5 Hours | 5 CEs

This on-demand training program on Suicide, Risk Assessment, & Treatment Planning via Tele-Mental Health is presented by Florence Saint-Jean, PhD, John Sommers-Flanagan,PhD, Kelly Coker, PhD, Karen Roller, PhD.

This course is part of a collection of courses designed to lead to a Certificate in Foundations of Digital Mental Health. It can also be taken as a stand-along learning module. This course provides an overview of how to assess the potential risk of suicide in tele-mental health counseling. Risk assessment at a distance, actions to take following risk assessment, and legal and licensure implications will be explored. Suicide assessment and treatment planning is difficult and stressful in-person, and arguably even more difficult and stressful via tele-mental health. The discussion focuses on relevant research literature, as well as the pros and cons of supplementing standardized assessment instruments with interactive interviews when using a tele-mental health platform.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Describe a strengths-based approach to suicide assessment and treatment

  • Describe and analyze an interactive tele-mental health interviewing strategy for suicide assessment and treatment planning

  • Describe and critique standardized suicide assessment instruments that can be used via tele-mental health

  • Describe initial steps to mitigate risk in tele-mental health including intake, initial assessment, and informed consent

  • Describe the legal and licensure considerations for suicide risk assessment for tele-mental health

  • Describe how to respond to suicide risk concerns as they arise in tele-mental health, including determining the level of risk, frameworks for risk assessment, and possible action steps

  • Describe an integrated understanding of the suicide risk assessment process which incorporates the use of professional consultation

Presented by

Florence Saint-Jean, PhD
John Sommers-Flanagan, PhD
Karen Roller, PhD
Kelly Coker, PhD
Florence a.k.a Dr. Flo founded Global Trauma Research because she trusts that anyone can get through a traumatic event with the right support. She believes her purpose is to be used by God and through leadership, help people attain their goals by means of prayer, education, counseling, and support. Florence obtained a post-doctorate certificate at Harvard Medical School in Global Mental Health: Trauma & Recovery.  John Sommers-Flanagan is a professor of counseling at the University of Montana, a clinical psychologist, and author or coauthor of over 100 publications, including nine books, numerous professional video trainings with Psychotherapy.net, Alexander Street Press, and John Wiley & Sons. Some of his books, co-written with his wife Rita, include Tough Kids, Cool Counseling, Clinical Interviewing.
Karen Roller works in Counselor Education at Palo Alto University. Karen does research in mental health outreach for the underserved with Spanish-speaking migrant families in California, and lay trauma resolution training in Haiti. She is currently focusing on attachment-based parent-involvement preschool counseling, and Phase 2 of 3 in program development for Global Trauma Research's Haiti Trauma Project.
Dr. Kelly Coker, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Counseling Department at Palo Alto University and is a licensed professional counselor (#4490) in North Carolina. Kelly has conducted research and published findings in refereed journals related to substance abuse prevention and intervention, clinical training and supervision, the use of play in counseling and supervision, and the importance of program evaluation and assessment in counseling.

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  • Intended Audience

    This on-demand webinar is intended for mental health and other allied professionals.

  • Experience Level

    This on-demand webinar is appropriate for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.

  • CE / CPD Credit

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Course curriculum

  • 1


    • Review Before Proceeding

  • 2

    Tele-Mental Health Risk Assessment

    • Lesson 1 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

    • Lesson 2 Video

    • Lesson 3 Video

    • C-SSRS- Communities and Healthcare

    • C-SSRS- Screening

    • Commitment to Life Agreement

    • Crisis Assessment Forms

    • References and Resources in Telemental Health

    • Safety Protocol

    • Scoring and Data Analysis Guide

    • Shneidman Psychache Protocol Draft

    • Suicide Prevention Lifeline Safety Plan

    • C-SSRS Lifeline Crisis Center Version

    • Rural Status Suicide Ideation Telemental Health

    • VA safety plan

  • 3

    Suicide Assessment & Treatment Planning via Tele-Mental Health

    • Lesson Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 4


    • Instructions

    • Evaluation

    • Submission Verification

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