Kognito is a “science-driven and research-proven approach” in order “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.” Their website is designed to help faculty, staff, and students identify and refer distressed students to the appropriate resources. For the University of Arkansas that is generally Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at the Pat Walker Health Center.

Kognito is a “science-driven and research-proven approach” that creates “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.”  Their website is designed to help faculty, staff, and students identify and refer distressed students to the appropriate resources.  For the University of Arkansas that is generally Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at the Pat Walker Health Center.

According to their website

Kognito creates digital experiences that prepare people for the conversations that matter most. Our 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).

Kognito’s Goals are to

  1. Build skills and motivation to identify, approach and refer students in distress to relevant support services on and off campus.
  2. Reduce stigma about mental disorders and increase recognition that suicide prevention is everyone’s responsibility.
  3. Increase help-seeking behaviors among students and reducing negative attitudes for seeking care.
  4. Building knowledge about on and off campus behavioral health services.

 

Kognito is utilized by more than 300 colleges and universities across the country. Kognito Includes 30-45 minute online training for dealing with issues that At-Risk students, Veterans, LGBTQ may face and provide suicide prevention and gatekeeper training simulations — one for Faculty and Staff, one for Students.

To complete the training and use Kognito, users (UA Campus users only) will need to create an account and use the following enrollment keys:

  • Faculty and Staff:     uarkf479
  • Students:     uarkf

NOTE: KOGNITO is not compatible with Internet Explorer

This content was developed from a presentation by Josette Cline, Director of Counseling and Psychological Services which was sponsored by The Wally Cordes Teaching and Faculty Support Center (TFSC) at the University of Arkansas.

The presentation can be downloaded and viewed as a PDF: TFSC College Student Mental Health: Distressed Students and How to Help Them. (PDF)