Kognito and NORC at the University of Chicago to Showcase New Simulation for Health Professionals at Upcoming NPN and AACN Conferences

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Adam and Goplerud to Present New Screening and Brief Intervention Simulation


Kognito, a creator of digital experiences that prepare people for the conversations that matter most, announced today that it will be co-presenting with NORC at the University of Chicago, one of the largest independent social research organizations in the United States, at the National Prevention Network (NPN) conference, being held November 17-19, 2015 in Seattle, Washington, and at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Baccalaureate Education Conference, which takes place November 19-21, 2015 in Orlando, Florida.

On Wednesday, November 18th from 3:30 - 5:15 p.m., Cyrille Adam, Ed.M., senior director of health programs at Kognito, and Eric Goplerud, Ph.D., vice president and senior fellow, Department of Public Health Research, NORC, University of Chicago, will participate in a panel discussion at the NPN Conference entitled, “Screening and Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT): A Discussion on the Implementation of SBIRT and the Relationship to Prevention,” facilitated by Leslie H. Brougham Freeman, Ph.D., LPP, director of prevention services at the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals.

On Saturday, November 21st from 7:30 - 8:20 a.m. Adam and Goplerud will present “Integrating Adolescent Substance Abuse Screening, Brief Intervention, and Treatment throughout Nursing Education” at the AACN conference. The session will address how SBIRT has been proven cost-effective and is one of the most widely-supported prevention frameworks to address substance use, but lacks support in social work graduate and undergraduate programs, despite the large body of evidence supporting this substance abuse prevention method.

NORC at the University of Chicago has been funded by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation to increase training opportunities in adolescent SBIRT within undergraduate and graduate social work and nursing programs. In October 2014, NORC partnered with the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), Center for Clinical Social Work, and American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) to support the integration of adolescent SBIRT into required course work for their students. As part of the curriculum, Kognito is providing a mobile and online immersive learning simulation designed to prepare nurses, social workers and other health professionals to screen adolescents for substance use, perform brief interventions using motivational interviewing techniques, and refer patients to treatment when needed.

About NORC at the University of Chicago
NORC at the University of Chicago is an independent research organization headquartered in downtown Chicago with additional offices on the University of Chicago’s campus, the DC Metro area, Atlanta, Boston, and San Francisco. NORC also supports a nationwide field staff as well as international research operations. With clients throughout the world, NORC collaborates with government agencies, foundations, educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, and businesses to provide data and analysis that support informed decision-making in key areas, including health care, education, economics, crime, justice, and energy. NORC’s decades of leadership and experience in data collection, analysis, and dissemination—coupled with deep subject matter expertise—provide the foundation for effective solutions.

About Kognito
Kognito is an NYC-based simulation company. We create digital experiences that prepare people for the conversations that matter most. Our scientists, artists, and technologists use the latest principles behind neuroscience, social cognition, and game mechanics to create simulated conversations with virtual humans where people practice and self-assess their ability to manage conversations that can lead to positive changes in social, emotional, and phsyical health. Kognito's growing portfolio of simulations have been licensed by over 500 leading health, education, non-profit, and government institutions. The company's science-driven and research-proven approach contributed to Kognito being the only company with health simulations listed in the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP). Learn more at http://www.kognito.com

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Laura Nelson
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