Practice conversations about challenging topics with virtual patients

Kognito online simulations use “virtual patients” (avatars) to help build skills for effective conversations about challenging topics using motivational interviewing. These interactive, real-time simulations address alcohol and drug use, mental health, trauma, chronic pain, suicide risk assessment and related issues. The simulations are applicable to diverse settings and may be useful to many different professions including nurses, physicians, physician assistants, social workers, mental health professionals, substance abuse treatment professionals, school counselors, community health workers and others. Each simulation lasts from a half hour to one hour and can be completed in more than one sitting. A certificate is provided upon completion.  Here is a link to the Kognito website to learn more about this innovative approach to learning:

SBIRT Colorado at Peer Assistance Services currently offers access to the following Kognito simulations:

1)      SBI Skills Assessmentnew January 2016 – the basics of alcohol screening and brief intervention with two adult patient scenarios; includes a competency evaluation (.75 contact hours of CNE available for nurses upon completion)
2)      SBI with Adolescentsnew January 2016 – screening and brief intervention for alcohol and drugs with three adolescent scenarios (2.0 contact hours of CNE or NASW available for nurses and social workers upon completion)
3)      At Risk in Primary Care: mental health and substance use with three adult patient scenarios (1.5 contact hours of CNE or CME available for nurses and physicians upon completion)
4)      At Risk in the ED: substance use and related issues with one adolescent and two adult patient scenarios (1.5 contact hours of CNE or CME available for nurses and physicians upon completion)

To access a simulation, go to:
Enrollment key: sbipas

From there, you can create an account, choose your institution from the drop-down list when prompted, and then select the module you wish to completeIf your organization is not listed in the drop-down list, choose Other. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact or 303.733.4629.