Becoming a Genius

  • Step 1

    Book and attend demo with Team Genius.

  • Step 2

    Review Genius recommendations
    for your course, or browse our
    library independently to select products.

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    Easily embed our products to your
    LMS.

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    Deploy to your students.
    Reflect and discuss with GA learning
    guides/assessments.

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    Watch as the next generation of
    professionals leave your classroom
    prepared to start their careers.

"There was a nice balance of strengths highlighted as well as constructive feedback. I was reminded how important it is to articulate empathy consistently, ask for specific details and keep questions open.”
Associate Clinical Professor, University of Wisconsin- Madison Sandra Rosenbaum School of Social Work
“Genius creates the magic of engagement for our students at Cox.”
David Jacobson, Executive Director, Working Professional Programs SMU Cox School of Business
“This is fantastic! I think this would be incredibly helpful in the psychodiagnosis class……Thank you for providing these great resources.”
Professor, Western New Mexico University

Check out our in depth FAQ's

What is Genius Academy?

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Genius Academy is an on-demand marketplace of immersive educational curriculum designed for specialized academic and professional training. Schools, organizations, and students can use these videos to enhance the learning experience for both in-person and online programs.

How Much Does This Cost?

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Our prices are designed to be affordable and accessable to all institutions, based on the number of students. Prices range from $40 per year per student, depending on the immersive experiences you'd like. Fill out our demo form for a quote.

Where can I find my Genius Academy Case Studies?

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Login to our on-demand streaming platform to search the entire Genius Academy Library. Here’s how to use our on-demand streaming platform.

What kinds of curriculum experiences do Genius Academy offer?

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Asynchronous Simulations are cinematic learning modules designed to immerse learners in realistic mental health scenarios. These modules enable learners to observe, understand, and analyze both their theoretical knowledge and practical application by immersing them in lifelike scenarios that mirror real-world challenges. By experiencing the scenarios in a real context, learners can enhance their practice, theory, diagnostic, and observational skills.

Genius Academy Library Platform: Offering a comprehensive collection of asynchronous simulations, the Genius Academy library is a valuable resource for both in-person and online classrooms. Educators can seamlessly integrate these videos into their curriculum to enhance learning and stimulate insightful discussions. Or, they can send their students to our site to subscribe.  Visit www.experiencegenius.academy to explore the extensive library.

Immersive Practicum Lab: In the world of education, the Immersive Practicum Lab revolutionizes the learning experience by seamlessly blending cinematic engagement with interactive, real-world simulations. This state-of-the-art platform captivates students, plunging them into a tailored learning environment where they can upload videos and immerse themselves in realistic scenarios. As they navigate these engaging experiences, advanced machine learning algorithms provide instantaneous, personalized feedback, honing their soft skills and diagnostic aptitude, and preparing them for the challenges of the real world.Beyond traditional learning platforms, the Immersive Practicum Lab offers a dynamic and adaptable learning ecosystem. Educators can customize immersive simulations to meet specific educational objectives, ensuring a relevant and impactful learning journey for every student. The real-time results portal keeps both educators and learners in the loop, offering immediate access to assessments and insights that drive continuous improvement and growth. Embark on a transformative educational adventure with the Immersive Practicum Lab for Genius Academy, where learning is not just acquired; it's experienced.

Virtual Client Experience (Synchronous Simulations):
The Virtual Client Experience goes beyond conventional training methods, introducing learners to live, real-time simulations. In these sessions, students engage with standardized patients or human-controlled avatars, facilitating real-time decision-making and immediate feedback, providing a remarkably close-to-real-life experience.Designed to revolutionize therapist and clinician training, this product offers an unparalleled experience, surpassing traditional role-play by enabling real-time, interactive training with virtual standardized patients, it equips healthcare professionals to meet the unique challenges of tele-therapy in today's digital age.

Why should I use Genius Academy's Simulations?

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Genius Academy simulations offer an immersive, hands-on training experience that bridges the gap between textbook teachings and real-world scenarios in mental health education. The simulations enhance engagement, critical thinking, and knowledge retention, preparing students for real-life scenarios like never beforeThey are ideal teaching tools for mental health disciplines, providing a personal connection to complex issues⁠⁠. These simulations have led to higher competency scores, increased learning retention, and improved student outcomes⁠.

What if I want custom Genius Academy content?

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Contact Us for Details!
+ Genius Produced would cover 50% of the production cost
+ Genius Academy would take on the content hosting and the majority of the co-marketing efforts

How can I schedule a demo?

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Submit a demo request here.

Genius Academy Pedagogy

What is the pedagogical efficacy of this content?

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The Genius Academy Mental Health Library was created by award-winning educators & instructional designers to change the future of mental health practice. Every piece of content in the Genius Academy Library is academically backed, thoughtfully produced, and vetted by experts for accuracy.

Based on our historic partnerships with top-tier universities and years of data studies pioneered by our VP of Curriculum and Instruction: Dr. Gary Wood, PhD. , we have proven results that our content works:

+ Increased Learning and Retention
+ Higher Performance In the Field
+ Proven Accelerated Competency Development

This content looks like something I'd see on tv. How does it work?

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Stories are powerful. They entertain, they educate, and they connect us to each other through our shared experiences, desires, and instincts. While technology rapidly changes our world and our lives, it fails to have as drastic an impact on our minds. The human brain continues to evolve, but the foundations of thought and emotion remain very much the same.

When information is presented in the form of a narrative or a “story”, it is received by the brain in a far different way than when delivered in a traditional method. “Traditional” educational methods (i.e. lectures, slideshows, textbooks) have been shown to activate what scientists call the Broca's area and Wernicke's area, the parts of the brain where words are decoded into meaning. Unfortunately, after that processing is complete, the activity ceases.

With storytelling, however, those same language-processing areas are similarly engaged, but it is also processed through cognitive empathy, which allows us to relate to the information personally. The result of that extra processing is increased absorption, familiarity, and memory. Additional physiological reactions to storytelling also contribute to learning. When an audience or learner is thoroughly invested in a story, the brain releases chemicals, such as cortisol, dopamine, and oxytocin, which help with awareness, arousal, and ultimately action.

How should I use the Genius Academy case study library in my course or degree program?

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Our immersive media experiences are intended for use as a powerful supplementary learning activity and can be integrated seamlessly into any number of social work, therapy, psychology, and clinical training programs.

Instructors may see value in structuring synchronous class discussions around the content, allowing each learner to reflect on what they observed and what it meant to them or they may find better use in creating a course project or knowledge-check activity that requires students to identify and report on symptoms and other diagnostic criteria present in the video.

The content is authentic and valid to the diagnosis being portrayed with a focus on communicating the symptoms and details in a way that requires student engagement and thought.

Based on learner outcomes, we help recommend pedagogy to utilize the content in our catalog in a multitude of ways. Here are a few examples:

THE CASE STUDY
The traditional case study ‘paper’ that is often utilized in beginning courses is simply replaced with a Genius Academy case study - which heightens experiential learning as students are observing rather than ‘being told’ much like they would in practice.

THE “CASELOAD.”
Onsite or online, individually or in groups, students are presented with characters for them to determine the appropriate course of action to take. Why is it one and not another?

“ID THE SYMPTOMS.”
Observing and recognizing symptoms to establish a treatment plan.

“THE ANCHOR.”
Use the video as a jumping-off point for exploring issues -- prevalence, gender and cultural differences, treatments/therapies with demonstrated effectiveness. The video serves as a memorable and engaging anchor to organize additional learning around.

“THE REWIND.”
In courses involved with teaching developmental theory, or theories of causation, students develop a history of the clients’ lives prior to the video. What significant influences or life events may have happened in clients' lives in the years before we see the client on video? What bio-psycho-socio-cultural factors may have been involved?

“THE TREATMENT PLAN.”
How can the character be helped? As a conversation starter or jumping-off point of a lecture. What would students suggest as ways to help? What does professional literature suggest?

How do you explain "correct" diagnosis in your mental health series?

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Genius Academy Cases have been precisely crafted to fulfill the diagnostic criteria for the intended “Correct Diagnosis.” However, students, course instructors, and clinicians may at times disagree with the diagnosis.

This is similar to diagnostic disagreements between clinicians in real-life situations and results because assigning a diagnosis requires clinical judgement to determine if the diagnostic criteria have been met. And that judgement may vary among clinicians.

In real life, there would be the ability to ask further questions of the client, or possibly of others in the client’s life, in order to clarify details.

Disagreement over the most accurate diagnoses to assign make wonderful teaching moments. Why do students see it differently? How do they justify their diagnosis over their colleagues?

What additional information would they like to confirm the diagnosis?

Situations like these can lead to robust class discussions exploring the deeper nuances of the diagnosis.

Our Blog

Healing Through Innovation: The Story Behind Genius Academy

In this deeply personal and moving blog post, K. Rocco Shields, founder of Genius Academy, shares the poignant story of losing her father to the shadows of mental health and addiction issues that were compounded by systemic failures in healthcare. The narrative begins with a heart-wrenching goodbye, which not only marked a significant personal loss but also a pivotal moment of awakening. This loss, deeply felt and irreversibly transformative, became the catalyst for the creation of Genius Academy.

  • May 1, 2024

  • Pedagogy

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Introducing the Immersive Practicum Lab: Revolutionizing Competency Development in Mental Health

Discover how Genius Academy is harnessing the transformative power of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to revolutionize competency development in mental health practice. Explore personalized learning pathways, immersive simulations, real-time evaluation, and redefined competency assessments that are reshaping the future of the profession. Unleash the potential of AI and unlock new levels of professional growth and impact in the field of mental health.

  • May 1, 2024

  • Development

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A Game-Changing Moment: Genius Academy on 'Entrepreneur Elevator Pitch'

In our latest blog post, we take you behind the scenes of our exhilarating appearance on 'Entrepreneur Elevator Pitch.' It's more than just a story – it's an emotional ride of innovation and determination. Witness how we transformed a simple pitch into an immersive experience that left investors spellbound and marked a turning point in mental health education.

  • May 1, 2024

  • Development

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The DSM Rap: A Unique Take on the History of Mental Health Diagnosis

Our inaugural episode features an extraordinary collaboration with Dr. Greg Neimeyer, a renowned expert in psychodiagnostic systems. Dr. Neimeyer, a Professor Emeritus at the University of Florida and acclaimed trainer on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) and the International Classification of Diseases (ICD), brings his expertise to this captivating project.

  • May 1, 2024

  • Media

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