The Hope Institute is an outpatient facility specializing in short-term crisis intervention and stabilization for individuals experiencing suicidal ideation. We utilize the Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS) framework and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), two evidence-based practices that have been proven to effectively treat suicidal ideation. Anyone experiencing suicidal ideation can benefit from the services we provide, including individual counseling, group counseling, and intensive outpatient options.


The Hope Institute focuses on treating individuals experiencing serious thoughts of suicide. Our goal is for each client to have an initial appointment with one of our expert therapists within 24 business hours of referral. Our team of highly trained clinicians has a proven track record of reducing suicidal ideation in six weeks or less in an outpatient setting using two evidence-based treatments, CAMS and DBT. With support of national partners including CAMS-Care, the Hope Institute will revolutionize short-term outpatient care and crisis-intervention for those individuals struggling with suicidal thoughts or ideation.

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Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS):

Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality, developed by Dr. David Jobes, is an evidence based, suicide-focused treatment framework.

Per the CAMS-Care.com website:

“CAMS Framework is first and foremost a clinical philosophy of care. It is a therapeutic framework for suicide-specific assessment and treatment of a patient’s suicidal risk. It is a flexible approach that can be used across theoretical orientations and disciplines for a wide range of suicidal patients across treatment settings and different treatment modalities.

The clinician and patient engage in a highly interactive assessment process and the patient is actively involved in the development of their own treatment plan. Every session of CAMS intentionally utilizes the patient’s input about what is and is not working. All assessment work in CAMS is collaborative; we seek to have the patient be a “co-author” of their own treatment plan.

In terms of CAMS philosophy, the clinician’s honesty and forthrightness are key elements. For any patient teetering between life and death, there can be no more important component of care than direct and respectful candor when suicidal risk is present. The CAMS clinician endeavors to understand their patient’s suffering from an empathetic, non-judgmental, and intra-subjective perspective. The clinician never shames or blames a suicidal person for being suicidal; we endeavor to understand this struggle through the eyes of the suicidal patient.”

CAMS is backed by 30 years of clinical research and 7 published randomized controlled trials. CAMS has been proven to be effective for a wide variety of populations.

For more information, please visit CAMS-Care.com

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT):

Dialectical Behavior Therapy was originally developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan for the treatment of suicidal behaviors and has since been proven to be effective in treating a variety of mental disorders - particularly those that involve serious emotion dysregulation. DBT is an evidence- based, behavior-focused treatment intended to help clients “build a life worth living” while reducing suicidal and self-harming behaviors. DBT provides clients four core skills to manage intense emotions and enhance day-to-day life:

  • Mindfulness
  • Distress Tolerance
  • Emotion Regulation
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness

DBT traditionally includes individual counseling, client participation in a skills group, phone coaching, and clinician consultation. DBT has been proven to be effective for a wide variety of populations.

For more information, please visit DialecticalBehaviorTherapy.com