Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health findings recommend postvention training to support COVID-19 student trauma

BURLINGTON, Mass., October 19, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Kognito, an experiential learning company, has announced the release of Postvention as prevention: Dealing with loss at school, a research article published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

Kognito’s research team, in conjunction with Ascend Learning’s Innovative Science group, conducted a year-long research study using multiple methodologies to demonstrate the critical need for postvention training among educators, administrators and school staff to support students’ mental and emotional health and well-being in the wake of COVID-19.

“This study demonstrates the effectiveness of an online virtual role-playing simulation used to train educators and school staff to identify, approach, and refer at-risk students who may be experiencing distress. distress associated with loss due to the pandemic. We believe research like this continues to support the use of innovative play technology to teach people how they can actively participate in improving school climate, fostering a sense of safety, and ultimately , supporting student mental and behavioral health,” said Nikita KhalidCUNY Graduate Center Doctoral Candidate, Research Scientist, Kognito.

Level one data showed that 92% of participants would recommend the simulation to a colleague, while 82% indicated that the training is based on relevant, real-life scenarios. Pre- and post-survey data showed a significant average Likert scale increase in both trainees’ readiness and self-efficacy to identify and refer a distressed student to support, recognize behavioral changes , engaging in self-care, and motivating a college to connect with support.

Khalid continued, “Overall, these data demonstrate the critical need for postvention training and provide encouraging evidence regarding the effectiveness of virtual role-playing simulations in preparing educators and staff to lead postvention efforts in their school communities.”

The pandemic has had a huge impact on the most vulnerable population, our children, and an estimated 5.2 million people worldwide have lost a parent or caregiver. Such negative experiences often lead to anxiety, depression, substance use and suicidal ideation. The objective of the study was to analyze the effectiveness of a virtual role-playing simulation such as Coping with loss at school providing essential postvention training to educators and staff.

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