Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Emergency - 703-573-5679 Detox - 703-502-7000 (24/7)

TTY 711

8221 Willow Oaks Corporate Drive
Fairfax, Virginia 22031

Daryl Washington,
Executive Director

At-Risk in the Emergency Department online training

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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.

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*CME = Continuing Medical Education



About the training provider – Fairfax County has contracted with Kognito, a leader in online and mobile learning experiences for our online youth suicide prevention training. Kognito’s online courses use role-play conversations with virtual humans to prepare users to effectively manage challenging conversations about health. Several empirical studies have shown that Kognito simulations result in statistically significant and sustainable changes in user's attitudes, skills, and behaviors.
Privacy of information on Kognito website – In some of their sites, Kognito collects personally identifiable information, like names, postal addresses, email addresses, etc., to allow users to open an individual, password-protected account to access the site and content. Kognito will not sell, give or rent your name or any other part of the information you provide to other parties. Kognito uses return email addresses to provide you with information about your account, progress in the course, and optional and anonymous surveys. Read Kognito’s Privacy Policy for complete information.
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