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Many Uses for TAO on Campus

The TAO tools and platform were built to meet many students’ skill development & educational needs in well-being and behavioral health. 

TAO can be used to provide self-help when students need support and education for common issues, and to provide professionally guided help when the student’s problems require a higher level of care. The TAO platform includes a measure of resilience that allows administrators to track the utilization and effectiveness of the tools in various use cases on campus. Here are some ideas for how campuses are using the TAO platform:

Student Training in Well-being and Resilience

  • Six module training on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Mindfulness library
  • Communications and relationship training
  • Problem-solving

Athletic Departments

  • Evaluating alcohol and drug use
    (Motivational Interviewing)
  • Addiction recovery skills
  • Mindfulness library
  • Anger management
  • Effective communications
  • Problem solving
  • Relationship skills
  • ACT resilience training

Stress Management Training

  • Six module training on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Mindfulness library

Student Conduct & Conflict Resolution

  • Anger management
  • Problem solving
  • Effective communication
  • Avoiding drama in relationships
  • Mindfulness
  • Evaluating alcohol and drug use (Motivational Interviewing)
  • Addiction recovery skills

Student Health & Counseling Services

  • Anxiety Treatment (CBT, relaxation, exposure, and mindfulness)
  • Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, specific phobias
  • Depression treatment (CBT, Behavioral Activation, or ACT)
  • Clinical depression, dysphoria, sub-syndromal depressive symptoms
  • Substance Abuse (Motivational Interviewing, Harm Reduction, Relapse Prevention), Alcohol dependence, drug dependence, substance abuse, branching with help for both abstinence and harm reduction
  • Stress Management (ACT, Mindfulness, CBT)

Prevention Through Education

Alcohol Abuse Prevention Content

For the first time, TAO brings the Alcohol Literacy Challenge (ALC) in a completely digital format. The ALC, has been recognized as effective by SAMHSA and was developed, and researched by Dr. Peter Debenedittis. The program takes 60 minutes to complete on line and covers alcohol expectancies, the difference between pharmacological effects and placebo effects, social norms, and the efforts by alcohol companies to deceptively display positive alcohol expectancies in advertising.  

Sexual Violence Prevention Content

TAO has partnered with Dimensions Learning to bring online delivered sexual violence prevention training. Select from 11 sessions including: sexual agency, gender identity, social judgement, gender socialization, healthy sexuality in a relationship, healthy and unhealthy relationship boundaries, consent, coercion, peer pressure, alcohol and drugs, bystander intervention, myths and realities of sexual violence, gender stereotypes, and changing the culture around gender and sexual violence.

Dimensions Learning worked with faculty and graduate students to ground our program in cutting-edge theory and practice.  In addition, Dimensions conducted research with universities to validate content and its impact on knowledge and attitudes.


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