The Resilient Cardinal

Because You Matter

August 2020

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Cardinal Care Website

Click here for information on family supports, therapists available in each school, and staff supports. Staff supports include information on supports available, staff links, and the elementary and secondary referral process.

Mental Health Updates

Here are some things you can count on for this school year:

1) We will have School Based Mental Health available with both in-person (when possible) and telehealth options (View for an up to date list of agencies and therapists available in each school)

2) We will have virtual small group co-facilitated options available so that you can have some or all of your students participate virtually, making it easier to continue groups regardless of in-person blended or virtual school (In-person co-facilitated small groups are still an option, the virtual co-facilitated small groups are new)

3) If a student is at home and does not have internet for SBMH or is in a co-facilitated small group, etc., we can purchase a hot spot with grant funds for that family to use

4) There is a large list of virtual staff PD around self-care and mental health available at any time during this school year

What is Available this year?

Resources Available with our Interconnected Systems Framework:

  • 1 co-facilitated group (8 hrs total) per semester for each school (See list of available co-facilitated groups below)
  • Staff Professional Development (See list of available staff PD below)
  • 1 booth at each Parent/Teacher Conference (May not happen now due to COVID-19*)
  • Attendance at 4 School Counselor Meetings (Elementary, MS, HS)
  • DCLT meetings
  • Consultation Time for any staff member (Call 855-838-7170)

Co-facilitated groups available:

Coping Skills


Emotion Regulation

Social Skills

Self Care

NEW: Small group with a miniature therapy horse

NEW: Girls Group/Guys Group (middle school or high school) (virtual)

NEW: Social Skills Group (virtual)

NEW: Foster Parents Support and Education Group (virtual)

NEW: DBT Skills for Teens and Adolescents (virtual)

NEW: Narrative and Art Therapy (virtual)

NEW: Mindfulness for Adolescents and Teens (virtual)

PD Opportunities for staff:


Wellness/Self-care/Mental Health, etc. as requested

NEW: Common Mental Health Issues in Schools (virtual)

NEW: Anxiety (virtual)

NEW: Depression (virtual)

NEW: Autism- we have a student version and a school staff version of this (virtual)

NEW: ADD/ADHD (virtual)

NEW: Understanding Suicide and Self Harm in Youth (virtual)

NEW: Understanding and Supporting Trauma in Schools (virtual)

NEW: Supporting LGBTQ+ Population in Schools (virtual)

NEW: Tools for Your Toolbox- Classroom Strategies to Support Self-Regulation (virtual)

Helpful Videos

Cardinal Care Website Video Tutorial

Please watch this short video to learn what resources are available on the website!

Social Emotional Learning and Behavior Guidance Video

Please watch this short video to learn more about what we are doing to support mental health at a universal level by providing time for social-emotional learning and relationship building at all levels!


Links to Past Resilient Cardinal Newsletters

Support Available

Real-Living Counselors are available 24/7 via the Student and Family Assistance Program phone line. The phone number is 855.838.7170

If you are feeling overwhelmed or distressed over COVID-19,

you can call a distress line at 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746.

If you have additional questions about mental health resources in the

Chippewa Falls Area Unified School District, please see

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