At-Risk in the Emergency Department is an online training simulation that prepares hospital emergency department personnel to:
- Screen patients for mental health and substance abuse disorders,
- Perform brief interventions using motivational interviewing techniques, and
- Refer patients to treatment.
The learning experience is structured around a series of interactive, dynamic clinical scenarios in which participants engage in role-play practice conversations with virtual patients, choosing actions to move the scenario along and receiving real-time feedback.
In the course of the training, participants learn to:
- Recognize risk factors and warning signs of alcohol and substance use disorders, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and suicidal thoughts;
- Screen patients using evidence-based tools;
- Apply motivational interviewing tactics to build patients’ trust and increase adherence;
- Engage in collaborative treatment planning with patients;
- Apply best practices in follow-up care; and
- Reduce liability through proper documentation.
The simulation is currently utilized in Arizona and North Dakota to train the personnel of over 100 hospitals. At-Risk in the ED is approved for 1.50 CME AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ and 1.50 ANCC CNE contact hour.
*CME = Continuing Medical Education