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Kognito trainings teach faculty, staff, and students to recognize mental distress, with the goal of connecting students to support services.

Each training takes 30-60 minutes to complete and is structured as a virtual practice environment where users learn by engaging in interactive role-play conversations with emotionally responsive student avatars. The suite is available at no-cost to all California community college faculty, staff, and students.


Coach Option: Students can request a dedicated coach who will monitors your progress through your program, providing guidance and encouragement via regular reviews.

SilverCloud is a free online mental health tool that can help BCC students develop skills for managing stress, anxiety, sleep, and depression. Based on cognitive behavioral therapy principles, the self-guided program can be accessed 24 hours/day, 7 days/week. 

SilverCloud’s Learning Modules:
Space for Anxiety
Space for Depression
Space for Depression and Anxiety 
Space for Stress
Space for Insomnia and Sleep
Space for Resilience

Coach Option: Students can request a dedicated coach who will monitors your progress through your program, providing guidance and encouragement via regular reviews.


Dr. Christa
Dr. Banton began her career working as a social worker for the Department of Public Health-HIV Program where she worked with individuals impacted by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. From there, she transitioned to the University of California San Diego, Department of Psychiatry working with the individuals who were newly released from incarceration returning to the San Bernardino County area. She went on to work for Children and Family Services as a Social Service Practitioner and then finally as a Supervising Social Services Practitioner for thirteen years. She has worked in direct services as well as in new program design, training, program implement and monitoring, and supervision.

Dr. Banton is a licensed marriage and family therapist and was in private practice. Her mental health specialties include education, motivation, relationship and trauma focused practice. In addition, she teaches at several schools in the local area on topics that include trauma, child abuse/neglect, mandated reporting, psychology and human services.

Contact Information: 
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The Mindful Space, is now open “virtually.” Dr. Christa Banton, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and our new Mental Health Counselor, is available to assist the varying mental health needs of our students

Services that are provided through The Mindful Space include individual psychotherapy, coaching, group therapy, assessment, crisis intervention, consultation, referrals to additional services in the community, and disciplinary intervention. 

Each student will receive 6 sessions per semester of individual therapy  

Teletherapy is being offered while we are off campus  

Sessions can be 30 to 60 minutes depending upon the needs/preference of the student  

We are open Monday through Friday from 8-5pm for appointments  

Appointments can be made easily through a student’s Single Sign On portal  

Appointments can also be made by emailing The Mindful Space  

All services are personal, private, and confidential 

Contact Information:
[email protected]

Plan a Picnic: If your family misses picnics in the park, you can bring this summertime activity into your backyard instead! Start by preparing a like sandwiches, fruit, and potato chips. Load everything into a basket and bring it to your picnic destination, whether it’s a blanket on the lawn or a patio table. Your family will get fresh air and a dose of vitamin D!
Four Square Ball Game: This gets everyone moving! You'll need four players and a large rubber ball. Draw a 12" x 12" square on your driveway. Divide into four squares—A, B, C, and D—and have one player stands in each square. The player in A starts by bouncing the ball in his square, then batting it with open hands into another square. That player must hit the ball into another square. When one player misses or hits the ball out of bounds, he moves to D, the players behind him advance, and you begin again.
Build a Backyard Labyrinth. Outline a path in your backyard using stones, twigs, or unmowed grass. Simple patterns can be found on the Internet or in books. Little kids especially will love following the twists and turns of your creation.
Do Magic Tricks: For a unique family activity, look up magic tricks on YouTube and put on a show for little kids. You can also he can perform in front of the whole family. Click Here
Go Camping Inside: Yearning for the great outdoors? , but you can create a makeshift experience in your living room! Set up blanket forts or tents, tell stories around a “fire” (candles or a lantern), and eat foods like hot dogs and s’mores. Click Here.
Collect Leaves for Artwork: Take a walk in your backyard or a secluded local park, and have your children . Once you get home, lay the leaves on paper and rub the side of a crayon over it, creating a silhouette. You can also paint the leaves and use them as homemade stamps. 
Kick the Can: This outdoor family activity needs at least four people. The child who is "it" starts by kicking the can and counting to 100 while the other players hide. The kicker sets the can upright and shouts, "Ready or not, here I come." Then he looks for the other players. When he finds one, he yells the player’s name and races her back to the can, trying to be the first to knock it over. If the kicker fails, the game starts over. If the kicker succeeds, the hider must stand near the can while the kicker searches. Other hiders may try to free captives by kicking the can before being spotted. If they succeed, everyone hides again. The game ends when everyone has been captured.
Chalk It Up: Everyone loves sidewalk chalk. Use the glow-in-the-dark kind so you and your child can glimpse your artwork from the window at bedtime.
Build an Outdoor Obstacle Course: Construct a with hula hoops, jump ropes, sticks, stones, hoses, and other materials from around the house. Your kids can take turns completing it—and the person with the fastest time wins a prize! 
Decorate Rocks: The next time you embark on a hike, have your children collect rocks. At home, they can with paint, stickers, markers, glitter, and other art supplies. Display the finished products around the house, use them as paperweights, or give them to relatives!
Engaging in physical activity as a family can be a fun way to get everyone moving. Studies show that kids who believe they are competent and have the skills to be physically active are more likely to be active. And those who feel supported by friends and families to become active, or surrounded by others interested in physical activity, are more likely to participate.

Children need 60 minutes of play with moderate to vigorous activity every day, but it doesn't have to occur at once. It all adds up! And remember, sleep is just as important and is an essential part of living an active life. A recent study found that with each extra hour of sleep, the risk of a child being overweight or obese dropped by nine percent.

Here are a few activities and steps that you and your family can consider to get started on a path to a healthier lifestyle:

Give children toys that encourage physical activity like balls, kites, and jump ropes.

Encourage children to join a sports team or try a new physical activity.

Limit TV time and keep the TV out of a child’s bedroom.

Walk around the block after a meal.

Make a new house rule: no sitting still during television commercials.

Find time to spend together doing a fun activity: family park day, swim day or bike day.

Issue a family challenge to see who can be the first to achieve a Presidential Active Lifestyle Award by committing to physical activity five days a week, for six weeks. Adults and children can both receive the award!

Talk to your children’s principal or write a letter to your district superintendent to incorporate more physical education in schools.

Encourage schools to hold recess prior to lunch to increase physical activity before mealtime.

Volunteer to help with afterschool physical activity programs or sports teams.

Be sure that children get the sleep they need. Most children under age five need to sleep for 11 hours or more per day, children age five to 10 need 10 hours of sleep or more per day, and children over age 10 need at least nine hours per day.

Learn how engaging in outside activities can be fun and affordable for families through Let’s Move Outside, which promotes a range of healthy outdoor activities for children and families across the country.