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ASPIRE Trainings

The Center for the Advancement of Suicide Prevention, Intervention, Research, and Education (ASPIRE) at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia is pleased to announce a FREE clinical training program for Pennsylvania-based behavioral health professionals serving individuals in Pennsylvania. The 2022 program is offering two empirically validated interventions for working with individuals at increased risk for suicide—Attachment-Based Family Therapy (ABFT) and the Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS). Both interventions have ample evidence demonstrating their efficacy in high-risk groups.

The ASPIRE Center is delighted to partner with Pennsylvania’s Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) to provide these comprehensive trainings free of charge for up to 30 individuals. With the goal of providing adequate training to allow for independent practice of these interventions, both trainings require an extended time commitment. Behavioral health providers may register for one or both training programs, and continuing education credits are available only if the entire training is completed.  To this end, we request that you only register if you are fully able to complete all aspects of the training program for which you have registered. Details about both programs are below. Please email any questions to Dr. Matthew Wintersteen.

Attachment-Based Family Therapy (ABFT)

What is ABFT? Attachment-Based Family Therapy (ABFT) is the only manualized, empirically supported family therapy model specifically designed to target family and individual processes associated with adolescent suicide and depression. ABFT emerges from interpersonal theories that suggest adolescent depression and suicide can be precipitated, exacerbated or buffered against by the quality of interpersonal relationships in families. To learn more about ABFT, click here.

What is included in the training? There are three levels to ABFT training with the final level culminating in certification; however, the training program offered through ASPIRE will only cover Level I and Level II. Level I consists of a 1 day and 3-day Introductory workshop. Level II consists of 22 weeks of supervision and a 3-day advanced workshop. Level III consists of tape review leading to certification. To learn more about the ABFT Training Program and what is involved in the process, click here.

When is the training? The Level I portion of the training will be split into 6 virtual half-day sessions and allow you to choose either the morning track (9am-12:45pm ET) or the afternoon track (1pm-4:45pm ET). The dates for Level I trainings are April 21 & 22, April 28 & 29, and May 5 & 6. The 3-day advanced workshop in Level II will be scheduled at a later date, likely in early Spring 2023.

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The Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS)

What is CAMS? CAMS is an evidence based, suicide-focused treatment framework backed by 30 years of clinical research and 5 randomized controlled trials. To learn more about CAMS, click here.

How do you become CAMS trained? The CAMS training model provides a spectrum of experiences that optimizes the learner’s understanding of how to use CAMS adherently within clinical practice across different treatment settings and clinical populations. Implementation and dissemination science has clearly shown that an integrative approach to training that uses several modalities for learning improves clinicians’ learning and adaptation of new skills. Their integrative training model enables most clinicians to become adherent to this evidence-based approach with their first CAMS patient and clinicians frequently report their training model provides them with the confidence and clarity to use CAMS effectively with patients. To learn more about becoming CAMS trained, click here.

When is the training? The CAMS training will begin online and will be available to you shortly after your registration. The role-play training day portion will be provided in person, at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, on June 2, 2022.

CAMS Training Registration

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