1.5 Hours | 1.5 CEs

This on-demand professional training program on Tele Mental Health Risk Assessment is presented by Kelly Coker, Ph.D., Karen Roller, Ph.D., and Florence Saint-Jean, Ph.D., in partnership with the Center for m²Health at Palo Alto University.

This training program 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 will provide an overview of assessing 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.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program you will be able to:

  • Describe the 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 level of risk, frameworks for risk assessment, and possible action steps

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

Presented By

Kelly Coker, PhD

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. She has also served on the editorial board of the Journal of Counseling and Development (JCD), the flagship journal for the American Counseling Association. Kelly has also co-edited a book on using family systems approach in applying the DSM-5 to assessment, diagnosis, and treatment planning, and has presented at numerous regional and national conferences.

Karen Roller, PhD

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.

Florence Saint-Jean, 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. Florence also earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Executive Counselor Education and Supervision from Duquesne University; Master of Sciences degree in Mental Health Counseling; and Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and English from the City University of New York, College of Staten Island. Florence is a National Certified Counselor and Approved Clinical Supervisor. Florence oversees GTR’s national and international initiatives. She initiates revenue-driven programs that have a high impact on underrepresented groups. Florence has over a decade worth of experience in social services, counseling, and trauma. Florence's research specialty is treatment efficacy of post-traumatic stress in underrepresented groups, as well as incorporating alternative techniques such as play, music, art, and massage therapy in counseling. Florence's modalities are Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Psychodynamic. Florence also uses her knowledge and experience in the classroom, and serves as an Associate Professor at CUNY Brooklyn College, and Visiting Lecturer at New York University (NYU).
  • Intended Audience

    This self-paced program is intended for mental health and other allied professionals.

  • Experience Level

    This self-paced program is appropriate for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.

  • CE / CPD Credit

    APA, ASWB, CPA, NBCC Click here for state and other regional board approvals.


  • 1


    • Review Before Proceeding

  • 2

    Teletherapy Risk Assessment

    • Lesson 1 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 3

    Role Play

    • Lesson 2 Video

  • 4

    Role Play Debrief

    • Lesson 3 Video

  • 5

    Supplemental Materials

    • 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

  • 6


    • Instructions

    • Evaluation

    • Submission Verification

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  • Convenience & Flexibility

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We are proud to partner with the Center for m²Health at Palo Alto University for this training. The Center for m²Health's goal is to develop, evaluate, and implement mobile mental health technologies to help provide affordable, accessible, and evidence-based mental health care to populations worldwide. They provide populations around the world with transdiagnostic screening tools alongside personalized and guided programs for anxiety, traumatic stress, depression, eating disorders, stress, substance abuse, and suicide prevention. In order to implement these effective programs worldwide, they also provide trainings to clinicians and work with leading institutions in other countries.

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