Kognito

At-Risk for Higher Ed

At-Risk for Faculty and Staff and At-Risk for Students and RAs are two of the most popular gatekeeper training programs on U.S higher education campuses. In these under 45-minute trainings, learners engage in simulated conversations with virtual students exhibiting signs of psychological distress and suicidal ideation. In the process, users learn to recognize warning signs and use motivational interviewing tactics such as asking open-ended questions and reflective listening to build trust and motivate the student to seek help. To complete the training, learners must successfully  identify and refer the at-risk virtual student to support services. Through these behavioral rehearsal exercises, users come to internalize the targeted skills and build the confidence and motivation to apply them in real life situations.