Behavioral Health Resources for Medical Personnel

New! Online training for medical professionals to help recognize and address behavioral health issues

Online behavioral health training for primary health providers

Fairfax County’s Behavioral Health Online Training Resources for Medical Personnel includes three brief, online training courses. The first two are geared for medical professionals in primary health care, and the third is for behavioral health care professionals.

The online trainings allow participants to enter a virtual environment and assume the role of the medical professional interacting with a patient. Unlike many online trainings, these are interactive and dynamic with actions you choose in order to move the scenario along. You receive real-time feedback during the course of the training on how well you are doing. The courses are available online 24/7, are offered free of charge, and can be done whenever your busy schedule allows. Each training can be completed, if needed, in more than one sitting.

At-Risk in Primary Care online training logo

 At-Risk in Primary Care is a CME-approved* online training simulation that prepares primary health care providers 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 was developed in collaboration with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and is currently utilized in NYC, Maryland, North Dakota, and Oklahoma to train over 10,000 physicians. At-Risk in Primary Care is approved for 1.50 CME AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ and 1.50 ANCC CNE contact hours.

*CME = Continuing Medical Education

At-Risk in the Emergency Department online training logo

At-Risk in the ED is a similar training to the one described above, but geared to hospital emergency department personnel. 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.

Practice Exposure Therapy online training logo

Practice Exposure Therapy is an online learning experience for mental health providers to learn why and how to apply prolonged exposure (PE) therapy with adult patients suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Participants engage in simulated therapy sessions with fully-animated virtual patients who act like real patients suffering from PTSD. Patients include a military veteran, a victim of childhood abuse, and a survivor of sexual assault.

Participants learn to recognize symptoms of PTSD and suitable treatment options; identify patients for whom PE is appropriate; practice conversations with virtual patients to present treatment options, address their concerns and engage them in the treatment; use breathing relaxation techniques with patients; structure and direct in vivo and imaginal exposure; promote patients' full emotional engagement; and practice provider self-care techniques.

Practice Exposure Therapy is approved for 6.0 American Psychological Association (APA) continuing education credits (CE) and was developed by Kognito in collaboration with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

To take one or all of the trainings, visit

You'll need to create an account (first and last name, email address, user name, password). Please select your institution and role from the dropdowns and agree to the site's Terms of Use, then you can create your account. You can then choose the course that you would like to take, select the type of professional credit hours you would like to receive, if any, and launch the course.

Need tech support with the trainings? There's a tech support link within the portal, or email

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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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