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Reduce Suicide, Liability, & Workload in Healthcare and Beyond with The Columbia Protocol

The Columbia Protocol, or C-SSRS, is a few simple questions that anyone can ask, from support staff to loved ones, that empower individuals and communities to find people who are at risk for suicide, connect them to the care they need and prevent tragedies before they happen. The Columbia Protocol has become the gold standard for suicide monitoring and is ubiquitous across the U.S. and worldwide. As policy across all 50 states, national agencies, and most countries, it has helped achieve reductions in suicide across all sectors of society and around the globe.


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Kelly Posner Gerstenhaber, PhD
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Sep 10, 2021
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Continuing Professional Development Certificates - PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This online program is worth 1.0 hours CPD.



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Dr. Kelly Posner Gerstenhaber is a Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University. The President of the American Psychiatric Association noted her work with the Columbia Protocol could be "like the introduction of antibiotics." The U.S. Department of Defense said that her work is "nothing short of a miracle" and stated "her effective model of improving the world will help propel us closer to a world without suicide." The Center for Disease Control noted that her work is "changing the paradigm in suicide risk assessment in the U.S. and worldwide."

Dr. Posner's work has been noted in a keynote speech at the White House and in Congressional hearings, and she made the lead presentation in a forum on school safety at the U.S. Senate in her partnership with the Parkland community. Jim Shelton, Former Deputy Education Secretary of the U.S Department of Education, says her work "has the potential to keep the 64 million children in our schools safe physically and mentally by helping prevent school violence." In Israel, where the protocol is in every school teacher's hands, officials said her work "is not only saving millions of lives, but in Israel it is literally changing the way we live our lives." Through her advocacy, she has helped change local, national and international policy, which in turn has helped achieve reductions in suicide across all sectors of society.

Dr. Posner gave the invited presentation on tackling depression and suicide at the first European Union high level conference on mental health. She was recognized as the Most Distinguished Alumna of her graduate school at Yeshiva University in the past 50 years and was named one of New York magazine's "Most Influential." She has received numerous awards and accolades including the New York State Suicide Prevention Award, the Anel Award of New York's "100 Socially Responsible" and the Anne Vanderbilt Award from Partnership for Children.

The Columbia Protocol s policy across all 50 states, many national agencies and most countries. Dr. Posner was commissioned by the FDA to develop a scientific approach to suicide risk assessment that has become the gold standard for suicide monitoring and is ubiquitous across the U.S. and worldwide. The FDA has characterized her work as "setting a standard in the field" and a lead article in The New York Times called it "one of the most profound changes of the past sixteen years to regulations governing drug development." Her scholarly work has been included in the compendium of the most important research in the history of the study of suicide.

In 2018, Dr. Posner was awarded The Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service for her work saving lives across the nation.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Kelly Posner Gerstenhaber is a clinical professor at Columbia University. She is faculty at the United States Air Force Zero Suicide Academy. Dr. Posner Gerstenhaber is the director for the Columbia Lighthouse Project. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Kelly Posner Gerstenhaber is a board member and scientific review board member of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.


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  1. Investigate how preventative suicide screening models can be used to identify at-risk individuals.
  2. Establish care plans that reduce suicide while allocating resources effectively.
  3. Utilize a systemic best-practice measurement, the C-SSRS, to identify suicidal ideation and behaviour to improve risk identification and safety monitoring.
  4. Implement a comprehensive screening program within an agency.


  • The scope of the global problem and what we need to do to fix it
  • Mitigating Stigma and promoting help-seeking
  • Knocking down the barriers of fear and liability
  • Evidence for Universal Screening and a Public Health Approach with the C-SSRS

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Therapists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Case Managers
  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Other Mental Health Professionals


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