Are you a faculty/staff member on campus that has noticed drastic and extreme changes in one of your students? Has the student been showing signs of distress and been struggling more than usual in school? What can you do to help this student? Situations like these can be very tricky to approach and may be uncomfortable. How do you approach this student without trying to offend them? Kognito Training can help! Kognito is online course that offers verified research training stimulations used to prepare staff, educators, and students to realize when an individual is showing signs of psychological distress and how to achieve a conversation with the individual and connect them with the appropriate support they need. This interactive course engages real life conversations with virtual humans. It helps prepare you on how to approach the situation in which a student may need support and how to ask the right questions to avoid pitfalls. The conversations range from a wide variety of issues such as behavioral health, suicide prevention, chronic disease, substance abuse, and brief interventions. A training like this is imperative because it educates you on how to realize when a student is in desperate need of your help. The training is only 30 minutes long and within this time period you can really grasp a better understanding on how to deal with students that are in distress.
This training program is offered for students too! College is rollercoaster of emotions and life can get really overwhelming. If you notice your close friend has been struggling lately in school, consuming more alcohol, or just seems different, this program assists you in how to deal with this serious situation. It answers questions such as how do I know when a friend needs help? How do I talk to a friend I am worried about? Its advices you how to begin the conversation by saying soft statements such as “I feel” or “I think” instead of directly accusing your friend of the issue. Life in college can get crazy and may be unbearable for students. It is so important to know how you can help your friend and refer them to see the support they need at the UNH Counseling Center.
Access to the Kognito training for both faculty/staff and students for UNH can be found here.
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