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How prepared are you to recognize signs of distress in our students? Kognito's simulated training for troubled students allows you to practice interactions and deepen your understanding of the supports available to them.

The "At-Risk for Faculty and Staff" module is designed to help you recognize when a student is exhibiting signs of psychological distress. This 45-minute, on-demand simulation offers the opportunity to manage a conversation with the goal of connecting a distressed student with the appropriate campus support service. After completing the simulation, you will be better equipped to identify warning signs of emotional stress and manage conversations with upset students. You'll also increase your awareness of negative stereotypes and misconceptions about mental distress, and become more familiar with SOU's processes for student referral and mental health support services. See these instructions for creating your Kognito account and accessing the simulation. View systems requirements for Kognito. Email Kognito Support for assistance.

This simulation, which is already in use at hundreds of colleges and universities around the country, was created with input from mental health experts and educators. In a national study of effectiveness, this simulation has been shown to increase the number of student referrals to counseling. It is also listed in the Suicide Prevention Resource Center’s Best Practices Registry and is under review for inclusion in the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices. Grounded in the research-based Motivational Interviewing approach, where the focus is to help someone else be motivated to seek help and solutions, you may find this conversational strategy generally helpful for a wide range of contexts and situations.

Kognito creates digital experiences that prepare people for the conversations that matter most. Their scientists, artists, and technologists use the latest principles behind neuroscience, social cognition, and game mechanics to create simulated conversations with virtual humans where people learn, practice and self-assess their ability to manage conversations that can lead to positive changes in social, emotional, and physical health. Kognito's simulations have been licensed by over 500 leading health, education, nonprofit, and government institutions. The company's science-driven and research-proven approach have made Kognito the only company with health simulations listed in the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP). Learn more at