Bear Canyon Mental Health Home Page

This site has been built with two main purposes in mind: to inform parents and/or teachers about what Mental Health is as well as to provide resources to help children grow into well-adjusted, happy individuals. Throughout this site, you will find research-based information that we have found throughout our years as mental health providers. You will also find resources on Dr. Hughes' virtual classroom site by clicking this link. 

Before perusing this site, I will tell you a little about myself. My name is Christopher Hughes and I'm the school psychologist at Bear Canyon Elementary School. I have been working in Douglas County School District since 2013 as a mental health provider and I thoroughly enjoy my work. A little bit about my professional background: I obtained my Doctoral and Educational Specialist Degrees in Child, Family and School Psychology at the University of Denver, I also obtained my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology at St. Mary's College of Maryland. My passion is to work with young children (Birth - 12 years), but I am currently licensed to work with children from Birth to 21-years-old. Currently, I am also pursuing dual licensure to be not only a school-based practitioner but also a private Licensed Psychologist. 

Personally, I am married to another Douglas County educator. We have a rescue dog named Sprocket. I am an avid outdoorsman. I enjoy skiing, hiking, camping, and kayaking. I am also a runner and enjoy playing ultimate frisbee. I am a very passionate and driven individual. I look forward to continuing my career here in Douglas County and hopefully getting to know as many kids, parents, and teachers as I can along the way. Thank you for visiting my site. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments at I can also be reached using my direct office line: 303-387-6497. 

Kindest regards, 
Christopher Hughes, Ph.D.
Licensed School Psychologist

My name is Amy Barker and I am the School Counselor at Bear Canyon Elementary School. I have been at Bear Canyon since February of 2019. I received my teaching license from the University of Colorado, Denver and proceeded to obtain my Master's in School Counseling from the University of Northern Colorado. I am an advocate  for preventative social/emotional work for all ages and believe this will help our youth as they navigate their lives. In my free time, I love to read, try new restaurants with friends, and travel! Please feel free to contact me with any questions at

For Hybrid Learners, please fill out this form to see Ms. Barker HYBRID FORM
For E-Learners, please fill out this form to see Ms. Barker E-LEARNING

Amy Barker, M.A. 
School Counselor