As faculty and staff, you can take small steps that could make a big difference to support our graduate and undergraduate students when they need it the most. You do not need to be an expert in order to provide beginning assistance.
Kognito At-Risk for Faculty & Staff is an online simulation designed to help staff and faculty members strengthen their ability to notice signs of emotional distress, use techniques to discuss concerns, and refer students to appropriate campus resources when necessary. Both national and campus mental health resources are provided in the training.
Kognito At-Risk for Faculty & Staff is free, can be completed at any available computer, and started or resumed at your convenience. The simulation consists of you playing the role as a faculty member engaging in challenging conversations with three different students. Each student is dealing with different concerns that affect their academics: overwhelming stress, paranoia, social isolation, and thoughts of suicide. This training, which is already in use at over 350 colleges and universities, is listed in the Suicide Prevention Resource Center’s Best Practices Registry.
To complete the online simulation exercise:
- Go to the Kognito website.
- Create a new account
- Use enrollment key: wustl18
- You will be asked to select where you work within WashU. If you do not work for an academic college, then please select “Central Fiscal Unit.”
- Launch At-Risk for Faculty & Staff
The simulation should take no more than 45 minutes to complete, though the time it will take may vary based on your level of engagement. We recommend using the following browsers for the best experience: Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge; the simulation will not work on Internet Explorer.
Please note that it is best to use a wired connection (rather than WiFi), use headphones if you are in a shared space, and disable pop-up blockers before initiating the simulation.
For any technical support issues, refer to this website or call 646-923-8632 between the hours of 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. CST.