Kognito is an online tool that universities all throughout the United States and Maryland are using to help students, faculty, staff, and administrators learn to recognize signs of psychological distress in various student populations. Users learn how to approach at-risk students and make appropriate referrals to campus support services for screening and assessment. Users are taught to do this through online role-play conversations with virtual students. Learners attain hands-on practice managing challenging, and often sensitive, conversations surrounding mental health and master the skills necessary to identify and connect students to help.
Available to the Loyola community are three different interactive programs, customized with Loyola-specific information. The three programs include At Risk On-Campus, LGBTQ On Campus, and Veterans On Campus. There are two modules for each category, one for students and one for faculty/staff/administrators. There is strong research support for the effectiveness of these programs!
The At Risk On-Campus module focuses on students experiencing problems such as depression, anxiety, and substance abuse. The LGBTQ on Campus module focuses on how to respond to biased comments, supporting a student who comes out, recognizing signs of psychological distress and how best to connect students to appropriate campus resources and services. The Veterans on campus module focuses on issues affecting student veterans. Loyola’s student veterans may be few, but they often face unique challenges.
This resource is free to use. Simply go to the Kognito website!
How Do I Sign Up?
Select 'Create a new account'. When it asks you to 'Choose your training POV', select 'University or College students/RA'. On the next page select 'Loyola University Maryland'.
Select 'Create a new account'. When it asks you to 'Choose your training POV', select 'University or College faculty/staff'. On the next page select 'Loyola University Maryland'.
From this page you can select your desired module. Each module takes approximately 30-60 minutes, and you can print a certificate of completion at the end. Join us in making Loyola University Maryland a safe and welcoming place for all students by getting your certificates today!