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April 8, 2014

Suicide Prevention

12:15 p.m. 1:30 p.m. End Time
12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. | E. H. Butler Library 318

Many of our students are facing economic, academic and social pressures.  These conditions often compromise students’ academic achievement affecting their ability to stay in school.
Kognito At-Risk for University and College Faculty is an online, interactive gatekeeper training simulation used at more than 300 campuses nationwide. In this 45-minute training, faculty and staff learn how to recognize when a student is exhibiting signs of psychological distress and how to approach and connect the student with support services on campus. As a part of  SAMHSA grant “Buffalo State Cares: A Call to Bystanders to Prevent Suicide on Campus”,  this training is free to the first 100 faculty or staff who sign up below. Faculty who attend this seminar will be introduced to  an interactive training called Kognito. Kognito is an award-winning developer of role-playing training simulations and games in the areas of health and behavioral health.  Users of the online training will  learn effective communication tactics for managing challenging conversations by practicing speaking with intelligent, fully animated, and emotionally responsive avatars that act and respond like real humans.

Avatar-Based Learning
Users 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

At this workshop, you will be guided by members of The Counseling Center and SAMHSA grant team and you will be able to take this training in the computer lab.  We hope you attend this session.  If you would like to take this on your own time and would  like to learn how to identify students who may be at risk of suicide and what you can do about it click on the following link to create an account and take this interactive training:  You will need to enter the enrollment key: buff816    

Open to: faculty