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Gatekeeper and C-SSRS Training


Gatekeeper training is a term which embodies the practice of educating the TCNJ community on how to recognize, approach, and support a person who may be struggling with mental health issues or might be at risk of suicide. The training developed at TCNJ includes information (data, trends) on the mental health concerns of college students both nationally and specifically at the college, suggestions for how to engage students in a conversation about mental health, college protocols around mental health concerns, local and college resources for mental health related concerns, and suggestions on how to refer students for support and help. The training is generally one hour in length and at the completion of the training, a certificate is awarded. The college encourages all members of the community to take the training every 2-3 years.

Counseling and Prevention Services will offer Gatekeeper Training designed specifically for the Students, Faculty and Staff each semester. Training can also be requested for specific departments or groups on campus.  Both in-person and virtual trainings are available. For those who missed the training or who may want a refresher course on Gatekeeper Training, slides from the training are available online  (see below). Requests for Gatekeeper Training can be made directly to CAPS or by contacting Mark J. Forest, Ph.D. – Assistant Vice President for Health and Wellness / Director of CAPS.   E:   P: (609) 771-2247

2021-2022 Gatekeeper Training for Faculty and Staff

2021-2022 Gatekeeper Training for Students



The Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS) (Screener/Triage Version) is a simple, 6-question assessment of suicidal thinking and behavior to help first responders, faculty and staff identify students in psychological crisis that might need immediate intervention.  The C-SSRS is evidence-based and easy to administer for non-mental health trained campus members.

The TCNJ Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention Task Force offers annual training on the administration of the C-SSRS and by request.  For those who missed the training or who may want a refresher course on the administration of the C-SSRS, there is online training available (see below).


  • The online training module for the C-SSRS can be accessed HERE.
    Under VIDEO DOWNLOADS click on the link for the shorter C-SSRS screener.
  • 19-minute Screener Training by Kelly Posner on youtube can be accessed HERE
  • TCNJ Power Point slides for the C-SSRS training module can be accessed HERE


A handy index card with the C-SSRS questions along with action items can be accessed HERE (Side A), and HERE (Side B).



Counseling and Prevention Services

Eickhoff Hall, Room 107
The College of New Jersey
P.O. Box 7718
2000 Pennington Rd.
Ewing, NJ 08628

609.771.2247 Tel
609.637.5131 Fax


Monday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Thursday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: Closed

Emergency Care

Medical/Emergency and
After-Hours Care Options

Hours are subject to change.
When TCNJ has an emergency closure, CAPS also closes.