Educator Blog

Information and inspiration for thought-leaders in mental wellness and education

Our blog features a variety of content from the latest trends and social issues impacting education, to interviews with subject matter experts and clients who are successfully using Kognito products. Additionally, we also feature cutting edge research from our in-house team related to student and athlete mental health, product efficacy and cultivating resiliency after trauma. Check in weekly for the latest blog updates.

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Strategies for Supporting Student Well-being on Campus this Fall

As higher education leaders prepare for students to return to campus this fall, the spotlight continues to shine on mental health awareness. Here are 6 ways higher education leaders can effectively address students’ emotional well-being.

Getting Back-to-School Ready and Addressing the Mental Health Needs of Students

Students are about to return to the classroom. Here’s a look at how schools and districts across the country are supporting student mental and emotional health this fall.

Webinar Recap: Effective Communication Skills That Support the College Experience

Recently, we held a webinar to discuss how effective communication skills support students’ college experience. Read for highlights and find where to watch the full recording if you missed it.

Tools and Tips: How to Help Transition a First Year Student Successfully to College

Prior to the first semester, it’s vital that faculty, staff, orientation leaders, and directors build a connection with incoming students to create a foundation for success. Here are some tools and tips on how to ensure incoming students can successfully transition to college life.

Webinar Recap: Teach Lifelong Communication Skills Through Practice-Based Learning

We recently held a webinar with a panel of experts discussing mental health and the lifelong communication skills that educators and students need in order to thrive both in and out of the classroom. Continue reading for highlights and find where to watch the full webinar.

Tending to Children’s Mental Health During Summer Break

It’s that time of year again! Students are out for summer vacation. Here are some ways parents and caregivers can help their children during summer break to keep their mental health on track and get them ready to transition back to school in the fall.

Kognito Updates: New Content Delivery Offerings for School Districts and Universities

Kognito Campus 2.0 is here! Hear from Merideth Tumasz, Product Manager for Platforms, to learn more about Kognito’s implementation offerings, new Learning Management System (LMS), and the benefits this will provide clients.

The 4 Steps of Motivational Interviewing

Motivational Interviewing (MI) plays an important role when it comes to discussing mental health or positive decision-making with children, teens, and adults. Use the acronym OARS to remember the 4 steps of MI.

5 Ways Educators and Faculty Can Help Support LGBTQ+ Students

School districts, colleges, and universities can make a meaningful difference in supporting students and prevention bias. In this blog, find 5 ways educators and faculty can support LGBTQ+ students.

Dr. Julie Allison Sheds Light on What Teen Dating Violence Looks Like

Dr. Julie Allison, Professor and Director of the Office of Violence Response and Prevention at Pittsburg State University, sheds light on the warning signs of dating violence and abusive personalities, the importance of an educator’s role in identifying abusive relationships, and advice and resources for teen victims.

Kognito Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary

Kognito is proud to look back on all we have accomplished and the impact our products have had on students’ and educators’ lives over the past 20 years. Learn more about Kognito’s story and check out our 20-year timeline in this blog post.

Leverage Grant Funding Opportunities to Support School and Districts Mental Health Initiatives

For 20 years, Kognito has assisted dozens of schools and districts in navigating the funding process and understanding how our products align to local and federal grants. Read for highlights of our 2023 PK-12 Funding Guide and find where to download the full guide.

Series of Interviews Presents Current Trends and Perspectives on Issues for Higher Education

We’ve curated a series of compelling interviews from experienced product collaborators and subject matter experts to present trends, data, and perspectives on current topics in higher education. Read for highlights of our Higher Education Expert Series and where to download the full PDF.

Mental Health Awareness: What PK–12 Districts and Colleges Are Doing to Improve Student and Educator Mental Health

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Learn what these districts and colleges are proactively doing to support student and faculty mental health.

Current Trends and Perspectives Impacting PK–12 Education

We recently launched our PK-12 Expert Series, a series of interviews from subject matter experts about current trends in education as well as diverse perspectives on topics impacting elementary, middle, and high schools. Read for highlights and to download the full series.

Why Practice Makes Perfect When Learning the Three Ds of Bystander Intervention

Teaching bystander skills is important, but it’s essential to give students the opportunity to practice these skills. Read to learn more about how practicing the three Ds of bystander intervention increases students’ confidence in real-life situations.

Highlights From The 2023 NASPA Annual Conference

Recently, Kognito exhibited at the 2023 NASPA Annual Conference in Boston, Massachusetts. Read for highlights of this year’s conference!

2023 Funding Opportunities for Higher Education

For 20 years, Kognito has assisted dozens of colleges and universities in understanding how our products align to local and federal grants. Read this blog for highlights from our 2023 Higher Education Funding Guide and find out where to download the full guide.

Resiliency, Growth Perspective, and Failing Forward: A Q&A with Associate Superintendent Jeff McCoy

Jeff McCoy, Associate Superintendent for Academics at Greenville County Schools and subject matter expert in the development of our product “Teaching Resiliency & Growth for Educators” shares his expertise about the importance of providing educators with the tools and knowledge to help students navigate stress, uncertainty, adversity, and trauma.

Building Skills to Reduce Alcohol Misuse Among Students on College Campuses: Webinar Recap

In our most recent webinar, we reviewed recent efficacy data, discussed strategies for reducing alcohol misuse on campus, and presented a brief demo of our training for students entitled “Alcohol & Other Drugs.” Read for highlights of the webinar and where to find the full recording.

Practice-based Training Builds Awareness and Skills Relating to Teen Dating Violence

Teen dating violence has become a growing epidemic that affects millions of youths in the United States. Learn more about our new training that gives educators the knowledge and skills to identify the different forms of dating violence and gain the confidence to have a trauma-informed disclosure conversation with a student.

Kognito Embraces Equity This International Women’s Day

This year’s campaign theme for International Women’s Day is #EmbraceEquity. The Kognito team is passionate about this theme and started a conversation around embracing equity and why gender equity creates a gender equal world. Read to see what we had to say.

Bullying in Today’s Academic and Social Environment: A Q&A With Educator Kerri Geesey

We recently spoke with Kerri Geesey, third-grade teacher at Wallenpaupack Area School District and subject matter expert in the development of Friend2Friend: Bullying Prevention. Read for insights on bullying prevention in today’s academic and social environment.

What Educators Need to Know About Dating Violence: Webinar Recap

We recently held a webinar exploring the topic of teen dating violence and the role educators play in understanding and identifying relationship abuse. Read for highlights and where to find the full webinar recording.

New Friend2Friend Simulation Develops Key Skills in Identifying and Preventing Bullying

According to the CDC, 1 in 5 students reported being bullied on school property. Learn more about our new product for students, Friend2Friend: Bullying Prevention, and how it helps to build safe and inclusive school climates.

Friend2Friend: Resiliency & Growth Teaches Life-long Skills with Measurable Impact

We’re excited to announce the release of a new training program joining our products for students, Friend2Friend: Resiliency & Growth. Learn more about this simulation and the importance for learning these skills to set the foundation for improved outcomes both academically and socially.

Protecting our Youth from Abuse, to Neglect, & Trafficking:
A Conversation with Youth Protection Advocate Carissa Coons

With the release of our product Protecting Our Youth, we’ve had many discussions with professionals on the importance of training that teaches skills in identifying, preventing, and reporting child abuse, neglect and trafficking. Check out this interview with youth protection advocate and subject matter expert Carissa Coons for more insight.

6 Ways to Improve Mental Health on Campus

Higher education leaders: Discover 6 tips to improve mental health on campus, and learn about an engaging way to support student well-being through our Mental Health Suite.

Increase in Substance Use Around Finals?

Many students will spend long hours studying, and some will turn to prescription drugs to help. Here’s a look at the current state of prescription drug misuse on campuses and what educators and higher education leaders can do to combat the growing issue.

How Can Your District Help Students Thrive According to Their Unique Potential?

Learn more about our new product Teaching Resiliency & Growth for Educators and how it can help students in and out of the classroom to identify and manage their goals, setbacks, and successes.

Case Study: Houston Area School District Uses Kognito to Train Over 8,000 Educators

Learn more about how Alief Independent School District adopted several Kognito simulations to improve the mental health and wellness of their educators and students.

Bullying from an Educator’s Perspective: A Conversation with Sharon Stevens of Cleveland Metro Schools

Read for insights from our conversation with Sharon Stevens on how educators, parents/caregivers, and students can address and prevent bullying on and off school grounds.

New Training Helps Teachers Identify, Prevent & Report Child Abuse, Neglect, & Human Trafficking

Learn more about our newly released professional development training on identifying, preventing, and reporting child abuse, neglect, and trafficking.

Support Veterans and Children of Military Families Through Virtual Simulation

As we reflect on this Veterans Day, we must consider and appreciate the challenges faced by veterans, student veterans, and military-connected youth. In this blog, we’ve outlined our products for faculty and students that improve military cultural competency.

Dr. Troy Seppelt Talks Sexual Misconduct Prevention for Faculty & Staff

In this interview, subject matter expert Dr. Troy Seppelt sheds light on the importance of sexual misconduct training for higher education faculty and staff and his contributions and thoughts about our new prevention program.

5 Bullying Prevention Strategies for Schools

October is Bullying Prevention Month, serving as a reminder that we all play an important role supporting students who may be experiencing bullying. Here are 5 bullying prevention strategies districts and schools can implement to address the widespread issue.

Case Study: Texas School District Uses Kognito to Support Student Well-being

In 2021, Fort Worth ISD adopted several Kognito products to provide professional development training opportunities for educators to better equip them to support the needs of students. Read here for highlights of what we found.

Moving Beyond Compliance: Webinar Recap

Read for highlights of our latest webinar discussing our compliance-based Sexual Misconduct Prevention Suite for faculty, staff and students.

Student Athletes and Mental Health: Webinar Recap

Read here for some highlights from our latest webinar about student athletes and mental health and find out where to watch the full webinar.

Strategies for Destigmatizing the Conversation Around Suicide Prevention

There are many steps an individual can take to help combat the stigma around mental health conditions and suicide. In this infographic, we’ve outlined 8 ways you can help destigmatize the conversation around suicide prevention.

Combating teacher burnout: self-care strategies for educators

Learn why self-care is beneficial for both teachers and their students, and discover 7 actionable self-care strategies for teachers to prevent and reverse burnout.

Does your OSHA-compliant bloodborne pathogens training need a refresh?

Learn more about Bloodborne Pathogens, our new online OSHA-compliant training program in bloodborne pathogen education.

Shining a Light on Suicide Prevention: Resources for those Experiencing Distress

September is Suicide Prevention Month. Read for more vital resources and information to raise awareness for suicide prevention.

Should colleges rethink Sexual Misconduct Prevention for faculty and staff?

Coming Soon: Kognito’s new training solution, Sexual Misconduct Prevention for Faculty & Staff, rethinks traditional training and helps institutions meet legal requirements while keeping learners engaged.

New Suicide & Crisis Lifeline: 988

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline has been updated to a three-digit number, 988. Continue reading to learn everything you need to know about the new Suicide & Crisis Lifeline.

Why Kognito?

From PK-12 through higher education, Kognito provides dynamic, experiential learning proven to change student lives. Continue reading to learn more about Kognito and how our approach to learning has greatly impacted PK-12 schools and higher education institutions.

Foster an Inclusive Campus Community with Role-Play Simulation

July is BIPOC Mental Health Month. Continue reading for more information on BIPOC mental health and how Kognito helps faculty gain the awareness, knowledge, and skills to engage across differences with integrity and empathy through our program Cultivating Inclusive Communities.

Virtual trainings provide upstream violence prevention in schools

Kognito’s Violence Prevention Suite takes a unique and comprehensive approach to addressing school violence. Keep reading to learn why violence prevention isn’t just a teacher’s role, and explore our suite of online simulations that bring the entire school community in alignment to help combat school violence.

Professional development to help educators support LGBTQ+ students

Pride Month is an opportunity to learn, grow, and develop a deeper understanding of how to support members of LGBTQ+ communities. Learn more about our simulation Step In, Speak Up!

ACHA 2022 Annual Meeting Highlights

We recently exhibited at the ACHA 2022 Annual Meeting in San Diego, California. Here’s a brief summary of the annual meeting and our key takeaways.

Motivational interviewing: An evidence-based strategy for talking to teens

Motivational interviewing is a new technique gaining popularity as an effective communication strategy. Here is an overview of motivational interviewing — what it is, how it’s done, and why it’s an important skill for parents, caregivers, teachers, or anyone who wants to have more meaningful conversations that ignite behavior change.

Supporting LGBTQ+ students from grade school to grad school

In light of Pride Month, here’s a look at why supporting LGBTQ+ students is so important, the role of schools and educators, and how educational leaders can train faculty and staff to better support students.

Case Study: University Teaches Faculty and Staff Importance of Gatekeeper Training

The pandemic has amplified mental health challenges and higher education institutions like the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign have seen a need to support student well-being now more than ever. Here is an overview of how this top-rated university successfully leveraged our At-Risk products to support student mental health.

6 Ways to Promote Inclusivity in Higher Education

Promoting inclusivity in higher education requires a review of culture, policies, and curriculum. Here are six strategies to consider in your efforts to create a more inclusive learning environment on your campus.

New Research Reveals Importance of Connection for Teen Mental Health

New data from the CDC finds that high school students with close school relationships or virtual connections were less likely to report mental health concerns. Shashank V. Joshi, MD, Professor of Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Education at Stanford University shares why teens need connection.

The Role of Schools in Supporting Children’s Mental Health

Schools and school communities play a vital role in supporting children’s mental health, from prevention to intervention. We recently interviewed Dr. Shashank V. Joshi, MD, Professor of Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Education at Stanford University, who spoke with us about the role of schools in supporting mental health.

Students in Distress: How to Spot Warning Signs

Today’s students from Pre-K to college are facing unprecedented mental health challenges. Warning signs vary slightly by age group. Here are some risk factors to be aware of, as well as warning signs of distress in young children, teens, college students, and virtual students.

Prescription Drug Misuse on College Campuses: An Interview with Dr. Laura Holt (Part 2 of 2)

We interviewed Dr. Laura Holt, a Charles A. Dana Research Associate Professor of Psychology at Trinity College about her research on prescription drug use and misuse on college campuses and how it helped Kognito with the development of the Prescription Drugs simulation. Here are highlights of Dr. Holt’s research and the increasing need to bring awareness to prescription drug misuse on college campuses.

Prescription Drug Misuse on College Campuses: An Interview with Dr. Laura Holt (Part 1 of 2)

We interviewed Dr. Laura Holt, a Charles A. Dana Research Associate Professor of Psychology at Trinity College about her research on prescription drug use and misuse on college campuses and how it helped Kognito with the development of the Prescription Drugs simulation. Here are highlights of Dr. Holt’s research and the increasing need to bring awareness to prescription drug misuse on college campuses.

Fostering a growth mindset can cultivate a more inclusive campus community

Many educators know that a growth mindset is important in the academic world, but it’s also important for diversity and inclusion efforts. Here’s why it’s important, and how campuses can work to foster a growth mindset culture that helps students feel more supported.

2022 NASPA Annual Conference Highlights

We recently exhibited at the 2022 NASPA Annual Conference in Baltimore, Maryland. Here is a summary of the key speakers and panelists that shared best practices, efficiencies, and innovations in Higher Education as well as Kognito clients we were able to connect with.

Office on Violence Against Women Grants Help Reduce Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking

OVW funding has enabled campuses across the country to leverage Kognito’s digital practice-based experiential learning to address sexual misconduct prevention, bystander intervention, and informed consent. Learn more about the OVW 2022 grants and how they can be used to fund Kognito’s Sexual Misconduct Prevention program.

Funding SEL Curriculum and Professional Development

A variety of federal and local funding can help districts bring the power of Kognito’s experiential learning to their schools. Here is an overview of our Funding Guide where we share specific funding sources that can be used for Kognito’s PK-12 simulations.

Kognito celebrates International Women’s Day and strives to #BreakTheBias

International Women’s Day is a day dedicated to celebrating the social, political, cultural, and historical achievements of women. We asked the Kognito team to share how and why they strive to break the bias and support the movement of creating a completely equal society. Here is what they had to say.

Why using the right gender pronouns matters

Using the right gender pronouns is important to fostering an inclusive, respectful relationship or community. Rosalie M. Rodriguez, Senior Associate Dean of Students for Equity & Inclusion, Director of the Butler Center, Colorado College, and a member of the Kognito Advisory Group for Inclusion and Belonging spoke with us about the importance of gender pronouns to inform this post.

New PK-12 Suite Takes Whole Child Approach to Supporting Student Mental Health & Well-being

Our new suite, Mental Health & Well-being, takes a whole child approach to building awareness, knowledge, and skills around emotional and mental wellness, including scenarios where adolescents learn to identify signs of  trauma or distress. Learn more about this suite uniquely designed for educators, students and parents/caregivers.

Kognito clients share glimpse into their success

We recently had an illuminating session with a few of our key clients to spotlight their Kognito success stories and how they are leveraging virtual simulation to change lives. Here’s a brief summary of what we heard about why they chose Kognito, what they’ve achieved, and factors that have contributed to their success.

Cultivating Resilience Podcast Summary: Responding to Trauma-impacted Communities

Kognito’s Jennifer Spiegler, SVP of Strategic Partnerships, was joined by Janet Pozmantier, a behavioral health consultant, in a recent episode of the ‘Cultivating Resilience’ podcast series. Here are a few key topics discussed in the episode.

New interactive simulation helps campuses address the “study drug” epidemic

Kognito’s newest online experiential learning simulation, Prescription Drugs, aims to help campuses inform students and equip them with skills to help them better navigate challenging conversations about prescription drugs. Learn more about Kognito’s Prescription Drugs simulation.

2022 NASPA Strategies Conference Highlights

We recently exhibited at the 2022 NASPA Strategies conference in Boston, and heard from leaders in higher education as well as healthcare about a variety of comprehensive and integrative approaches to addressing alcohol and drug abuse prevention, mental health, and sexual violence prevention. Here is a summary of our key takeaways.

Creating Safer Schools for LGBTQ+ Youth: Webinar Recap

Kognito’s Darren Jones had the unique opportunity to engage in a panel discussion led by Alison Griffin and Hillary Knudson from Whiteboard Advisors along with featured guests Colorado state Governor Jared Polis and Levi Erickson from the Denver Public Schools in which they discussed strategies for creating safer schools. Here are some highlights from the discussion.

Empathy vs Empathic Accuracy … What’s the Difference?

Empathy and empathic accuracy are both key techniques included in our approach, but there’s often confusion around these two terms. Learn more about empathy vs empathic accuracy — what these terms mean, why they are different, and why they are both important in our conversation platform.

Getting Unstuck Podcast Summary: Using Simulations to Train Trauma-Informed School Personnel

Kognito founder and head of research Dr. Glenn Albright, along with Kim Wieland, head of product, education, were featured guests on the “Getting Unstuck: Educators Leading Change” podcast. Here are a few key topics discussed in the episode.

US Surgeon General Advisory: How Immersive Virtual Trainings Can Help Schools Address Youth Mental Health Crisis

Learn more about the US Surgeon General Advisory about youth mental health & how Kognito’s evidence-based simulations supports those efforts.

Online Clinical Practice for Social Work Students: A Q&A

Learn how UNCW incorporates online simulation into its social work curriculum in this featured interview with Noell Rowan, PhD, an associate professor and the director of the BSW program at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) School of Social Work.

7 Advantages of Learning with Virtual Humans

Virtual humans are an alternative to live role-plays with instructors, peers, or paid actors. Here are 7 ways virtual humans can provide a superior learning experience.

Webinar Recap: Cultivating Inclusive Communities

Kognito’s new DEI online learning experience for higher education leaders fosters a safe, supportive, respectful, and welcoming culture to promote overall student wellness and success.

Client Spotlight: University Supports Student Mental Health Through Simulation

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign helps students and faculty members support students in distress through its partnership with Kognito. Here’s a look at recent findings that reveal the positive impact the power of simulation is having on the campus community.

Preparing Future PNPs to Address Substance Use in Adolescent Care: A Q&A

Texas Woman’s University uses online role-play conversations with virtual patients to practice using evidence-based SBIRT techniques when addressing adolescent substance use. Assistant professor Adaorah Azotam shares her experience.

A Teacher’s Role in Bullying Prevention

Teachers play an important role in nurturing a safe and supportive learning environment. Here are three ways they can address bullying, which are all covered in our “Building Respect” simulation.

Incorporating SBIRT in Social Work Curriculum: A Q&A

Explore how Southern University used virtual role-play conversations to prepare social work students to screen adolescent patients for substance use risks.

Use Case: Simulation prepares medical students for board exams

DO students at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine practiced using evidence-based communication techniques with virtual patients in a safe, online setting to prepare them for their high-pressure assessment with standardized patients.

Prioritizing Student Mental Health: Holistic Approaches to Supporting Student Wellbeing

The U.S. Department of Education launched a Return to School Roadmap and a corresponding report that outlines strategies for addressing the impact of lost instructional time and provides recommendations for engaging with students, parents, and caregivers, with a focus on social, emotional, and mental health needs. Here is an outline of the key components of a holistic approach to supporting student social, emotional, and mental health.

New Simulations to Enhance Parent & Community Engagement for PK-12 Schools

Kognito’s new bundle of interactive learning experiences are designed to boost parent and community engagement and help effectively lead conversations around challenging topics.

Helping Students Deal with Grief in the Classroom: Are Schools Ready?

We surveyed nearly 12,000 educators about dealing with grief and loss in the school community. Here’s what we discovered.

Moving Suicide Prevention Upstream

The most effective suicide prevention takes place upstream — at home and in the classroom.

Confronting the Campus Mental Health Crisis with HEERF III Funding

Higher education institutions receiving HEERF III funding have an opportunity to invest in mental health gatekeeper training to support student and faculty wellbeing.

Incorporating Gender-Affirming Care in Health Professions Curricula

Learn best practices for gender-affirming care and ways to facilitate gender-affirming care training at your institution in this webinar recap.

Case Study: Fraternity Uses Mental Health Training to Create a More Supportive Brotherhood

New members of Chi Psi fraternity experience Kognito’s At-Risk simulation to support their emotional health. With a nearly a 100% completion rate, the organization has seen positive outcomes since implementing the program three years ago.

Moral Distress: Building Resilience and Preventing Burnout

Experiencing moral distress is inevitable for healthcare providers, but burnout doesn’t have to be. Kognito’s new course, Moral Distress & Resilience can help providers process their experience to address moral distress, which achieves the objectives of a new grant from HHS.

LGBTQ+ Health and Gender-Affirming Care: A Q&A

Richard E. Greene, MD, MHPE, is Director of Health Equity Education at NYU Grossman School of Medicine. Dr. Greene spoke with us about health equity in the LGBTQ+ community and his experience serving as a subject matter expert on Kognito’s upcoming gender-affirming care simulation.

Clinical Training in Gender-Affirming Care: A Q&A

We sat down with Nathan Levitt, FNP-BC, MSN, RN, BSN, MA, Nurse Practitioner and Director of LGBTQ and Gender Justice Learning at Yale University. Nathan has been teaching LGBTQ healthcare to nursing and medical schools for over 20 years and is serving as a subject matter expert on Kognito’s upcoming gender-affirming care simulation.

Gender-Affirming Care: Effective Communication for Better Patient Outcomes

Every patient deserves to be affirmed, respected, and understood when seeking care. Kognito worked with subject matter experts to create a new simulation that prepares providers to apply gender-affirming care, helping prevent harm and ensure greater access to quality care to transgender and gender diverse people.

Expanding School-Based Behavioral Health Services

In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, we are showcasing the voices of educators who are leading the charge in addressing student mental health and providing support for their students. In this interview, Executive Director of Special Education and Student Services Jason Harris from Columbus Public Schools in Nebraska shares how they prepared school staff to talk about trauma.

Kognito Forms Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Advisory Group for Higher Education

The group will provide thought leadership from a diverse set of backgrounds, experience, and knowledge to shape the key goals and direction of an upcoming DEI program.

Enhancing Interprofessional Education with Virtual Simulation

Interprofessional education (IPE) curriculum strives to keep up with the rise of patient-centered, collaborative care that continues to yield improved patient outcomes. Kognito’s behavioral health simulations provide an enriching and research-driven solution that engages learners in all health specialties.

SEL for Prevention: Substance Use & COVID-19

Early data indicates that substance use problems are on the rise in response to pandemic-related stress. Young people are particularly vulnerable. Implementing research-driven SEL curriculum can give students essential skills to better navigate their challenges.

New Survey Reveals Need for Faculty Mental Health Training

A new survey released by Boston University School of Public Health sheds light on the college and university faculty perspective on the current state of student mental and behavioral health.

Motivational Interviewing in Social Work: An Evidence-Based Communication Approach

Communication is at the heart of social work, and one of the most powerful communication techniques in a social worker’s arsenal is motivational interviewing (MI). Here’s a brief overview of what MI is, its importance in social work, and how current and future social workers can gain valuable practice using MI skills.

Breaking Down Barriers: Supporting Marginalized Students in 2021

Marginalized communities are disproportionately affected by the events that took place in 2020. Psychologists, mental health experts, and a college student weigh in on how campuses can best support their students during this pivotal time.

How El Dorado Schools Are Addressing Student Mental Health

Holly Billings MSW, LCSW, is Behavior Support Specialist and Mental Health Coordinator for El Dorado School District in Arkansas. Holly shared with us how the district has reached both staff and students with critical mental health training, and adapted with the pandemic.

New: Resources for Clinical Healthcare Simulations

New course materials for learners and facilitator guides for instructors are now available.

What Does a College Mental Health Program Look Like in Action?

Two large universities in Texas share how they are preparing students, faculty, and staff to engage in conversations about mental health during a time when students face increased pressure.

SEL for Teens: A Powerful Learning and Life Skillset

With limited options in the market, high schools often use informal SEL practices or SEL programs geared towards younger students. But research has found that teens’ SEL gaps are both wide and specific to their developmental stage.

Kognito at Texas State University

A slate of recent news coverage highlights how Texas State University is turning to Kognito to support student mental health.

How a School of Social Work Has Embraced Simulation Technology

How are schools of social work using simulation technology to train their students? We chatted with Dr. Noell Rowan, a professor and associate director at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) School of Social Work, to tell us more about her experience with Kognito simulations.

First Role-Play Virtual Training for Preventing College Alcohol & Drug Misuse Provides Hands-on Practice to Reduce Adverse Outcomes

Newest addition to Kognito higher education suite helps students set limits, build refusal skills & more

Q&A With Gaggle: Managing Student Safety

We spoke with Paget Hetherington, VP of Marketing at Gaggle, whose focus is spreading Gaggle’s message to school districts across the country, helping to ensure the safety and well-being of students. She has helped empower children to achieve academic success her entire career, leading sales and marketing efforts for global publishing and EdTech companies. In this Q&A, Paget shares takeaways from this past year and how Gaggle is tackling prevention and treatment.

SAMHSA’s 2021 GLS Campus Suicide Prevention Grant

SAMHSA’s FY 2021 Garrett Lee Smith (GLS) Campus Suicide Prevention Grant (FOA SM-21-003) is open for applications.

Teacher Appreciation: Thank You Frontline Heroes

Expressing our appreciation for educators who have gone above and beyond to support their students in 2020.

Adolescent SBIRT Skills for Health Professionals

Healthcare professionals who work with adolescents and young adults are increasingly expected to have skills in screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT). Learn about the importance of early detection and how current and future clinicians are gaining valuable SBIRT skills, such as motivational interviewing, to improve short- and long-term health outcomes.

New Simulations Prepare Clinicians to Build Patient Relationships in a Telehealth World

With the launch of its new Telehealth Encounters suite of simulations, Kognito continues to bring innovative behavioral health solutions to provider training

A Better Approach to Alcohol Prevention for College Students

Introducing the first alcohol prevention program for college students that uses role-play conversations and realistic scenarios designed to lead to lasting behavior change.

4 Reasons to Try Blended Professional Development

Blended learning is shown to be effective for students, but what about applying blended learning to teacher and staff professional development? Learn about the many advantages of diversifying learning methods for adults. 

Kognito and Togetherall Partner to Extend their Support of Campus Mental Health

A new partnership helps students build skills and connect to peer-to-peer support when and where they need it

NORC and Kognito Prepare Nurses, Doctors, and Social Workers to Confront COVID-19 Behavioral Health Crisis

Kognito’s virtual human simulations combined with NORC’s curriculum implementation and evaluation services will provide a comprehensive training solution for schools of health professions.

Applying for a HRSA Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training Grant?

HRSA’s FY 2021 Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) Program for Professionals Grant (HRSA-21-089) is open for applications. Learn how Kognito’s experiential training solutions in behavioral health can help build competencies for your trainees.

Suicide Prevention Training Cost: Where Districts Can Secure Funding to Overcome Budget Barriers

Is budget a barrier to your student mental health efforts? Our new guide can boost your efforts to find funding sources that can help bring the power of Kognito’s K-12 virtual simulations to your district.

The Key to Growth Mindset for College Students

A growth mindset can improve a college student’s chance of success…or can it? New research suggests that while the growth mindset is powerful, the campus environment is paramount.

How Online SEL Aligns with the New SEL Definition

CASEL recently updated its definition of social and emotional learning (SEL) to add clarity and reflect the evolution of SEL in education. Online SEL curriculum continues to be an effective way to change attitudes and behavior, and aligns well with the newly-expanded definition.

Telehealth Training to Improve Quality of Care

With the many advantages to telehealth, there are also challenges when it comes to effective patient-provider communication. How can physicians, nurses, and social workers build the specific skills needed for today’s care-delivery landscape?

Mental Health Training During a Pandemic

In just two months, Public Schools of Robeson County in North Carolina engaged nearly every staff member with Kognito simulation training at the start of the pandemic. Learn how they did it.

Title IX Training: What’s New?

What should you know about changes to Title IX training that could affect your sexual misconduct prevention programming, and how are schools managing training during an unprecedented year? Megan Heckel-Greco, Associate Director in the Office for Sexual Misconduct Prevention & Support at the University of Chicago, and Glen Kraemer, founding and managing partner of employment law firm Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP, fill us in.

Kognito in Minnesota Schools

Districts across Minnesota are adopting Kognito simulations to address suicide prevention

Six Districts and Seven Universities Recognized By Kognito for Outstanding Leadership in Promoting Mental Health Literacy

Kognito Honors Education Clients For Best Practices In Building A Safe And Supportive Culture

Mental Health and SEL Curriculum for Middle & High Schools

COVID-19 has stressed the already-present need for mental health and SEL curriculum in the classroom. By using a curriculum that is both engaging and accessible, teachers can get a head start on planning while effectively strengthening students’ social-emotional skills.

Whole Child Development: How Educators Support Resilience

As schools revisit their whole child efforts, how can educators and district leaders ensure that students are set up for success after graduation?

Virtual Nursing Simulation To Advance Patient Care

Digital solutions have become a critical part of nursing education, especially during the pandemic. Here’s a look at trends that were already driving a shift to virtual nursing simulation, and how schools of nursing are incorporating this technology in their curriculum.

Youth Suicide Prevention During COVID-19

“If we thought students fell through the cracks before, now the cracks are canyons.”
Two experts on student suicide prevention, Dr. Scott Poland and Rich Lieberman, weigh in on the current situation, how it’s never too late to start a suicide prevention task force, and supporting student mental health with minimal resources.

Why It Matters that College Student Life Skills are Lacking

Why students need these critical skills, and how higher education institutions can incorporate soft skills into their programming to help students achieve academic, career, and personal success — even virtually.

How A School Counselor is Approaching Going Back to School

Miriam Lane is a school counselor serving over 300 students in pre-K through fifth grade just outside of Washington, DC. Miriam talked with us about the challenges and obstacles she’s overcome in her role since the transition to remote learning.

Interpersonal Communication in Healthcare

In the midst of a mental health epidemic, interpersonal communication skills are more important than ever for the health and wellbeing of both patients and providers.

Kognito’s PK-12 Simulations Score Hat Trick in International 2020 Award Recognition

Simulations addressing early childhood mental health, trauma-informed practices, and schools coping with loss awarded

Teacher Burnout & COVID-19: Supporting School Staff

How can school leaders help prevent the ongoing pandemic from aggravating the already-worsening teacher exodus? Here are some strategies to support teachers and school staff during COVID-19, based on research and insights from industry leaders.

Online Student Services: 3 Tips for Supporting Student Needs

What can colleges and universities do to address student support needs at a distance, especially as they move quickly to take student services online? Here’s what we know from research on the preferences of distance learners.

How Miami Schools Are Responding To Student COVID-19 Trauma with Remote Training for School Staff

Learn how Miami-Dade County Public Schools is implementing Kognito prepare educators to become trauma-informed

Youth Suicide Prevention Programs by State

We are proud to be listed by state health departments, education departments, and statewide foundations and non-profits as a recommended youth suicide prevention program.

Student Mental Health During COVID-19

Three college students and mental health activists involved with Active Minds share what the last few months have been like, advice for their peers, and what they look forward to.

Motivational Interviewing in Healthcare: 3 Ways It Transforms Care Delivery

Kognito Client Success Manager Sachi Bhalerao shares how motivational interviewing skills can improve healthcare delivery outcomes and how her clients are giving current and future providers the opportunity to learn these important communication techniques.

Teaching Social Skills While Social Distancing

Jen Dowzak, a special education teacher in Minneapolis Public Schools, shares tips for practicing social skills with her students at a distance as part of our series showcasing the voices of educators who are leading the charge in addressing student mental health.

Newly Updated Virtual Mental Health Training Equips College Students to Support Peers in Distress

Enhancements to Kognito’s higher education simulation better address the needs of today’s college students through skill-building

Virtual College Mental Health Training for Today’s Student

The new enhanced At-Risk Mental Health for Students is designed to meet the needs of students in 2020, with an added focus on building resilience, supporting peers, and self-care. Learn more about these enhancements and how they help students succeed.

Reopening vs. Re-entry: What’s the Difference?

Contingent on safety, districts are making plans to reopen schools in the fall. But with classrooms open, what does that transition look like for students? See why re-entry is a key factor in a school reopening plan and how to prepare.

Grant Funding to Replace Clinical Hours with Simulation Training

With billions of dollars available through the CARES Act, hospitals and institutions of higher education are eligible for grant funding that can support distance learning with simulation training.

Mental Health Impact of COVID-19 on Schools

With districts increasing attention and resources on student mental health for the new school year, what steps should they take to prepare? K-12 experts weigh in on who needs to “put their own oxygen masks on first,” before assisting students.

Rethinking Online Sexual Harassment Training for Students

As colleges and universities prepare for the fall term, there remains uncertainty as to whether students will be home or on a socially distanced campus. That’s why it’s more important than ever to provide adequate prevention programming that can deeply engage students and foster connection.

Flexibility is the Key: Elementary School Principal is Stepping Up for Students

Continuing our series showcasing the voices of educators who are leading the charge in addressing student mental health and providing much-needed support for their students, elementary school principal Dr. Sharon Porter chats with us about how her school has stepped up during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Student Perspectives: The Importance of Mental Health Conversations

To better understand the reality of mental health on campus, we spoke with college students about their experiences dealing with distress and navigating difficult conversations with peers.

Incorporating Mental Health into Occupational Therapy Training

As part of our series during Mental Health Awareness Month, we chatted with Dr. Allison Sullivan about the need for mental health occupational therapy education and how Kognito’s SBI Skills Assessment simulation trained her OT students.

Trauma-Informed Educators: Better Prepared to Recognize and Address Trauma In the Classroom

Hear from educators about how Kognito’s Trauma-Informed Practices for K12 Schools simulation has equipped them to recognize the impact of trauma in their classrooms.

High School Teacher Shares Ways to Connect During COVID-19

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and this month we are showcasing the voices of educators who are leading the charge in addressing student mental health and providing much-needed support for their students. Below, Dan Katz-Zeiger, who teaches U.S. history and computer science at Roberto Clemente Community Academy High School in Chicago, shares his experience teaching remote during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kognito Spotlight by NHA Allied Health – Can Virtual Humans Help Providers Achieve Better Patient Outcomes?

Learn how virtual humans can be leveraged to help change patient behavior in this new spotlight by the National Healthcareer Association.

3 Takeaways from the ACHA COVID-19 Reopening Guidelines

New guidance from the American College Health Association outlines administrative, medical, mental health, health promotion/well-being, and campus-wide considerations in reopening higher ed campuses. Here are three takeaways from the report on supporting student mental health.

Miami Schools Respond to Student COVID-19 Trauma with Remote Training for School Staff

Miami-Dade County Public Schools begins rollout of Kognito simulation to prepare educators to become trauma-informed

Compassion Over Compliance: Assistant Principal Shares His COVID-19 Advice

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and this month we are showcasing the voices of educators who are leading the charge in addressing student mental health and providing much-needed support for their students. Below, Basil Marin, Assistant Principal at Chamblee Charter High School, shares how his school is adjusting to the new COVID-19 normal.

Finding Professional Development on a Shoestring Budget

Are you calculating how to squeeze PD into a tight budget for the 2020-2021 school year? Discover two ways to maximize your PD efforts and ensure you’re making the most of your time and resources.

Adapting Your School Mental Health Services During COVID-19 Closures

Now that remote learning systems may be in place, it’s time to prepare to flatten the next curve: student mental health. Here’s a look at how the pandemic is affecting students, and the actions districts can take to help them cope.

Using Simulation-Based Education to Fulfill Clinical Hours

Are you in search of clinical training opportunities to supplement in-person training? Explore how simulation technology can fulfill clinical hours for students of health professions, and whether Kognito’s healthcare simulations can benefit your degree program during this time.

Kognito at Tufts University

In a new letter to students, Tufts President Anthony P. Monaco explains why the university has chosen to implement interactive training on campus for the first time.

How Campuses Can Plan for Online Orientation

At a time when college campuses are shifting to remote learning, how will they prepare incoming students for school? Explore topics to consider when transitioning your in-person orientation programming to a virtual format for first-year and transfer students.

Online Trauma-Informed Training for Educators

As educators support students during the COVID-19 pandemic, online trauma-informed training can equip them with knowledge and skills to recognize and respond to students having issues related to trauma or distress.

California AB-1767: What School Leaders Need to Know to Meet K-6 Suicide Prevention Requirements

California district leaders are encouraged to explore this free webinar presentation about Bill AB-1767, the new law mandating that districts adopt an age-appropriate suicide prevention policy for elementary grades K-6 before the start of the 2020-2021 school year.

Improve HCAHPS Scores Through Nursing Training

Nurses spend more time with patients than any other care provider, and their patient interactions can greatly affect the patient experience. Learn how training nurses in effective communication strategies can help healthcare organizations in their efforts to improve HCAHPS scores and lead to better quality care.

Remote Learning that Supports Student Wellbeing

Remote learning in our current situation requires us to learn and communicate at a distance. But that doesn’t mean that our relationships have to become impersonal.

Applying for a Project AWARE Grant?

Learn more about how Kognito fits requirements of the grant and how we can help support a successful proposal. We are here to help!

Becoming a Student-Ready College By Supporting Student Wellness

Institutions are shifting their focus from college-ready students to becoming student-ready colleges. Discover the role that colleges, faculty and staff, and students play in this transition, and why the public is demanding the change.

How To Streamline Districtwide Professional Learning To Boost School Climate

Planning district-wide professional learning can be a daunting task requiring precious time and resources. Through unifying professional development tailored by grade level, your district can build capacity and impact relationships that support the whole child from preschool to graduation.

New Virtual Training Aims to Support Victims and Prevent Sexual Misconduct on College Campuses

Kognito’s simulation for students offers comprehensive sexual misconduct prevention content designed to shape attitudes and behavior

Virtual Medical Simulation Training for Real-World Impact

Simulation technology is increasingly used to train future and current healthcare professionals to hone their knowledge and skills in a safe environment. Today the wide variety of medical simulation technology—both physical and virtual— has many applications and provides numerous benefits for schools of health professions and healthcare settings.

Infographic: Evaluating Professional Development for K-12 Teachers and Staff

Does your district need to justify adopting high-quality professional development? Our new infographic outlines the outcomes that benefit your students, your teachers, and your school communities.

Sexual Misconduct Prevention Training That Resonates With College Students

Introducing the first interactive sexual misconduct prevention training that helps foster a safer campus culture.

Engaging SEL Curriculum for Middle & High School Students

As more school districts incorporate SEL into their curricula, it’s important to choose effective programs that resonate with students.

How Kognito Simulations Improve Student Retention Rates: An Economic Model

Although the general impact of focusing on student mental health is a goal for all institutions of higher education, it is often difficult for colleges and universities to determine the precise Return on Investment (ROI) of their efforts.

Tackling an Epidemic with Opioid Use Disorder Training

Kognito’s new opioid use disorder training simulation provides interactive, evidence-based learning for healthcare professionals to practice skills providing treatment and motivating patients to change.

Kognito and Little Orange Fish

Three recent reports explore how Little Orange Fish, a nonprofit organization that addresses gaps in mental health care, is leveraging Kognito to support youth mental health in the Huntsville, Alabama area.

Kognito at Boise State University on ABC Boise

Discover how Boise State University is utilizing Kognito simulations to support mental health on campus in this recent news coverage that aired on ABC Boise.

Kognito at Sarasota County Schools on ABC Sarasota

A new report on ABC Sarasota highlights how Kognito’s interactive role-play conversations with virtual humans are being used to empower educators to support student mental health at Sarasota County Schools in Florida.

Kognito at Fairfax County Public Schools on NBC Washington

NBC Washington reports on how educators in Fairfax County, Virginia are using Kognito to help students who may be experiencing a mental health crisis.

Are Your Teachers Prepared to Support the Full Potential of SEL?

As social-emotional learning for students continues to grow, what about SEL for teachers? Learn how supporting adult SEL can pay off in the classroom.

Level Up Your Campus With The Stepped Care Model For Mental Health Services

Is your institution using a stepped care model to map mental health resources? See how universities are using stepped care to meet students where they are, with the right services.

Developing Interpersonal Communication and Professionalism Competencies

Definitions of effective communication encompass not just the exchange of information, but also the manner in which that information is communicated: in a way that both parties understand and feel ready to act. How can schools of health professions and healthcare organizations ensure that their provider workforce is prepared, confident, and likely to practice effective communication skills with patients?

The Secret to Empowering Your Teachers and Staff With Professional Development

What do teachers and school staff really want from professional development? Giving them a voice in how they learn can open doors that lead to major benefits for school districts.

Addressing Community College Mental Health

Community colleges face unique challenges compared to four-year universities. But there are steps they can take to address student mental health, even with fewer on-campus resources.

Integrating Behavioral Health Into Primary Care with Training

As healthcare leaders face opioid and mental health crises, integrating behavioral health into primary care is seeing promising results. Here’s how they’re doing it and why.

Kognito on

A new article by highlights how Kognito simulations utilize psychology, role-playing game theory, and artificial intelligence to help healthcare professionals strengthen communication skills and better support patient health.

Mental Health Education for Students in Alabama

We talked with Ian Krueger, Suicide Awareness Educator at Crisis Services of Northern Alabama. Since the summer of 2018, Ian has reached over 1,600 middle and high school students with mental health and suicide prevention training with Kognito’s Friend2Friend simulation. Ian tells us more about how he works with the community and local schools, and the changes he has seen through implementing mental health education for students.

What’s Missing From Your Campus Mental Health Plan?

Adequate access to counseling center services is only one piece of the puzzle. As concern for student wellbeing on campus grows, university leaders, decisionmakers, and mental health advocates are seeking ways to holistically support student mental health.

Kognito at East Carolina University

NBC Greenville, CBS Greenville, and more highlight how Eastern Carolina University is introducing Kognito simulations for faculty, staff, and students to support mental health and prevent suicide on campus.

3 Ways to Upgrade to Engaging Professional Development for Teachers

Providing more interactive, engaging professional development may help to improve teacher retention and avoid burnout.

Test Your Conversation Skills: How to Stop Bullying

How prepared are educators to recognize and respond when an incident of bullying occurs in the classroom?

The Case for Doctor-Patient Communication to Improve Healthcare Quality

As patients, we’ve probably heard “what brings you in?” as a conversation starter with our healthcare providers. The doctor-patient communication that follows is critically important to achieve safe, high quality, and cost-effective care.

Back to School with Kognito

As the 2019-2020 Back-to-School season comes to an end, learn about the exciting updates from our clients’ recent implementation efforts.

Building Consensus for School-Based Suicide Prevention in the Bay Area

Addressing school-based suicide prevention is not a simple task for schools to address on their own. Community partnerships are a valuable and effective approach for achieving a public health goal.

Kognito Training at Sarasota Schools in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune

This August, schools across Florida are utilizing Kognito simulations to help teachers and staff develop the knowledge and skills to speak with students in need of mental health support.

Kognito Implementation at Harvey Mudd College Featured in Forbes

Harvey Mudd’s Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, Anna Gonzalez, speaks with Forbes about leveraging Kognito to support student mental health.

Team Spotlight: Kognito’s Lead Virtual Human Designer

Lead character designer Holly Mongi uses her creative and technical skills to make 3D animation and virtual humans come to life at Kognito.

Six Districts and Seven Universities Recognized by Kognito for Outstanding Leadership in Promoting Mental Health Literacy

Kognito Honors Education Clients For Best Practices In Building A Safe And Supportive Culture

Suicide Prevention Training for All

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, bringing the issue of suicide and mental health to the forefront and highlighting the need for suicide prevention training.

Kognito in EdSurge

A new article asks: Can Virtual Simulations Teach a Human Skill Like Empathy?

What College Presidents & Students Agree On: Mental Health Training on Campus

Two major research reports focused on the need for mental health training on campus. One surveys college presidents, and the other surveys college students. What these reports have in common may surprise you.

Kognito at Houston Public Schools in Education Week

EdWeek explores how districts in Houston are utilizing Kognito simulations to better support students whose behavior might be related to sources of trauma or distress.

Preschool Professional Development with At-Risk for Early Childhood Educators

This professional development tool for preschool teachers plays a role in building community for at-risk preschoolers who need more support.

New Early Childhood Mental Health Learning Simulation from Kognito Gives Preschool Teachers Skills to Support Children in Distress

Simulations Engage Learners in Practicing Conversations with Virtual, Fully Animated Students and Caregivers

Mental Health & Suicide Prevention K-12 Professional Development Program Chart

Based on increasing demand from schools for a tool to assess the myriad training program options, this chart was created to be an easy-to-read overview and comparison of in-person and online professional development training programs for educators.

Kognito Insights Report: Overview

Kognito’s Insights Reports are an important part of client success. Insights reports highlight our clients’ key data points, utilization of Kognito simulations, and the change and impact those simulations are having in their institution.

PK-12 Conversation Simulations: Evidence-Based Conversation Training for Schools and Districts

Over the past year, a number of peer-reviewed journals have reviewed Kognito simulations to determine their effectiveness – here’s what they’ve found.

Motivational Interviewing: Approaches You Can Use Today

Motivational interviewing is a counseling method proven effective to drive patients towards behavior change; but in reality, motivational interviewing takes practice to master. Kognito’s instructional designer Seth Bleecker shows healthcare professionals three ways to have better conversations about behavior change, right now.

Kognito Wins Healthcare Bronze Medal in International Serious Play Awards Competition

LOS ANGELES – June 20, 2019 – Kognito’s Talk To Someone: Triple Negative Breast Cancer simulation has received a Bronze Medal citation for excellence in the Healthcare category in the 2019 International Serious Play Awards program.

Kognito Wins Social Emotional Learning Gold Medal in International Serious Play Awards Competition

Kognito’s Trauma-Informed Practices for K12 Schools simulation has received a Gold Medal citation for excellence in the Social Emotional Learning (SEL) category in the 2019 International Serious Play Awards program.

Kognito in EdWeek Market Brief

EdWeek Market Brief highlights how Kognito is leveraging interactive simulation technology to help train adults in the K-12 space to address mental health issues.

Kognito Spotlight by NHA Allied Health – Simulation: Changing the Game of Healthcare Training

Discover how Kognito’s interactive simulation technology is poised to be a transformative tool for training healthcare professionals in this new spotlight by the National Healthcareer Association.

Supporting Campus Safety with Mental Health Training

Over the past year, colleges and universities across the country have implemented Kognito simulations to change the culture around student mental health.

Scaling Mental Health and Substance Use Training for Health Professionals

To combat the substance use epidemic, simple evidence-based substance use training for healthcare providers is critical in order to identify more at-risk patients and assess their readiness to change.

Behavior Change Training: How Research Shows the Impact of Learning

Dr. Glenn Albright, Kognito’s Co-Founder and Director of Research, tells us more about how Kognito’s research team conducts original research and building evidence that supports the effectiveness of our simulations.

Measuring Change: Why Survey Design Matters in Evidence-Based Training

We chat with Dr. Glenn Albright, Kognito’s Co-Founder Director of Research, to learn about why surveys are so critical to our mission at Kognito.

Same Learning, New Experience: Kognito Simulations Now On Mobile Devices

Nearly all Kognito’s simulations are now accessible on mobile devices. Mike Williams, a developer at Kognito, explains the journey of taking Kognito to mobile, and how to access simulations on your phone or tablet.

4 Ways That Investing in Campus Mental Health Pays Back [Infographic]

Addressing the mental health needs of students on campus is urgent. But a common challenge for colleges and universities is finding the funding and resources to dedicate to mental health solutions. Learn how institutions benefit from investment in a preventive approach to campus mental health with the infographic below.

Trailer: Kognito’s Friend2Friend

Learn about how Kognito’s Friend2Friend can support your school or district’s mental health efforts. Friend2Friend is an interactive simulation designed to educate middle school and high school students about mental health.

Strengthening Empathy Skills: From Digital to Reality

How can empathy be taught? Ben Zeiger, a writer here at Kognito, shares how he designs conversations with virtual humans that allow us to effectively apply empathy skills in the real world.

Women’s History Month 2019 at Kognito

In honor of women’s history month, we asked our team members to describe their experience and career development at Kognito. Thank you to all of the exceptional women who contribute to our work and mission!

Kognito at the University of Florida

Learn from CBS Gainesville about how the University of Florida is using Kognito to empower faculty, staff, and students to connect at-risk students with the help they need.

Talk To Someone: Triple Negative Breast Cancer simulation featured on NBC Washington DC

NBC Washington DC highlights Talk To Someone: Triple Negative Breast Cancer, a free online and mobile app for breast cancer patients that provides a safe and personalized environment to ask questions and address difficult topics like chemotherapy and survivorship with a virtual breast cancer survivor.

Kognito at La Salle University on ABC Philadelphia

ABC Philadelphia highlights how Kognito’s At-Risk simulations are being implemented to support student mental health at La Salle University.

Building Respect: A Bullying Prevention Simulation to Promote Safer Schools

We are proud to introduce our new bullying prevention simulation, Building Respect. Read below for why we made it and how Building Respect can make a difference in your school community.

New Kognito Simulation Helps K-12 Schools Respond to Community Deaths

NEW YORK, April 9, 2019 — Health simulation company Kognito today announced a new professional development role-play simulation that prepares K-12 school personnel to respond to a death in the school community.

Kognito in The Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal highlights how Kognito’s suite of substance use and mental health simulations are helping to revolutionize the patient experience.

Resilient Together: Building a New Simulation on Crisis Response and Postvention in Schools

To coincide with the release of Kognito’s newest simulation, Resilient Together: Coping with Loss at School, we spoke with subject matter experts Dr. Scott Poland and Rich Lieberman who were instrumental in the development of the information and learning experience of the simulation.

Meeting the Quadruple Aim with Simulation Technology

When it comes to improving the U.S. health system, many look to the “gold standard” model of enhancing patient experience: the Triple Aim. But what about providers? The Quadruple Aim takes into account this important prerequisite to improving population health.

Trailer: Building Respect: Bullying Prevention In Schools

Learn about how Kognito’s Building Respect: Bulling Prevention in Schools can help administrators equip educators with the skills and confidence to take a stand against bullying and promote a culture of respect.

Improve School Safety: 3 Threats That You Might Miss

As schools invest in the physical and psychological safety of their students, what are threats to school safety they might be overlooking?

Kognito at the University of Dayton in The Chronicle of Higher Education

The Chronicle of Higher Education highlights how the University of Dayton has implemented Kognito as part of a holistic approach to investing in student mental health.

Kognito Co-Founder Dr. Glenn Albright Featured in Thrive Global

Kognito Co-Founder and Director of Research Dr. Glenn Albright speaks with Thrive Global about our mission, addressing the stigma around mental health, and how he maintains his own mental well-being.

How to Reduce Burnout on College Campuses, Before It Starts

To tackle burnout, universities are taking initiative to prepare first-year students with the skills to address mental health among their peers and for themselves.

Standardized Patient Simulation Scenarios Using Virtual Humans

Kognito standardized patient simulation scenarios provide effective, evidence-based health professions training that is scalable, replicable, and trackable.

The Hidden Cost of Free: What Districts Should Know About the Cost of Teacher Training

Some professional development solutions for teachers appear affordable, but often that price comes with a hidden cost. Find out the true cost of teacher training for educators in your district.

Trailer: Kognito’s Substance Use and Mental Health Screening Simulations

See how Kognito’s suite of interactive healthcare simulations supports integrating behavioral health into routine care.

Trailer: Kognito’s Veterans on Campus

Learn about how Kognito’s Veterans on Campus can teach faculty and staff about military culture, help build empathy and appreciation for the experiences of student veterans and military-connected students, and effectively connect them to on and off-campus support services.

Trailer: Kognito’s At-Risk for Faculty, Staff, and Students

Learn about Kognito’s suite of products to educate faculty, staff, and students about mental health including how to recognize, approach, and discuss a referral with students exhibiting signs of psychological distress.

Testimonial: Adina Kalet, MD, MPH of NYU School of Medicine

Adina Kalet, MD, MPH of NYU School of Medicine, discusses the challenges of learning to have difficult conversations, and how Kognito simulations can help this process.

An In-Depth Look at Our Triple-Negative Breast Cancer Patient Simulation

In Talk to Someone, patients meet their virtual coach Linda, who herself is a triple-negative breast cancer survivor.

At-Risk Simulation: Hispanic/Latinx Student Study

A Longitudinal Study with 6,239 Latinx Students at 78 Institutions

TINA: A New Simulation for Neutropenia Awareness

Each year, more than half a million patients with cancer are treated with chemotherapy, and according to the CDC, infections that are linked to neutropenia are some of the most serious side effects, which can lead to hospitalization, disruption in treatment, or even death.

Fox Colorado Springs Discusses One Degree: Shift the Influence

Living Local interviewed Bethany Pace-Danley and Stacey McClellan from Peer Assistance Services in Colorado about the One Degree: Shift the Influence campaign. As part of the campaign, Coloradans can access Kognito simulations to practice difficult conversations on alcohol and marijuana use.

Talk to Someone: Triple Negative Breast Cancer Named One of the Most Innovative Products of 2018 by PM360

NEW YORK, Dec. 18, 2018/ — PM360, a leading trade magazine for marketing decision makers in the pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device, and diagnostics industries, has named Kognito’s Talk to Someone: Triple Negative Breast Cancer as one of the most innovative Products of 2018.

It Takes a Team: Reflecting on a Great 2018

We asked each team at Kognito: what are you most proud of from the past year? These reflections piece together what we’ve been working on, our accomplishments, and where we are heading in 2019.

CBS Houston Features Kognito’s Trauma-Informed Practices for K12 Schools

CBS Houston covered Kognito’s Trauma-Informed Practices for K12 Schools simulation product that prepares educators to support students whose behavior might be related to sources of trauma or distress.

More Than 20 Seconds: An Intervention for Antibiotic Stewardship

Antibiotics: what can prepare health professionals to have conversations with patients who expect antibiotics, but don’t need them?

Kognito at La Salle University on NBC Philadelphia

NBC Philadelphia interviews La Salle University about how Kognito’s At-Risk mental health and suicide prevention simulation trains student leaders to identify signs of distress and guide fellow students to campus resources.

Trauma-Informed Practices: Trauma Training for Schools from Kognito

Kognito’s new professional development solution prepares educators to recognize and respond to students experiencing distress from a traumatic experience.

Post-Harvey, Houston Teachers Learn to Respond to Trauma

New York City, NY — One year after Hurricane Harvey, Houston-area teachers have a new tool to respond to children who have experienced trauma or distress through a new online professional development program.

Building Student Conversation Skills into Social-Emotional Learning

How are we as educators, mental health specialists, parents, and mentors ensuring that we foster positive communication with and among our students?

National Coming Out Day

On National Coming Out Day and every day, conversations with a supportive adult can make a big impact for LGBTQ youth and young adults.

Virtual Humans in New App Help CDC Educate Breast Cancer Patients About Diagnosis & Treatment Options

New York City, NY—For the first time, an app using virtual human technology is enabling newly diagnosed breast cancer patients to learn about their treatment options.

Who Plays a Role in College Student Mental Health?

Learn what colleges and universities can do to bring awareness to mental health and meet the needs of students in distress.

4 Tips for Having a Conversation About Suicide

Suicide is a sensitive topic that is not easy to bring up, but when you know how to talk about suicide, you can help someone access the care they need.

5 Mistakes to Avoid with Patient Provider Communication

For health professionals, knowing how to communicate with patients effectively is key to improving health outcomes.

Trauma-Informed Interventions: The Role of Educators

With growing attention on student wellbeing, building better student relationships is an emerging focus for both teachers in the K-12 space and faculty and staff in the higher education space.

Managing a Difficult Conversation: How Virtual Humans Can Improve Our Communication Skills

Whether personally or professionally, all of us are faced with managing a difficult conversation at many points in our lives. And unfortunately, there isn’t an easy blueprint or birdie to whisper in our ear to make these conversations easier.

Virtual Humans in the Classroom: High School Students Practice Mental Health Skills

We talked with Michelle Harrison, a school counselor at Los Alamos Public Schools’ Topper Freshman Academy in New Mexico, who spearheaded an effort to reach 275 ninth graders with a suicide prevention curriculum incorporating Kognito’s Friend2Friend simulation. We wanted to know more about her strategies for engaging students and what she learned.

13 Reasons Why Resources for Season 2

Access the top 13 Reasons Why resources for schools, teachers, and parents about how to address mental health and suicide among teen viewers of the show.

Kognito Trailer: At-Risk for PK-12 Educators

Learn about Kognito’s suite of products to teach PK-12 educators (elementary, middle and high school) about mental health and suicide prevention which supports improved student wellness and school safety.

5 Things Educators Should Know When Talking About Suicide

Being armed with facts about suicide prevention in schools can help educators use their best judgment in intervening with students.

WGN Chicago Features Kognito’s SBI with Adolescents

WGN Chicago Morning News talks with Dr. Michael Dentato from Loyola University Chicago School of Social Work about Kognito’s SBI with Adolescent simulation and their implementation of the tool to train social work students in conducting substance use Screening & Brief Intervention (SBI) with adolescent patients.

St. John’s University Discusses Kognito’s Suite of Mental Health Simulations with Fox 5 NY

Since 2011, St. John’s University has used Kognito’s At-Risk to prepare its faculty and staff to support students in distress and connect them to campus resources.

Trauma-Informed Schools: The Role of K-12 Schools in Responding to Trauma

“Trauma is the #1 public health issue of our time.” Those words were a powerful anchor for Responding to Trauma: The Role of K-12 Schools, our January 2018 webinar on trauma-informed schools, emphasizing the magnitude and urgency of responding to childhood trauma.

Applying for SAMHSA’s 2018 GLS Campus Suicide Prevention Grant?

SAMHSA’s FY 2018 Garrett Lee Smith (GLS) Campus Suicide Prevention Grant (FOA SM 18-003) is open for applications.

Kognito Wins $4.8 Million Contract to Create Virtual Interview Skills Training Simulations for Veterans Health Administration

New York City, NY—Kognito announced today that it was awarded a contract, valued at $4.8 million, to provide a series of role-play simulations to the Veterans Health Administration.

Kognito is now part of Ascend Learning

A note from our co-founders, Ron Goldman and Glenn Albright

Virtual Humans: What Are They and Why Use Them?

Virtual humans help engage users, provide a safe and effective instructional environment, and more.

Fact v Fiction: What Parents, Educators & Friends Should Know About Suicide

Suicide is a significant public health problem worldwide. In 2010 alone, there were 38,364 suicides in the U.S. (105 per day; one suicide every 14 minutes), where suicide is the third leading cause of death among youth ages 10-24. There are an estimated 25 suicide attempts for each death by suicide.

August Highlights and Back-to-School Efforts

Greetings from Kognito’s Client Experience Team! We are pleased to share with our Kognito community that in August alone nearly 60,000 individuals accessed our simulations to learn how to lead real-life conversations that improve social, emotional, and physical health.

News from the 21st Annual Advancing School Mental Health Conference

Kognito’s SVP of Strategic Partnerships attended the 21st Annual Conference on Advancing School Mental Health in San Diego from Sept 29-Oct 1.

Fairfax County Schools Using Kognito to Stop Anti-LGBT Bullying

We’ve all heard it before. Friends teasing each other. A bully displaying negative behavior. Someone looking for attention by saying something risky enough to look bad, but not bad enough to reprimanded. And why are there no consequences for this anti-LGBTQ behavior? The problem is faculty and staff members don’t always know how to intervene in any type of bullying situation.

LGBTQ Youth: We Have (Some Of) the Data – What Can We Do About It?

The LQBTQ youth population has a high percentage of bullying and suicide attempts. Kognito discusses how we can help.

Talking About Talking with a High School Counselor

Jennifer Spiegler discusses how communication and words matter in PK-12 and how Kognito can help.

Managing Post-election Emotional Distress

Managing post-election stress is necessary in PK-12 and Higher Education settings. Kognito can help with these initiatives.

Journal of mHealth: Kognito’s Case Study about Harnessing the Power of Conversations with Virtual Humans to Change Health Behaviors

The Journal of mHealth discusses the work of Kognito and how we are changing health behaviors through role-play simulations with virtual humans.

Kognito gets 5-Star rating from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Magazine

Kognito’s obesity prevention and motivational interviewing app for pediatricians and other health professionals receive a 5-Star rating from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics magazine.

Kognito and Blue Star Families

A new simulation Kognito developed with Blue Star Families for military-connected caregivers is entering the pilot study phase.

The Challenging Journey from High School to College: A Moment with Kognito’s Co-Founder Dr. Glenn Albright

Transitioning from high school to college and be a challenging journey, impacting mental health. Dr. Glenn Albright discusses.

Managing the Challenges of Post-Deployment Life

Kognito partnered with the NY/NJ VA Health Care Network (NY/NJ VA) to help veterans, service members, and military family and friends manage the challenges of adjusting to post-deployment life.

Using Role-play Conversations to Improve the Quality of Adolescent Mental Health Care

The University of Maryland School of Medicine engaged with Kognito and other partners to adapt Kognito’s research-proven At-Risk in Primary Care simulation to make it relevant to those who work with adolescents.

Harnessing the Power of Conversations with Virtual Humans to Change Health Behaviors

Kognito’s research about Harnessing the Power of Conversations with Virtual Humans to Change Health Behaviors published in mHealth.

Primary Care Office Visit: Antibiotics

Kognito Co-Founder & Director of Research Dr. Glenn Albright featured on NYC Fox News​ speaking about Kognito’s simulation to improve physician-patient communication and address the overuse of antibiotics.

Talking with Teens about Performance Enhancing Substances

The American Academy of Pediatrics and Kognito partnered to address the use of appearance and performance-enhancing substances among youths.

Preparing Tomorrow’s Nurses to Fight Addiction

The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing (JHUSON) uses Kognito’s SBI clinical training simulations to prepare nursing students to identify young people at risk of addiction during routine medical visits.

Changing the Conversation on Childhood Obesity

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Institute for Healthy Childhood Weight partnered with Kognito to create Change Talk: Childhood Obesity™

Supporting Higher Ed Institutions through an IT Solutions Partner

SHI and Kognito partner to expand adoption of the Kognito At-Risk simulations.

Community College Supports Full-time and Part-time students with a Tool for Early Risk Detection

Des Moines Area Community College use Kognito’s simulation as a frontline strategy to identify students in distress.

Single Sign-On Access Supports Campus-wide Use

The University of Illinois Counseling Center partnered with Kognito to make its online simulations a primary resource for its campus-wide safety net.

GLS Grant Supports Expanding Campus Suicide Prevention Efforts

The University of New Hampshire with over 15,000 students choose Kognito’s suite of Higher Ed simulations to enhance the safety and development of its students.

Mobilizing Students for Mental Health Awareness and Preparedness

The Kognito and Active Minds challenge engages 5,000+ students in learning about mental health.

Teens Game Their Way to Mental Wellness

Kognito’s Friend2Friend simulation lets high school students practice talking with a friend in distress and connecting them to a supportive adult.

MHA of Texas Leads the Way on Suicide Prevention Statewide

Since 2010, MHA of Texas has been a first-adopter of Kognito At-Risk simulations for PK-12 on behalf of its public schools and teacher training programs.

Creating Cost-Effective Campus Mental Health Programs

California Community Colleges, the largest U.S. higher education system choose Kognito to equip staff and students with mental health skills.

Using Tech to Stop Anti-LGBTQ Bullying

Fairfax County (VA) Public Schools have given all faculty and staff members access to Kognito’s Step In, Speak Up! simulation to help them address anti-LGBTQ bullying.

Meeting Nebraska’s Suicide Prevention Training Mandate

In Nebraska, suicide is a leading cause of death for children 10-19 which prompted lawmakers to pass a law requiring educators to go through suicide prevention and awareness training.

ThriveNYC Adopting Kognito Simulations

As part of New York City’s groundbreaking municipal mental health initiative, ThriveNYC, all public elementary, middle and high schools have access to Kognito At-Risk simulations.

A Finer Safety Net

Palo Alto (CA) adopted Kognito simulations following a cluster of student suicides.

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