TAO (Therapy Assisted Online) 

What is TAO? 

The TAO tools and platform were built to meet student educational and skill development needs in the areas of well-being and behavioral health.  TAO self-help can be used 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. TAO Self help can help increase access to resources, improve quality of life and well-being, help students overcome challenges, remove barriers impacting student lives, and reduce costs since this resources is FREE to UCI students! The TAO program can also be tailored to provide resources for various campus partners and the work they do with the UCI student body. Please contact the Counseling Center (949-824-6457) or email Dr. Meladee Garst at garstm@uci.edu, if you are interested in utilizing TAO as a resource for your department. 

**Please note: The resources presented below are informational and are intended to serve as an aid in understanding the topics presented. These resources are not intended as a substitute for assistance from a qualified mental health professional.

How Do I Sign Up for TAO? 

1. In your browser window, navigate to https://us.taoconnect.org/register

2. Enter First Name, Last Name, and your school email address

3. Create a Password (If your school has SSO with TAO ignore this step)

4. Leave the 'Enrollment Key' field blank. 

5. Click Sign Me Up.

6. Check your email. You will be sent a Welcome to TAO email with a confirmation link which you must click on to sign in.

7. Mobile downloads available by going to your app store and searching "TAO Mobile".

For further questions about TAO Self Help, you may contact the UCI Counseling Center at 949-824-6457 or email Dr. Meladee Garst at garstm@uci.edu.

Check out this video below to learn how to set up a TAO Self-Help account today! 

What is Therapy Assisted Online?

How to Use the TAO Platform?

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