At-Risk in Primary Care: Adolescents

At-Risk in Primary Care: Adolescents is an interactive role-play simulation that prepares primary care practitioners to talk with adolescent patients about mental health concerns, address thoughts of suicide, and coordinate referrals or follow-up care.

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Government/Non-Profit and Healthcare

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Healthcare Provider

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Alcohol and Substance Use, Healthcare and Communication Skills, Mental Health & Well-being, and Suicide Prevention

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30 Minutes



As a trusted resource for adolescents and their families, primary care providers are well positioned to identify and intervene in adolescent mental health concerns. Research findings indicate approximately 20% of young people ages 9-17 have a diagnosed mental disorder, yet as many as 70% go undiagnosed and untreated.

Adopted by schools of health professions, state agencies, and professional associations, this online solution helps improve the capacity of health professionals to address mental health and suicidal ideation as part of routine care. In this simulation, users assume the role of a health professional and talk with a virtual adolescent about stress-related symptoms and thoughts of suicide.

The goal of At-Risk in Primary Care: Adolescents is to improve the quality of adolescent mental health Screening and Brief Intervention.

Learning objectives:

  • Integrate mental health in primary care
  • Build rapport with patients using motivational interviewing techniques
  • Broach and normalize the topic of mental health
  • Ask patients about suicidal ideation and assess level of risk
  • Coordinate referrals to treatment or follow-up care

This simulation was developed in collaboration with subject-matter experts and is continuously evaluated for effectiveness. 

Users receive customized feedback based on their in-simulation choices.

The simulation is available online 24/7. Users are asked to complete pre-, post-, and 3-month follow up surveys to assess changes in skills. Attitudes, and behavior. Upon completion, users receive a certificate of completion.  Clients have access to usage reports and evaluation data via the Kognito client portal.

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