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K-State Today

March 1, 2012

At-risk training: Recognizing and helping those in need

Submitted by SafeZone

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Are you concerned about what to do if a student needs help?

Do you want to enhance your skills as a helper?

Then this training is just for you! 

When given access to the At-Risk Training Program, individuals log into an interactive online training simulator, similar in style to a video game. The objective is to search and identify students/veterans within the given scenarios who are at-risk for factors like suicide, depression and anxiety. To aid in the search, the individual is given access to relevant academic and personal information of the various characters in the module. Once the information is analyzed, the individual can then approach the student(s)/veteran believed to be at-risk. A conversation tree allows for different dialogue options as the individual attempts to find the best way to not only approach the student/veteran, but gather verbal information from him/her in an effort to get the best help needed.

The training will be from 3-5 p.m. Thursday, March 8, in Room 209 of the K-State Student Union. Registration is available online.

Participants need to bring a laptop for this training.