Extend your REACH by practicing your skills online!
Given that only a small proportion of those students who seriously considered suicide are seen by counselors, the suicide risk for those who are not directly assisted by a counselor remains high. As a strategy for early intervention, it is necessary for members of the campus community to learn to recognize the behaviors exhibited by students experiencing psychological distress. If you have been through our REACH training, this is a great way to get more practice recognizing and engaging with a distressed person. If you have not been through REACH, try out the online module and sign-up for REACH to gain even more knowledge about how to prevent suicide!
Click on the icon below to access the online training module
- In order to participate, you must register for a free account using your @osu.edu email address (e.g., email@example.com instead of firstname.lastname@example.org). When you click the button below, you will be redirected to Kognito’s page. Click Access Training.
- The Ohio State enrollment key is osu41.
- Please note that you may always return to the “My Counseling Center page.” Keep this page handy as it contains many valuable resources.
- Please take the survey in order for your completion of the training to register in the system. Your responses will help Kognito continually improve its training.
- Don’t forget to download your certificate of completion and save it for confirmation that you have participated in this training.
At-Risk is an online, interactive gatekeeper training simulation developed by Kognito and used at more than 100 campuses nationwide. Through a 45-minute avatar-based training, faculty, students, and staff can learn the common indicators of psychological distress and how best to approach an at-risk student for referral to the counseling center. The license for this product has been purchased and made available through University Center for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT), the Office of Student Life, and Undergraduate Education at The Ohio State University.
You will find three versions that you can use:
- At-Risk Peer Training
- At-Risk for Faculty & Staff
- At-Risk for Faculty & Staff (Student Veterans focus)
How It Works
Learners engage in conversations with emotionally responsive student avatars who exhibit signs of psychological distress. In this process, they practice and learn 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
Apart from early intervention, other benefits of the training implicitly relate to:
- Increasing student retention and academic performance
- Reducing the stigma associated with mental illness
- Increasing visibility for campus mental health initiatives
A national study of Kognito At-Risk for University Faculty at 68 universities based on 420 participants who completed the training found a number of benefits, some of which include the following:
- An increase in the number of students that faculty refer to the counseling center.
- An increase in the likelihood that faculty members will approach and, if necessary, refer students exhibiting signs of psychological distress