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Training: Helping Students in Distress

Champlain College offers a virtual training to all students, staff, and faculty to equip our community with the tools they need to help students in distress.

Champlain College is a small community where we take care of each other. It is important that we feel ready to handle situations where students may be in distress. Sometimes, this means having the wisdom to know we can't handle it alone and need to seek help.

In this 40-minute Kognito training, you enter a virtual environment and engage in role-play "conversations" with emotionally responsive virtual humans. The conversations are done via clicking multiple choice options; no speaking is necessary and the training is suitable for completing in a public space with headphones. Through receiving personalized feedback, you learn to:

  • Increase knowledge and awareness about mental health and suicide 
  • Recognize and identify the signs of distress in self and others, including verbal, behavioral, and situational clues
  • Utilize effective communication techniques to support someone who shows signs of distress
  • Understand support options
  • Effectively refer to additional support
  • Practice self-reflection and apply strategies to increase resiliency

Information about crisis and non-crisis resources are also embedded in the module. Please give yourself 40 minutes to complete this training. You will not be able to skip ahead or work in another browser window.

This training is a required InSight Wellbeing milestone for second-year students. If you are a second-year student, please access the training through your InSIght Canvas course (or via the specific link below) so credit is applied.

Class of 2026 training

All student training

Faculty and staff training

If you need assistance with your health and wellbeing, please visit Champlain College's Wellbeing resource hub.