Kognito LGBTQ Anti-bullying Role-Play Simulation Added to SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices

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Only Simulation Listed That Supports LGBTQ Youth Highlighted During National Bullying Prevention Month

Step In, Speak Up!

Kognito announced today that its simulation, Step In, Speak Up!, has received the highest rating from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration’s (SAMHSA) National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP). The simulation is the fifth Kognito program to be listed in NREPP and the only simulation listed that supports LGBTQ youth and anti-bullying efforts. To date, more than 10,000 educators have engaged with this simulation, which has been shown to transform educators’ attitudes and self-confidence in addressing use of biased language and other forms of harassment.

Step In, Speak Up! is a professional development role-play simulation for educators that builds understanding and appreciation for the challenges faced by LGBTQ youth - including bullying, absenteeism, homelessness, and thoughts of suicide. Educators practice conversations with virtual students to prepare them to lead real-life conversations with students to curtail harassment and support those who may be struggling as a result of bullying or isolation. In its review, SAMHSA stated that the program “is effective… (and) yielded strong evidence of a favorable effect.”

Surveys conducted with educators who had completed the simulation, found that three months after completing it:

  • Half (50%) of respondents reported an increase in the number of students they connected to support services because they were being teased, harassed or bullied.
  • More than half (56%) of respondents reported an increase of the number of students they talked with after class to check to see if a teased, harassed or bullied student is OK.
  • Nearly half (47%) of respondents reported an increase in the number of students they intervened with when the student revealed they were LGBTQ and being teased, harassed or bullied.

“Step In, Speak Up! is a powerful tool for creating a more safe, respectful, and inclusive school community,” said Ron Goldman, Co-Founder & CEO of Kognito. “Inclusion in the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices supports the efforts by many of clients including Step In, Speak Up! as a key part of their efforts to improve school climate and connectedness.”

For more information about Step In, Speak Up! and for a free demo visit the Kognito website.    

About Kognito
Kognito is a health simulation company that believes in the power of conversation to change lives. We are pioneers in developing research-proven, role-play simulations that prepare individuals to lead real-life conversations that result in measurable changes in social, emotional, and physical health. Our growing portfolio of simulations is used by 300+ leading health, education, government, and non-profit organizations for professional development and public education. To date, more than 1 million people have engaged in a Kognito simulation. Kognito is 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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