Kognito "At-Risk" Gate Keeper Training

Help A Stressed Student


Kognito Training Opportunities for
Faculty, Staff, Administrators, and Students

As many as one in five students suffer from a mental disorder that may threaten their well-being or academic performance. Suicide is the leading cause of student mortality among college students. Training everyone on campus to identify, approach, and refer students in psychological distress is an effective strategy for strengthening the safety net for all students. 

In order to help address these concerns, the Counseling Division has adopted 6 fully interactive, avatar based training simulations to help faculty, staff, administrators, and students build skills through role play.  3 trainings are specific for faculty, staff, & administrators and 3 are specifically designed for students.  Users engage in conversations with emotionally responsive student avatars who exhibit signs of psychological distress, including anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideation. In this process, the user practices and learns to use open-ended questions, reflective listening, and other motivational interviewing techniques to effectively:

  • Broach the topic of psychological distress
  • Discuss their concern with the student
  • Avoid common pitfalls such as attempting to diagnose the problem or giving unwarranted advice.  

Key Features for All 6 Trainings:

  • Online, 24/7 accessibility
  • Train at your own pace 
  • Save progress and complete later
  • Interactive role play
  • Earn 1.5 hours of professional development
  • Trainings can be completed in 1 hour or less
  • Engaging skill based curriculum
  • Personalized feedback
  • Customized local resources page
  • Certificate of completion at end of each training

Professional Development is Available for Faculty - Must complete Individual Activity Report Form.

Extra Credit is Available for Students  Link to Extra Credit Assignment Template

  • Students, please ask your professor if they are participating in Kognito At-Risk training.
  • Professors, please note this is a word document which can be modified to suit your specific course requirements.

Institutional Benefits

  • Promote early intervention
  • Increase student retention and academic performance
  • Reduce the stigma associated with mental illness
  • Supplement and create visibility for campus mental health initiatives
  • Develop learners communication and intervention skills