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1 Faculty Training Identifying and Referring Students in Psychological Distress University Center for the Advancement of Teaching Counseling and Consultation Service The Ohio State University

2 1,350 suicides per year, 2 nd leading cause of death for college students Almost 10% seriously considered suicide in the past 12 months 1.4% say they actually attempted suicide Almost 80% of todays students that commit suicide arent seen by a counselor Psychological distress can also compromise students academic achievements affecting their ability to stay in school. © 2010 Kognito Interactive. All Rights Reserved. This means that approximately 5,600 students on the Columbus campus have seriously considered suicide in the past year Student Mental Health If you are a faculty or adjunct, its nearly certain that you teach students who are at-risk for psychological distress.

3 Research-based approach for reducing youth suicide Teaches techniques for identifying and approaching distressed students in order to take appropriate action, such as making a referral to the school counselor A gatekeeper is someone who has significant contact with students and, therefore, is ideally situated to notice warning signs of psychological distress Potential Gatekeepers: Faculty, Adjuncts, TAs, Staff, Campus Safety Benefits: Reduce youth suicide by promoting early intervention Reduce stigma associated with emotional distress Increase academic performance and student retention What is Gatekeeper Training? © 2010 Kognito Interactive. All Rights Reserved.

4 At-Risk Gatekeeper Training © 2010 Kognito Interactive. All Rights Reserved. Online, 24/7 accessibility Available to all faculty and staff Includes simulated conversations with at- risk student avatars Built-in program assessment and tracking Features: Materials for on-campus promotion Utilized by 75+ institutions, listed in SPRC Best Practices Registry, and evaluated in a national study.

5 Learning objectives derived from best practices allowing faculty and staff to: Learning Objectives 1.Learn to recognize the common signs of psychological distress 2.Approach students with greater skill and confidence 3.Effectively refer students to the campus counseling center 4.Learn about own college specific counseling center and referral process © 2010 Kognito Interactive. All Rights Reserved.

6 1.Assume the role of a faculty member who is concerned about five of his students, three of whom are at-risk and need to be referred. 2.Analyze profiles of the five virtual students. 3.Engage in simulated conversations with the ones you suspect are at-risk and, if necessary, refer them to the campus counseling center. 4.Learn about our schools counseling center Learning Experience © 2010 Kognito Interactive. All Rights Reserved. Course is completed once user speaks with the 3 at-risk students

7 Step 1: The Classroom Users assume the role of a faculty member named Professor Hampton, who is concerned about five of his students, three of which are at-risk for mental distress and need to be referred © 2010 Kognito Interactive. All Rights Reserved.

8 Symptoms exhibited by student avatars correlate to the most common and severe psychological illnesses among young adults: Step 1: The Classroom © 2010 Kognito Interactive. All Rights Reserved.

9 Step 2: Examine Student Profiles Users can click on any student for more information, such as changes in their academics, behavior, and appearance © 2010 Kognito Interactive. All Rights Reserved.

10 Step 3: Talk to Students Users engage in conversations with the student avatars. Practice and learn to use open- ended questions, reflective listening and other motivational interviewing techniques to effectively: 1. Broach the topic of psychological distress 2. Motivate the student to seek help 3. Avoid common pitfalls such as attempting to diagnose the problem or giving unwarranted advice © 2010 Kognito Interactive. All Rights Reserved.

11 The learner controls the conversation by choosing what topic to brings up and what specific things to say. Learners receive instant feedback through the students verbal responses and body language … © 2010 Kognito Interactive. All Rights Reserved. Step 3: Talk to Students

12 … as well as encouragement and constructive criticism on their decisions from a virtual coach. Critical errors lead to immediate corrective feedback as well as the opportunity to undo and correct their decision © 2010 Kognito Interactive. All Rights Reserved. Step 3: Talk to Students

13 Step 4: Summary Feedback Upon concluding each conversation, users receive narrated and animated feedback, which includes an analysis of the student and a review of their symptoms in class and in conversation. © 2010 Kognito Interactive. All Rights Reserved.

14 National Study Study at 72 universities between May – December 2009: 91% said they had at least one student in their class who concerned them © 2010 Kognito Interactive. All Rights Reserved.

15 Efficacy Results (1) Changes in Perception and Motivation 86% reported increase in the likelihood that they will approach and refer students 83% reported an increased awareness that identifying and referring students is part of their role 93% were easily convinced to take the training © 2010 Kognito Interactive. All Rights Reserved.

16 Efficacy Results (2) Changes in Knowledge and Skill 89% reported they are better prepared to identify, approach and refer students in mental distress 83% reported they are more confident in their ability to help a suicidal student. © 2010 Kognito Interactive. All Rights Reserved.

17 Efficacy Results (3) Effectiveness of Instructional Approach 97% reported the simulated conversations were realistic representations of conversations they had with at-risk students. 96% would recommend At-Risk to their colleagues Download Complete Report at: © 2010 Kognito Interactive. All Rights Reserved.

18 Accessing the Course: Steps 1-2 Step 1: go to Required if user doesnt enter their school Step 2: Once user clicks on Create My Account they receive an to confirm account. They must click on the confirmation link within that to access the course. Technical support to all users by Kognito

19 © 2010 Kognito Interactive. All Rights Reserved. Step 3: Click on Launch Course Print certificate of completion Take survey after course completion View information about our counseling center Accessing the Course: Step 3

20 © 2010 Kognito Interactive. All Rights Reserved. View Course 45-minute, saves users progress, follow-up survey Accessing the Course: Step 4

21 Contact Info Any Questions? University Center for the Advancement of Teaching


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