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CareLine: Worried About Someone?: Helping Third Party Callers (Recorded) is a Course

CareLine: Worried About Someone?: Helping Third Party Callers (Recorded)

1.5 credits


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Course Description 

This free,1.5-hour training features one module with an edited recording of a live CareLine Development Training series session that was first held as a Zoom Webinar on May 12th, 2023. 

This 90-minute course helps participants learn how to help third party callers: family members or friends of a person who is in crisis. This course discusses some of the unique experiences of individuals who have a loved one with disorders or mental health concerns, such as substance use disorder, depression, anxiety, mania, hoarding, psychosis, or suicidal ideation. The course also discusses how ACEs apply when it comes to third party callers and reviews the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline's guidance for responding effectively to third party callers. Participants also learn and practice 4 techniques to use to help support family and friends of someone who is experiencing a crisis.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify 5 stages of progression for family, friends, and other third party callers when their loved one is in crisis.
  • Discuss unique experiences for those whose loved ones have disorders/mental health concerns, including substance use disorder, depression, mania, anxiety, hoarding, psychosis, and suicide.
  • Describe how ACEs apply in situations with third party callers and apply the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline's guidance for speaking with third party callers. 
  • Identify resources for family and friends.
  • Recognize how to help a third party caller shift the focus from other to self and identify 4 specific techniques to help a third party caller. 

Continuing Education Information

  • Classifications
    • One and a half (1.5) CE clock hours
    • Content Level: Beginner
    • Meets requirements for OCSWMFT Board
    • Meets requirements for OCDP Board in
      • Prevention: P6 - Professional Growth & Responsibility for Prevention Professionals
      • Treatment: C8 - Treatment Planning
  • Course Format & Completion Requirements
    • This course is asynchronous with one module created from a recording of a live training. 
  • Certificate & Reporting 
    • Once your evaluation/feedback survey is submitted, ScarletCanvas-Catalog will generate your CE certificate/certificate of attendance for download and/or print
    • CE hours will be reported to CE Broker within 30-days for OCSWMFTB and OCDP licensees who provide their full license numbers with their course evaluation/feedback survey.

The Ohio State University College of Social Work, (Provider: RCST111747), is an approved provider for The State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist (OCSWMFT) Board

The Ohio State University College of Social Work, (Provider: 50-24068), is an approved provider for The Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals (OCDP) Board.

Don't see your licensing board or certifying entity/agency listed as an approved CE provider above? Please contact your licensing board or certifying entity/agency directly to find out if they will accept CE clock hours awarded by OSU College of Social Work.

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We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to engage fully. If you require an accommodation to participate in this course, please contact CSW Accessibility as early as possible and in advance of the training start date by email at or call 614-688-1657.

Requests received at least 14-days prior to the event will generally allow us to provide seamless access, but the College will make every effort to meet requests that we receive regardless of lead time.

Complaint, Refund, No-Show, & Cancellation Policies

We are committed to providing an optimal learning experience for our course participants. However, we recognize that on occasion something unexpected may occur that would keep you from attending a training, or that there may be an instance that requires us to review circumstances that have caused concern for a participant, an instructor, or both. Please visit our Complaint, Refund, No-Show, & Cancellation Policies for more information on this process.

Contact Us

The Ohio State University, College of Social Work, Office of Continuing Education, 302 Stillman Hall, 1947 College Road, Columbus OH, 43210. Phone: (614) 292-3032. Email: Website:

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