TAO

What is TAO?

TAO (Therapy Assistance Online) is an online library of engaging, interactive programs that help you learn life skills and bounce back from disappointments and stumbling blocks. As you watch their videos and engage with the interactive components, you'll gain the necessary knowledge and self-awareness to achieve your specific goals. TAO offers: 

  • Educational modules
  • Assessments
  • Practice tools and logs
  • A mindfulness library

What's the time commitment?

You can complete TAO at your own pace — whether that's just one session a day, or perhaps two whole modules. It's entirely up to you!

What topics does TAO address?

TAO offers a variety of different modules, some of which 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 both versions, 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 life events can lead to a marked improvement in both functioning and mood. In addition to learning mindfulness techniques that allow you to practice being present, you will also begin to clarify and understand your own personal values. By committing to living a life that follows those priorities, you will likely find greater peace and wellbeing.

Interpersonal Relationships and Communication

Relationships can sometimes be challenging. 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 new ways to think 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 techniques which will help you be present in your life and find peace in the moment. 

Improving Your Mood

This pathway will teach you that there's some truth behind the phrase "fake it till 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. 

Therapy Exercises

Guided Video Exercises from TAO

  • Mindful Walking
  • Take a Vacation in Your Mind - Guided Imagery
  • 10 Deep Breaths

  • Mindful Examination of a Leaf
  • Mindful Eating
  • Mindful Breathing
  • Mindful Awareness
  • Letting Go
  • Notice Yourself
  • Observing Thoughts Exercise
  • States of Flow
  • Meditation for Pain
  • Meditation on Body Acceptance
  • Loving Kindness Meditation
  • Finding your Happy Place
  • Light as a Feather
  • Meditation for Intrusive Thoughts
  • Breathe in Peace and Energy
  • Positive In, Negative Out
  • Meditation for Restful Sleep

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Login Instructions

1. First-time users: create a TAO account by visiting the signup page (no enrollment key needed).

2. Go to the TAO login portal and enter your email. Click 'Next.'

3. You'll see a popup that says 'We are redirecting you to your institution's login page.' Click 'Continue.'

4. Authenticate with your CalNet credentials.