Endorsed Opportunities

We’re more than just a resource hub. B-HERO can connect you to behavioral health training, programs, services, partners, and entities that do the best work in their fields. Take a look at some of our endorsed opportunities!

Endorsed Opportunities

We’re more than just a resource hub. B-HERO can connect you to behavioral health training, programs, services, providers, and entities that do the best work in their fields. Take a look at some of our endorsed opportunities!



*B-HERO Top Pick!

Kognito is a health simulation company comprised of learning experts, designers, technologists and implementation professionals that provide evidence-based simulations that build a variety of competencies. Kognito’s simulations help participants build interpersonal intervention skills through role-play conversations with virtual people.

All public, private and tribal school personnel in North Dakota have access to Kognito’s At-Risk Series for Mental Health Promotion, Early Identification, and Suicide Prevention at no cost.

For more information on Kognito, check out B-HERO’s Training Tools to Support Schools feature or get started at northdakota.kognito.com.

Kognito Virtual Simulations
Trauma Sensitive Schools: A New Perspective on Student Behavior and Learning

One in four children has been exposed to a traumatic event that may have a lasting impact on their well-being and functioning. By understanding how trauma impacts students and their families, and adopting a trauma- informed approach, educators can play a crucial role in mitigating both the short- and long-term effects of trauma.

To learn more about Trauma Sensitive Schools and the annual Training of Trainers, check out B-HERO’s Training Tools to Support Schools feature and visit https://www.creand.org/tss.

Trauma Sensitive Schools Feat. Minot Public SchoolsJune 2024 - Virtual Trauma Sensitive Schools TrainingSummer 2024 - Virtual TSS Trainer Cohort
Endorsed Opportunities
PREPaRE School Crisis Prevention & Intervention

PREPaRE trains school leadership teams, school-employed mental health professionals, and other educators how to best fill the roles and responsibilities generated by their school crisis response teams. PREPaRE is the only comprehensive, nationally available training curriculum developed for educators by educators– and is a product of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) as part of its decades long leadership in supporting school crisis prevention and response capabilities at the local level.

To learn more about PREPaRE, check out B-HERO’s Training Tools to Support Schools feature. For upcoming training information, please contact bhero.crea@k12.nd.us.

PREPaRE School Crisis Prevention + Intervention
Classroom WISE

Classroom WISE (Well-Being Information & Strategies for Educators) is self-paced, six-module online course for educators developed by the Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) Network in partnership with the National Center for School Mental Heatlh. ClassroomWISE is focused on educator mental health literacy, and each module presents concrete, universal approaches for promoting student mental health and creating safe and supportive classroom environments.

For more information and to get started with ClassroomWISE, see B-HERO’s Training Tools to Support Schools feature.

Endorsed Opportunities
Mandated Reporter Training

This online training module, hosted by the North Dakota Department of Human Services, Children and Family Services outlines the procedures for mandated reporting, including warning signs of child maltreatment, information on where and how to report suspected maltreatment, and guidance on what comes after a report is made to the appropriate entity.

For educators looking to refresh their knowledge on Mandated reporting, or for those new to the field interested in learning more, check out B-HERO’s Training Tools to Support Schools feature of Mandated Reporter Training.

Question, Persuade, Refer: Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training

Question, Persuade, Refer is an evidence-based suicide prevention protocol, also termed as a gatekeeper training, with a mission to save lives and reduce suicidal behaviors by providing innovative, practical and proven suicide prevention training. 

According to the Surgeon General’s National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (2001), a gatekeeper is someone in a position to recognize a crisis and the warning signs that someone may be contemplating suicide. People trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. Gatekeepers can be anyone, but include all those who are strategically positioned to recognize and refer someone at risk of suicide, like school personnel and community leaders. Visit B-HERO’s Training Tools to Support Schools feature to learn more about the training.

For more information on attending a QPR session or scheduling a QPR training for your school, please contact bhero.crea@k12.nd.us.

Question, Persuade, Refer - Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper TrainingQPR Training Registration
Endorsed Opportunities
Poverty Simulation

The Poverty Simulation is an interactive immersion group experience designed to bridge the gap from misconception to understanding of the realities of living in poverty. In this simulation, participants are assigned to a “family” where they face common challenges and scenarios present when living week-to-week in a low-income household. The objective of the simulation is to promote awareness, increase empathy, and inspire local change.

To learn about bringing a Poverty SImulation to your school community, check out B-HERO’s Training Tools to Support Schools feature.

Poverty Simulation
Harvard Relationship-Mapping Protocol

The Harvard Relationship-Mapping Protocol is a simple but meaningful process designed to help educators identify students who could benefit from supportive relationships with adults in school, and through the process, connect every student with at least one trusting and supportive staff member.

For more information on the Relationship Mapping Protocol, take a look at B-HERO’s Training Tools to Support Schools feature or visit the Harvard website linked here.

Harvard Relationship-Mapping Protocol

Programs & Services

Check & Connect

Check & Connect is an evidence-based intervention intended for K-12 students who show warning signs of disengagement and are at risk of dropping out. Check & Connect pairs each student with a caring, trained Mentor who utilizes student data to create personalized, timely interventions that help solve problems, build skills, and enhance competence. This program was developed out of the University of Minnesota and endorsed by the North Dakota Full-Service Community Schools Consortium.

To learn more about Check & Connect, including implementation and support options, see B-HERO’s Tell Us Something Good feature.

Check & Connect
Targeted Case Management

Targeted Case Management supports students, families, and school staff by placing a licensed social worker within a district building to deliver case management services for referred students. These social workers aid schools in meeting the whole child’s needs by making home visits, meeting with the students and their family to gain greater understanding of their context and needs, and helping those families access essential supports and services.

For more information on Targeted Case Management, including success stories, cost, and provider information, check out B-HERO’s Tell Us Something Good feature.

Targeted Case Management
Sources of Strength

Sources of Strength is a radically strength-based, upstream approach to suicide prevention that harnesses the power of Peer Leaders and caring adults in a school community to increase help-seeking behaviors, build upon protective factors, and promote connections.

To learn more about Sources of Strength, contact bhero.crea@k12.nd.us.

Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools

Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS) is a school-based intervention designed to reduce symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and behavioral problems, and to improve functioning, grades and attendance, peer and parent support, and coping skills for students in grades 5-12. CBITS can be delivered by school personnel or as a collaboration between school personnel and a trained behavioral health professional over the course of 10 sessions.

For more on CBITS, check out B-HERO’s Tell Us Something Good feature and this fact sheet from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN, 2021).

CBITS Feature
Sanford Behavioral Health Services

Sanford’s behavioral health partnership with North Dakota schools is intended to be a Tier 3 support, complementing an upstream approach to arrive at a full continuum of support for behavioral health in schools. Through this partnership, students whose behavioral health needs exceed the expertise and resources of educators, include school counselors, are able to meet with a clinician from Sanford Health right in their own school, eliminating barriers such as transportation and time.

For more on Sanford Behavioral Health services, including a story of implementation in one Bismarck school, see B-HERO’s Tell Us Something Good feature.

Sanford Feature
Avel eCare School Health & School Behavioral Health

The mission of the ND eCare School Health and School Behavioral Health programs is to improve access to healthcare for underserved and geographically disadvantaged K-12 students in North Dakota. The goal of the programs is to minimize health-related barriers to learning by providing safe, effective care from a licensed practitioner via telehealth.

To learn more about the ND eCare School Health & School Behavioral Health programs, check out B-HERO’s Tell Us Something Good feature.

Avel eCare Feature
Endorsed Opportunities

EmpowerU is a highly personalized, self-paced online non-academic essential skill-development program designed to fill a gap by providing Tier 1 or Tier 2 support. By pairing interactive daily lessons with one-on-one support from online experts in adolescent mental health, EmpowerU equips students with the skills to build persistence, resilience, and success.

For more on EmpowerU, see B-HERO’s Student-Centered Support feature.

Beat the Odds

Beat the Odds is an evidence-based and trauma-informed program that integrates activities from group drumming and group counseling to build core assets such as focusing and listening, team building, leadership, expressing feelings, managing anger/stress, empathy, and gratitude. Beat the Odds can be implemented by school personnel and used with students in grades K-12.

For more on Beat the Odds, see B-HERO’s Student-Centered Support feature or contact CREA’s Melissa Spelchen at melissa.spelchen@k12.nd.us.

Beat the Odds

Partners & Entities

Mountain Plains Mental Health Technology Transfer Center

Mental Health Technology Transfer Centers across the U.S. aim to provide evidence-based trainings, guidance, and materials to support those who support mental and behavioral health. To check out resources specifically relevant to the Mountain Plains region, visit the Mountain Plains MHTTC website.

Mountain Plains MHTTC Website

ParentGuidance.org is a free, anonymous tool for parents & caregivers that contains over 50 online course modules related to child growth and development, particularly related to mental and behavioral health. Developed by the Cook Center for Human Connection in partnership with licensed child and family therapists, this resource also features an “Ask a Therapist” feature for families to gain access to professional perspective.

For more information on ParentGuidance.org, please visit their website.

ParentGuidance.org Website
North Dakota Full-Service Community Schools Consortium

Full-Service Community Schools in North Dakota take an innovative approach to supporting student and family needs, meeting individuals where they are at and supporting through a strategic alignment of partnerships between schools and community services.

To learn more about Full-Service Community Schools in North Dakota, see B-HERO’s Tell Us Something Good feature of Site Coordination and visit www.ndfscs.org.

NDFSCS Website