSA grant at UNM. She is an independently licensed counselor with extensive experience in behavioral health program development, clinical services and childhood trauma and has worked in a variety of sites specializing in behavioral health care, family programs, adoption and foster care services, and youth residential settings.

Continuing Education

This presentation has been approved for the following continuing education units:

Approving BoardProfessionsCEUs Offered
NMBCCHPBehavioral Health Providers1.5


Oct 08 2020


2:00 pm - 3:15 pm




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