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Digital Seminar

Telehealth: Crisis Management with High Risk Clients

Tele-Behavioral health has quickly shifted from something that some of us use some of the time, to one of the primary ways we will practice for the foreseeable future. And while virtual care is a viable, effective treatment method, there are inherent risks every clinician must know how to address, including how to:

  • Conduct a mental status exam remotely
  • Assess for suicidal ideation and behaviour
  • Respond effectively to risk of suicide and/or violence from a distance
  • Intervene when you suspect your client is under the influence
  • And more!

Please join me in this recording - you will gain insight and build skills for utilizing tele-behavioural health to address these important issues. Purchase today!


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Paul Brasler, MA, LCSW
2 Hours 50 Minutes
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Apr 15, 2020
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Paul Brasler, MA, LCSW, has worked in the social work field for the past 22 years. He is the head of behavioral health for Daily Planet Health Services, a Federally Qualified Health Center that provides comprehensive and integrated healthcare and mental health services (including medication-assisted opioid treatment). Paul is also president of Providence Consulting & Education L.L.C., through which he provides clinical supervision and professional education services.

Paul has extensive experience in working with people with substance use disorders. After finishing school, Paul went to work at an adolescent residential treatment program, where he developed a treatment track for adolescents with substance use disorders. In 2003, he became a senior clinician in the Chesterfield County Juvenile Drug Court and provided individual, family, adolescent group and multifamily group therapies. After working at the drug court for seven years, Paul moved on to conduct psychiatric and substance misuse evaluations in emergency departments in the Greater Richmond, Virginia area. Paul has also served as adjunct faculty in the school of social work at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he developed a graduate course in substance abuse treatment.

Paul has been a PESI presenter since 2016, and he has presented classes on mental health emergencies and high-risk clients across the country. He recently released his first book, High-Risk Clients: Evidence-Based Assessment & Clinical Tools to Recognize and Effectively Respond to Mental Health Crises (PESI Publishing 2019).

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Paul Brasler has employment relationships with the Department of Medical Assistance Services and the Bon Secours Mercy Health System. He is the President of Providence Consulting & Education, LLC. He receives a speaking honorarium and royalties from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-financial: Paul Brasler has no relevant non-financial relationships.

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  1. Complete a basic mental health assessment remotely encompassing mental status, lethality assessment, substance use assessment and trauma.
  2. Determine when to hospitalize clients struggling with suicidal ideation or violent urges and develop protocols for doing so remotely.
  3. Apply coping strategies and support to clients presenting with suicidal ideation by helping to create a safety plan in session.
  4. Assess for risk of client violence towards others and develop strategies to safely intervene as well as effectively carry out the clinician’s duty to protect.


  1. Tele-Behavioral Health: Rules of the Road
    1. Must-know information for transitioning to telehealth
    2. The importance of gaining consent
  2. Client Assessment: Ask the Right Questions
    1. Conducting a mental status exam remotely
    2. Assessing for lethality
  3. The Suicidal Client: Recognize Suicide Risk & Effectively Intervene
    1. Understand risk factors
    2. Interventions
    3. Know when to hospitalize
  4. The Violent Client: Confidently Manage Dangerous Situations
    1. Review risk factors
    2. Duty to Protect
  5. Other areas of concern
    1. How to respond to substance abuse from a distance
    2. Trauma
    3. Documentation

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Case Managers
  • Nurses


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