course description

Are you worried about a student? Through role-play simulations, build the confidence to talk to a student by learning how to initiate the conversation, motivational conversation techniques, and common pitfalls to avoid. Specific scenarios: a 3rd grader who has suffered from a traumatic event and the mother of a 5th grader who has become disruptive and aggressive. 

This course is only available until 9/30/19 or until the enrollment cap is met, whichever comes first. 

Created by Kognito

type of course Self-paced course length 1 OPI Renewal Unit audience All Educators
user rating User Ratings: 3.8 4 of 4 user rating

"I loved the simulator and how you could make different choices and try different responses and it coached you on how appropriate your response choices were. VERY EFFECTIVE TOOL" -Elementary Teacher, Kalispell, MT

course description

Are you worried about a student? Through role-play simulations, build the confidence to talk to a student by learning how to initiate the conversation, motivational conversation techniques, and common pitfalls to avoid. Specific scenarios: a new girl being teased, clique ringleader having trouble at home, and a boy struggling with thoughts of suicide. 

This course is only available until 9/30/19 or until the enrollment cap is met, whichever comes first. 

Created by Kognito

type of course Self-paced course length 1 OPI Renewal Unit audience All Educators
user rating User Ratings: 3.9 4 of 4 user rating

"I enjoyed being able to practice talking to the students and then being able to go back and say something else.  It makes you think “what if” I said this. " -Teacher, Glendive Middle School

course description

Are you worried about a student? Through role-play simulations, build the confidence to talk to a student by learning how to initiate the conversation, motivational conversation techniques, and common pitfalls to avoid. Specific scenarios: a girl who is highly anxious about her grades and may be cutting, a boy with poor attendance, low motivation, and drug use, and a shy boy with suicidal thoughts. 

This course is only available until 9/30/19 or until the enrollment cap is met, whichever comes first. 

Created by Kognito

type of course Self-paced course length 1 OPI Renewal Unit audience All Educators
user rating User Ratings: 3.7 3.7 out of 4

"I love the 'choose your own adventure' feel to it!" -High School Teacher, Kalispell, MT

course description

This course provides an overview of grief, what grief looks like in adolescents, and what you can do to support those who are grieving. This course is designed to help support educators in their daily interactions with students experiencing grief or loss. 

Content developed by Dr. Mary-Ann Bowman, University of Montana

type of course Self-paced course length 2 OPI Renewal Units audience All Educators
user rating User Ratings: 3.9 3.8 stars

"This is probably the best professional development I have ever taken. I am passing this course on to all teachers!" -High School teacher, Bozeman, MT

course description

This training is meant to provide an introductory exploration of the impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) on brain development, potential behavioral consequences seen as a result of ACEs, basic methods to approach someone who has experienced ACEs, and how classrooms are impacted by ACEs and Trauma.

Created by Holly Mook, OPI Coordinated School Health Unit Director

type of course Self-paced  course length 4 OPI Renewal Units audience All Educators
user rating User Ratings: 3.73.7 stars

"This was an outstanding class. I plan to share this information with my administrator and colleagues. I’ll be looking for more classes on the same subject." -Elementary Teacher, Plains, MT

course description

This course will provide you an overview of suicide in the United States, youth suicide related behavior, the Bitterroot Valley Education Cooperative suicide prevention project, and youth voice.

Created by Steve Zieglowsky, Bitterroot Valley Education Cooperative and Holly Mook, OPI Coordinated School Health Unit Director

type of course Self-paced time 2 OPI Renewal Units audience All Educators
user rating User Ratings: 3.7  3.7 stars

"Excellent resources and information to use in class and in schools as well as in daily lives." -High School Teacher, Missoula, MT

course description

Today’s LGBTQ students face increasing harassment, isolation, and violence related to sexual identity, sexual orientation, or other perceived differences. These social pressures can lead to emotional distress, depression, anxiety, thoughts of suicide, compromise students’ academic achievements affecting their ability to stay in school. As educators, we can play an important role in ensuring these students receive the help and support they need. The simulation in this course covers best practices in discussing your concerns with LGBTQ youth.

This course is only available until 9/30/2019 or until the enrollment cap is met, whichever comes first.

Created by Kognito

Type of Course Self-paced course course length 1 OPI Renewal Unit Audience All Educators
user rating User Ratings: 3.7 3.7 stars

"Out of the 5 classes I have taken this is by far my favorite. I really enjoyed the interactive content as it kept me engaged in the class. Thank you." -Teacher, Harlem HS

course description

This course will provide participants an overview of the suicide prevention work through PEACE protocols done through the Pilot Districts - specifically the Bitterroot Co-Op, youth perceptions on suicide, school strategies for prevention, and implementation for the school suicide prevention strategies. This will include strategic planning with resources and partners on suicide prevention. 

Created by Steve Zieglowsky, Bitterroot Valley Education Cooperative and Holly Mook, OPI Coordinated School Health Unit Director.

type of course Self-paced course length 2 OPI Renewal Units audience All Educators
user rating User Ratings: 3.7 3.7 stars

"Thank you so much for these courses. We need much more education and training in this area, especially with the high suicide rates in Montana." -Elementary Teacher, Bozeman, MT

course description

This course will provide participants an understanding of Suicide Protocols for Schools. It includes the importance of policies and procedures and is the third course in a pathway aimed at suicide prevention. If you're just getting started, check out the Overview of Youth Suicide.

Created by Steve Zieglowsky, Bitterroot Valley Education Cooperative and Holly Mook, OPI Coordinated School Health Unit Director.

type of course Self-paced course length 2 OPI Renewal Units audience All Educators
user rating User Ratings: 3.8 3.9 stars

"Very in-depth with a lot of solid resources." -High School Teacher, Deer Lodge, MT

course description

Every individual who is involved with children has the obligation of knowing how to protect them from harm. "Self-education is the first step an educator can take against the problem of child maltreatment, including child sexual abuse." (Child Welfare Information Gateway, 2003) This course will offer you awareness, understanding, and prevention strategies on the subject of child sexual abuse.

Created by Marci Buckles, Workforce Training Consultant, UM Health & Medicine/Schools of Social Work, Center for Children, Families and Workforce Development

Type of Course Self-paced course course length 2 OPI Renewal Units Audience All School Staff 
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