Can Virtual Role-Play with Avatars Enhance Suicide Prevention Initiatives?

Gatekeeper training prepares people to approach and refer individuals exhibiting signs of psychological distress including anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideation. Role-play is recognized as an essential instructional element in building the confidence, motivation, and skills to engage in these often difficult referral conversations. However, conducting effective role-plays encompasses a number of challenges including standardization of experience and discomfort of participants engaging in face-to-face role-plays.

Join us for a free webinar to learn about the result of a longitudinal study analyzing the use of online, virtual role-play conversations with fully animated avatars as a method to build gatekeeper skills and change behaviors among educators and students. This webinar will be repeated twice. Please click on your preferred date below:

                   Date: Tuesday, June 25, 2013                 Date: Wednesday, July 10, 2013
                   Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM EDT                    Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM EDT
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In the webinar, we will review the results of a longitudinal study conducted over a period of two years, and comprised 1,300 individuals, including secondary and higher education educators, faculty, staff and students at 195 educational institutions in 28 states. Participants in this study completed one of five training simulations that are included Kognito Interactive's At-Risk training suite. Participants will also see a demonstration of the virtual role-play technology.

These online simulations are currently utilized by over 400 colleges and state agencies and are listed in SPRC/AFSP Best Practices Registry Section III, with one also listed in SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP).

The webinar will be conducted by:

  • Dr. Glenn Albright, Director of Applied Research at Kognito
  • Dr. Joy Himmel, Dir. Health & Wellness Center at Pennsylvania State University Altoona
  • Sue Eastgard, Past President of the American Association of Suicidology

Copies of the research studies can be viewed at Demos of the simulations included in the study can be viewed at:

We look forward to your participation!


Glenn Albright, Ph.D.
Director of Applied Research
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