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Risk Assessment

Presented by Kris Velasco, LCSW

Presenter Bio

Kris Velasco, LCSW has been working at Kaiser Permanente in the Psychiatry Department since 2001, first in South Sacramento and then in Union City. During her time at Kaiser Permanente, she started working in the Adult Psychiatry Department providing outpatient therapy and doing triage work. When she started to have a family, she moved directly into ED consultation and clinic crisis work. During this time, from 2007 to 2015, she focused exclusively on doing risk evaluations in both the Fremont and Hayward Emergency Departments and in the Union City clinic. In 2015, Kris joined the Intensive Outpatient Program in Union City and continues to provide ED assessments as needed. She also maintains a small private practice and tries to be as active as her teens will let her be in their lives.

It can be stressful to make decisions about hospitalizing a patient. This class provides information on how to assess for risk and make an appropriate decision about the level of care a patient needs. The risk issues addressed includes suicidal and homicidal thinking as well as assessing for grave disability. At the end of this class, participants will have increased knowledge about conducting a thorough and thoughtful crisis evaluation.

Course Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Recall appropriate steps of an effective crisis evaluation
  2. Illustrate confidence and competence on conducting crisis evaluations for suicidal, homicidal, and gravely disabled individuals
  3. Explain possible dispositions, including alternatives to hospitalization
  4. Underline the importance of corroborative information with family, staff
  5. Reference knowledge of and access to resources in conducting crisis evaluations

Instructional Level


Licensed mental health professionals employed through Kaiser Permanente and psychological assistants performing under supervision of a licensed psychologist.

This CE program is free to Kaiser Permanente employees.

Instructional Methodology

On-line Presentation

Continuing Education Information

Kaiser Permanente Northern California Mental Health Training Program is approved by the California Psychological Association to provide continuing professional education for psychologists. The Kaiser Permanente Northern California Mental Health Training Program maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Refund and Attendance Policy

All programs offered on KP Learn for CE credit through the KP Northern California Mental Health Training website are free of charge to Kaiser Permanente Staff and trainees. Once a course is selected in the KP NCAL MH Training Website, the registration process begins, and it will appear in the individuals KP Learn profile for completion within 90 days.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Those who attend the program in full and complete the appropriate evaluation form will receive CE credits. Please note that credit will only be granted to those who attend the entire program. An attestation of attendance will be given once the individual has completed viewing the program, which will then initiate the final steps of completing the evaluation forms to receive a certificate of completion.

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