If you are using the C-SSRS for research and clinical trials please see our distinct requirements for training.

Training is not required and you do not need any mental health experience to use the Columbia Protocol, however, training is helpful and some options to access training follow.

Options for Training on the Columbia tools

The Columbia Lighthouse Project offers numerous free training options in more than 20 languages. The shortest training takes about 20 minutes, and almost all of them can be completed within an hour. Trainings are not setting specific. Choose the method that works best for you.

Online Options

Tailor Your Training With an Interactive Training Module

The Project collaborated with the Center for Practice Innovations (CPI) Learning Community to develop a new, interactive C-SSRS training module. It can be completed in about 30 minutes but also offers options to access additional resources for more in-depth information.

This module does not work with some releases of Firefox and Internet Explorer; please try Google Chrome if you encounter difficulties.

Notice for New York State behavioral healthcare providers: If you would like to receive credit for this training and have a username and password for the Center for Practice Innovations (CPI) Learning Community please log in here and click on the “Suicide Prevention” icon to get started. If you have any questions, please contact CPI’s help desk (cpihelp@nyspi.columbia.edu).

Watch a Prerecorded Webinar

Watch a webinar on your own schedule by going to the Project’s YouTube channel and selecting an archived webinar. They are available in 30 languages, and are less than an hour long.

Learn and Earn a Certificate on Training Campus

Use Training Campus to access a self-paced tutorial in more than 30 languages. First-time users must register. Training for the full C-SSRS includes a video presentation and eight case studies, and users who complete the case study questions receive a certificate. A separate training for the condensed C-SSRS Screener consists of a 20-minute video only and uses the title ZZ- NOT FOR CLINICAL RESEARCH – Administration Training for 6 – question C-SSRS Screener.

Training Campus does not work with some releases of Internet Explorer; please try Firefox or Google Chrome if you encounter difficulties.

If difficulties persist, please call support at 512-302-3113 or email support@bluecloud.net

Participate in a Live Webinar

Participate in a training in real time to get the latest information and immediate answers to your questions. The Project also may offer webinars on using the C-SSRS in specific settings, such as schools. Return to this page for webinar dates, or contact us to schedule one.

Video Downloads

Download training videos to view on your computer and to copy or burn onto flash drives or CD-ROMs for sharing and group training. There is no limit on the number of downloads and you may embed them in your current training system. The Project provides videos for training in more than 30 languages. For English language training on the full and screener scales click on this link, and then click on the “download” button in the upper-right corner to download it to your desktop (do not try to watch the vido within the dropbox it will end early). A video training on just the shorter C-SSRS screener is also available if you Click on this link. For training in foreign languages look in this folder, select the language you desire and download the training by clicking on the “download” button in the upper right hand corner.

If you encounter difficulties playing media files, please download the VLC media player.


Online training and video downloads are the preferred options, but the Project is happy to mail you a training CD-ROM if necessary. We can provide one per language. Please contact us with your name, mailing address and country, phone number, and desired training language. The Project uses FedEx to provide timely shipments, but please allow for time to process your request.

In-person Training

In certain circumstances it may be possible to provide a training in your location. These usually run 90 min and are not limited in terms of the number of people who can attend. Travel reimbursement is not required but welcomed. Please contact us for more details.


Training certificates are generated automatically only when users register and complete the case study questions on Training Campus. For all other training options, trainees can document completion by printing this Project-signed certificate and filling in their name and completion date.