What is TAO?
TAO is an online library of engaging, interactive programs to learn life skills and to help you bounce back from disappointments or stumbling blocks in your life. It includes educational modules, assessments, practice tools and logs, and an extensive mindfulness library. You will learn personal skills to improve your resilience, and interpersonal skills to aid effective communication with others. And, you complete TAO at your own pace. TAO is not one size fits all, and we encourage you to venture on different pathways to find what works best for you.
Pathways in TAO include:
- Calming Your Worry — You may select from two versions of this pathway: one focuses on broad life experiences, while the other is tailored to the challenges of the college student. In either version, you will learn to recognize and understand how your thoughts influence your feelings and behaviors. By learning to catch negative thoughts and consider them in a more positive light, you will find that you begin to act with greater confidence. As you realize you have control over your thoughts, you'll worry less about the challenges ahead, knowing that you have the ability to persist through difficulties.
- Let Go and Be Well — Resilience is the psychological concept of successfully processing and adapting to change and stress. This pathway guides you to a place where you can begin to accept and embrace your life fully, even its challenges. Improving your ability to accept and adapt to unexpected events in your life can lead to marked improvement in both functioning and mood. In addition to learning mindfulness techniques that allow you to practice being in the present moment, you will also begin to clarify and understand your own personal values. By committing to living a life that follows these priorities, you will likely find greater peace and well-being.
- Interpersonal Relationships and Communication — Relationships can be challenging sometimes. This pathway will help you understand how to improve your relationships by building communication skills, learning to recognize unhealthy relationship behaviors, and finding ways to manage anger. You'll also learn how to respond more effectively to others.
- Leave Your Blues Behind — When life feels low, it's easy to think negatively. This pathway will encourage you to find ways to think more positively; in doing so, you'll notice that you don't feel quite as blue anymore. As you learn to pay attention to your thoughts and find ways to view situations in a more constructive light, you'll find that your behaviors become more positive as well. This pathway also includes a section on mindfulness, which will help you learn to be present in your life and find peace in the moment.
- Improving Your Mood — This pathway will teach you that there is some truth behind the phrase, "fake it 'til you make it." When we feel down, it's easy to begin to withdraw from others, which leads to a cycle of continuing to feel blue. By learning to challenge yourself to engage with your life, even when you don't initially feel like it, you'll actually begin to feel better and think more positively.
- Pain Management — Learn the brain’s role in pain and develop effective pain management skills. These lessons may be particularly useful for athletes, people dealing with chronic pain, or those recovering from a significant injury or surgery. Topics include understanding pain, lifestyle factors, and various strategies to manage or reduce pain, including cognitive strategies, meditation, and acceptance and commitment therapy.
- Evaluating Alcohol and Drug Use — This pathway is for people seeking more knowledge and information about the role substances play in their lives. In these lessons, you will reflect on your own choices regarding alcohol and drug use, and possibly create a plan for any changes you'd like to make in these behaviors.
- Recovery Skills and Topics — This pathway is for people aiming to understand and address common issues experienced by those seeking recovery from addictions. This will include learning how to make decisions, handle cravings, lean on support networks, and how to manage feelings of guilt and shame. Through completing these modules, one will find the increased knowledge needed to be able to create positive change in their life.
Interested in learning more about TAO?
- TAO Self-Help Explained (video)
- TAO Online Screening (a few questions about common problems and feedback regarding next steps to consider)
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