Suicide, Risk Assessment, & Treatment Planning via Tele-Mental Health

Presented By John Sommers-Flanagan, PhD | Karen Roller, PhD | Florence Saint-Jean, PhD | Kelly Coker, PhD
John Sommers-Flanagan, PhD Karen Roller, PhD Florence Saint-Jean, PhD Kelly Coker, PhD

5 Hours | 5 CEs

This on-demand professional training program on Suicide, Risk Assessment, & Treatment Planning via Tele-Mental Health is presented by Florence Saint-Jean, Ph.D., John Sommers-Flanagan, Ph.D., Kelly Coker, Ph.D., and Karen Roller, Ph.D. This badge-earning program can be shared digitally on platforms like LinkedIn or your resume and counts towards a certificate. Enroll in this program to earn credit towards Foundations of Digital Mental Health Certificate and share your new digital credentials with prospective employers and colleagues.

This program is part of a collection of programs designed to lead to a Foundation for Digital Mental Health. It can also be taken as a stand-alone learning module. This program provides an overview of how to assess the potential risk of suicide in tele-mental health counseling. Risk assessment a distance, actions to take following a 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.

Intended Audience

This on-demand professional training program is intended for mental health and other allied professionals

Experience Level

This on-demand professional training program is appropriate for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.

CE / CPD Credit

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Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program 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 Assessmentinstruments 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

John Sommers-Flanagan, PhD

John Sommers-Flanagan is a professor of counseling at the University of Montana, a clinical psychologist, and author or co-author of over 100 publications, including nine books, numerous professional video trainings with, Alexander Street Press, and John Wiley & Sons. Some of h...

Presented By

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 pre...

Presented By

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 suppor...

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 intervent...

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