Mental Health Triage

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2 Units
Online Self-Paced

Course Description

Become a Leader with Mental Health First Response Awareness - A Fully Online Program

Mental Health Triage is one of five courses in the Mental Health First Response Certificate program. This course assists school employees, volunteers and ancillary staff in determining the nature and severity of a potential mental health problem or emotional distress in a student. Mental health triage is much like traditional medical triage in that you are determining the nature and severity of potential risk to the individual, other students and staff. As a result you will be able to determine the immediacy and type of response required. An emphasis will be placed on action, understanding and compassion.

Course Details

Number of Units: 2.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for K-12 educators, as well as other school professionals, such as school nurses, psychologists, counselors and administrators. Parents and school volunteers can also benefit from this program.

Course Materials: Text, Crisis Intervention Handbook: Assessment, Treatment and Research by Albert Roberts. This book is available at your local bookstore or online at

Technical Requirements


EDU-X791J, Introduction to Mental Health First Response is recommended, but not required, to be completed prior to taking this course.

Course Options

Course Date Units Price
EDU-X793J – 033 Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled 2 $317

Mental Health Triage

Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled
Online Self-Paced
Monica Hubert

Once you have enrolled in your course, log in to your account to access the course Welcome Letter, which includes directions on how to access the Online Orientation and your online course.

What You Will Learn

  • Substantiate the need for school-based mental health triage
  • Determine the nature, severity and immediacy of the required response when a student or students is/are in crisis including an imminent threat, acute distress, sub-acute and/or chronic concerns and associated response protocol
  • Understand the importance of individual versus group mental health issues and the challenges associated with each
  • Recognize chronic, sub-acute mental health concerns among students as well as understand appropriate risk measures and referral outcomes
  • Use appropriate response patterns and protocols to ensure student safety
  • Determine the importance of building a school-based Triage Team as well as how to identify additional resources and areas for future consideration


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The class and entire certificate series is more relevant now than ever before. I’m better prepared for MH emergencies and grateful for this timely training.