What is TAO

TAO allows you to get effective treatment on your own time and in your own environment. It is free for both students and employees at Amarillo College. It may be helpful to think of TAO as an online library of engaging, interactive programs to learn life skills and to help you bounce back from disappointments or stumbling blocks in life. As you watch videos and engage with our interactive components, you'll gain the knowledge, self-awareness, and skills you need to achieve your goals. 

Once logged into TAO, you can select from a variety of modules to work on whatever you choose! Some of these modules include: 

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. 

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 abilities to accept and adapt to unexpected events in your life can lead to a 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 those priorities, you will likely find greater peace and well-being.

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. 

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 techniques, which will help you learn to be present in your life and find peace in the moment.

This pathway will teach you that there is 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. 


Self-Screening Tool 

Here you can anonymously complete a self-screening assessment that will ask you a few questions about common problems and then provide you with feedback about which modules may be most helpful for you. 

TAO Self-Screening Tool

How to Sign Up for TAO

  1. Go to
  2. Click on sign up in self help with an institution - be sure to use your Amarillo College email address
  3. Students can leave the 'EnrollmentKey' field blank. Employees will use the enrollment key: Self-Help20
  4. Follow the rest of the steps that TAO takes you through
  5. Check your email. You will be sent a confirmation link which you must click on before signing in.


You can use TAO from any web platform, or you can download the TAO app from the PlayStore or the AppStore. Funding for TAO has been provided by the Amarillo College Foundation.