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Delivering Evidence-Based Safety Planning and Lethal Means Counseling with High-Risk Clients via Telehealth: Challenges and Opportunities – Venée Hummel, LCSW (she/her)

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In response to a global pandemic that has changed the landscape for virtual mental health care, a clinical expert discusses considerations, strategies, and lessons learned in evidence-based safety planning with high-risk adult and adolescent clients via telehealth through the literature and illustrative case vignettes. This presentation will acknowledge the common challenges providers voice in managing suicide risk via telehealth, while exploring opportunities provided by telehealth to strengthen suicide prevention.


As a result of attending this presentation, participants will be able to:

1. Identify the key elements of crisis response planning and access to lethal means counseling;

2. Name new opportunities created by virtual sessions to manage suicide risk; and

3. Have an increased sense of confidence supporting the implementation of evidence-based safety planning via telehealth.


Social workers engaging in direct practice with adolescents and adults via telehealth; social workers interested in increasing skills in suicide prevention.


Venée Hummel is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and the Assistant Director at the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Centerstone, Clarksville with a specialty focus on combat trauma, military sexual trauma, and suicide prevention. Venée is a national trainer within the Cohen Veterans Network, training all newly hired clinical staff on the foundations of suicide prevention. She also regularly provides training to non-profits and social work students in evidence-based assessment for suicide and safety planning. In addition to clinical work, Venée is a part-time faculty member with the Garland School of Social Work at Baylor University.