Virtual Behavioral Health Professional Development (Kognito)

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Kognitois an online, role-playing simulation to help school personnel learn to recognize the signs of distress, use conversations to approach a student and discuss concerns, and, if necessary, refer parents/students to the appropriate resources. The simulations allow school personnel to practice these challenging conversations at their own pace through role-playing with emotionally responsive virtual students.

The Department of Human Services’ Behavioral Health Division is offering these simulations available to all North Dakota school personnel at no-cost.

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Who can access Kognito?

Kognito is for all school personnel in K-12 public, private and tribal schools in North Dakota including but not limited to: teachers, support staff, custodians, paraprofessionals, district leaders, administration, etc.

 
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How to access Kognito

  1. Visit northdakota.kognito.com
  2. Select your District and School.
  3. Log in or create a new account.
  4. Launch At-Risk

Download the Login Flyer

 
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All school personnel can sign-up and access the Kognito modules at any time. Schools and districts are encouraged to incorporate Kognito into their professional development plan to maximize the resources available.

Further guidance and support is available through the Behavioral Health in Education: Resources and Opportunities Technical Assistance Center (B-HERO) in connection with your school’s identified Behavioral Health Resource Coordinator (BHRC). Please connect with your BHRC or through B-HERO at bhero.crea@k12.nd.us

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Frequently Asked Questions for School and District Leaders 

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What is the cost of Kognito?

There is no cost!

During the 2021 North Dakota Legislative session, Senate Bill 2311 passed, authorizing the Department of Human Services’ Behavioral Health Division to offer an evidenced-based, online virtual mental health and suicide prevention simulation-based training program that incorporates hands-on practice, contextual learning, and personalized feedback through interactive role-playing available to school personnel in public and nonpublic schools.

How can I implement Kognito in my school or district?

At-Risk for Educators can be used as a standalone training, or it can be rolled out in conjunction with an online or face-to-face workshop where staff delve deeper into the issues and skills learned. The blended-learning option is ideal, as it reinforces learning and provides staff a chance to discuss school-specific policies and resources.

Implementation Options:

  1. Staff complete the simulation only
  2. Staff complete the simulation, then discuss in a workshop session (recommended)
  3. Staff complete the simulation during a larger workshop, with before and after discussion
Where can I access additional resources?

Implementation Resources

  1. At-Risk Elementary Resources
    1. At-Risk Elementary School Implementation Guide
    2. At-Risk Elementary School Workshop Deck
  2. At-Risk Middle School Resources
    1. At-Risk Middle School Implementation Guide
    2. At-Risk Middle School Workshop Deck
  3. At-Risk High School Resources
    1. At-Risk High School Implementation Guide
    2. At-Risk High School Workshop Deck

Further guidance and support is available through the Behavioral Health in Education: Resources and Opportunities Technical Assistance Center (B-HERO) in connection with your school’s identified Behavioral Health Resource Coordinator (BHRC). Please connect with your BHRC or through B-HERO at bhero.crea@k12.nd.us  

How do I track who has completed Kognito modules in my school or district?

When school personnel complete the modules, they will receive a completion certificate.

Additionally, if you are a school or district leader, you can access Kognito to assign modules, track who has started and who has completed training. 

Who do I contact for technical assistance?

For IMPLEMENATION SUPPORT such as developing or reviewing district and school policies, procedures and local resources, please connect with your BHRC or through B-HERO at bhero.crea@k12.nd.us  

For TECHNICAL ISSUES such as creating an account, bandwidth questions, login issues, or other access concerns, visit Support Center (kognito.com) or contact Kognito at 1-866-449-8834.

What is B-HERO? Or what is a Behavioral Health Resource Coordinator (BHRC)?

The Department of Human Services-Behavioral Health Division is in contract with the Central Regional Education Association to develop and operate the Behavioral Health in Education: Resources and Opportunities (B-HERO) Technical Assistance Center. B-HERO provides technical assistance and shares weekly messages filled with evidence-based content and aligned opportunities addressing the behavioral health topics that are most important to today’s educators.

A Behavioral Health Resource Coordinator (BHRC) is identified for every public school in North Dakota. The BHRC disseminates the behavioral health resources to schools.

B-HERO can be contacted at bhero.crea@k12.nd.us.

How do I find the Behavioral Health Resource Coordinator (BHRC) in my school?

Follow these steps to find the Behavioral Health Resource Coordinator at your school:

  • Visit www.nd.gov/dpi/data
  • Select “School Directory Contact Information”
  • Download the Excel spreadsheet
  • Select the Behavioral Health Resource Coordinator tab and scroll to locate your school 
How do I change the Behavioral Health Resource Coordinator (BHRC) in my school?

To change the identified Behavioral Health Resource Coordinator, follow these steps:

  • Log into STARS
  • Scroll to the bottom: School Directory Contact Information
  • Look under positions: Behavioral Health Resource
  • Click on the name- check yearly to ensure all contact information is up to date
    • This information can be updated at any time- best practice is to do so at the beginning of each school year
  • For further assistance, please contact Rachel Tabler  at the Department of Public Instruction at (701)328-3731.
Is Kognito required as professional development for school personnel?

Kognito is a free professional development opportunity for all school personnel in public, private, and tribal schools in North Dakota.

While Kognito is completely optional, it can meet the Youth Behavioral Health Professional Development Requirements for school districts. Please visit the Department of Public Instruction for more information.

Can I earn Continuing Education Credits (CEUs)?

Possibly!

Direct CEUs are not available; however, completing Kognito modules can be counted toward your 15 hours of in-service needed for a Cafeteria Credit from Valley City State University.

To learn more about earning Cafeteria Credit, please visit: Cafeteria Credit Information | Valley City State University (vcsu.edu)