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Personal Counseling & Wellness Services

Kognito Interactive Training Avatars

Online Training for CSM Faculty & Staff and Students: Supporting our Campus Community

Kognito At-Risk is an online, interactive gatekeeper training simulation used at more than 750 campuses nationwide. Learn to identify and talk to students and peers exhibiting signs of psychological distress and motivate them to seek appropriate help. Possible signs of distress include depression, anxiety, PTSD, and thoughts of suicide.

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At Risk for Faculty and Staff

At Risk - Faculty

At Risk Peer to Peer

At Risk - Students

Veterans on CampusVeterans - Faculty

Veterans Peer to Peer

Veterans - Students

LGBTQ for Faculty and Staff

LGBTQ - Faculty

LGBTQ Peer to Peer

LGBTQ - Students
This innovative online simulation will enhance your skills through direct practice in a risk-free environment with student avatars. The training covers identification of students experiencing various types distress along with practice conversations to motivate those students to seek help. Feel free to promote this to your students.

These 6 innovative online simulations (3 for Faculty and Staff – and 3 for Students) will enhance our campus communities skills through direct practice in a risk-free environment through the use of student/adult avatars. This suite of training simulations are designed to educate our faculty, staff, and students about best practices in supporting:
  1. Students who struggle with psychological distress including depression and suicidal ideation
  2. Student veterans who are facing challenges in adjusting to college life
  3. LGBTQ students who are struggling due to harassment or exclusion
Each training takes 30-60 minutes to complete and is structured as a virtual practice environment where users learn by engaging in interactive role-play conversations with emotionally responsive student avatars. The suite is available at no-cost to all California community college faculty, staff, and students.*

Please take advantage of the availability of this training to help safeguard our students and support mental and behavioral health. For more information contact Catherine M. Firpo, Ph.D., Faculty Coordinator for the Mental Health Grant at

*This training is made available to all California community colleges through the CCC Student Mental Health Program, a partnership between the Chancellor’s Office and the Foundation for California Community Colleges (FCCC) funded through a grant from the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA).

CalMHSA is an organization of county governments working to improve mental health outcomes for individuals, families and communities. CalMHSA administers programs funded by the voter approved Mental Health Services Act (Prop. 63) on a statewide, regional and local basis. Prop 63 provides the funding and framework needed to expand mental health services to previously underserved populations and all of California's diverse communities.

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