Kognito is an online tool that universities all throughout the United States and Maryland are using to help students, faculty, staff, and administrators learn to recognize signs of psychological distress in various student populations. Users will be able to learn how to approach at-risk students and make appropriate referrals to campus support services for screening and assessment. There are various methods used including; online role-play conversations with virtual students. Learners attain hands-on practice managing challenging, and often sensitive, conversations surrounding mental health and master the skills necessary to identify and connect students to help.
MICA has access to three different interactive programs which are; At Risk On-Campus, LGBTQ On Campus, and Veterans On Campus. There are two modules for each category, one for students and one for faculty/staff/administrators. There is strong research support for the effectiveness of these programs!
The At Risk On-Campus module focuses on students experiencing problems such as depression, anxiety, and substance abuse. The LGBTQ on Campus module focuses on how to respond to biased comments, supporting a student who comes out, recognizing signs of psychological distress and how best to connect students to appropriate campus resources and services. The Veterans on campus module focuses on issues affecting student veterans. MICA's student veterans may be few, but they often face unique challenges.
This resource is free to use. Simply go to the Kognito website!