Kognito-At risk, suicide prevention training for high schools
Posted 9/04/12 (Tue)
MINOT STATE’S NDCPD RECEIVES CONTRACT TO TRAIN
HIGH SCHOOL STAFF ABOUT SUICIDE RISKS
The North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities, Minot State University’s Center of Excellence in developmental disabilities, has been awarded a contract from the N.D. Department of Health, Suicide Prevention Division, to implement a statewide high school personnel training program.
“This is such an important endeavor for high schools in North Dakota. Our state has high rates of suicide ideation and attempts, and this training will help prepare educators to help our students,” said Brent Askvig, NDCPD executive director and project lead. “It is critical that this partnership with NDCPD and the N.D. Department of Health reach as many high school educators as possible. An investment of one hour in training may help save so many young lives in our state.”
NDCPD will utilize “Kognito – At Risk,” an avatar-based computer program to prepare secondary school educators to recognize the common indicators of psychological distress and approach an at-risk student for referral to the appropriate school support service. The training is all online and free to high school staff.
The roll out of the system will begin in late August and will run throughout the next academic year.
For questions, contact Askvig at firstname.lastname@example.org or 858-3580.