The Resilient Cardinal

Because You Matter

February 2021

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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.

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Cardinal Connections

You are invited to Cardinal Connections which will be held virtually on Feb. 26th from 10 to 11.

Link to invite:

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We will not have formal presentations this year. Instead, we will be utilizing small break-out rooms for introductions. People will be assigned to these small break-out rooms, and they will be switched up a few times to meet a wide variety of community partners. Please plan on having links to websites, brochures and/or business cards to put in the chat box.

We believe that Chippewa Falls has a unique and wonderful relationship with our community partners, and we look forward to continuing this collaboration.

Revamping and Re-advertising the Cardinal Care Parent Focus Group!

Schools use focus groups to gather data to help understand parent/guardian perspectives. Focus groups are helpful for giving parents/guardians a way to share their ideas. We are inviting all parents to the Cardinal Care Parent Focus Group to share their ideas, experiences, and feedback on the mental health supports offered to our students and families. If they have other topics that they would like to discuss, they can share them as well.

The CFAUSD Parent Focus Group facilitator is Kalin Hiess. Currently, she is a Youth Placement Specialist and a group facilitator at Chippewa Valley High School. Prior to working with youth, she was a substance use counselor. She is passionate about educating the community on addiction and mental health.

While focus groups do not provide confidentiality, the Parent Focus Group facilitator will suggest that the group treat each other's comments with respect and value differences of opinions.

What can you do if you are a parent to a student in the CFAUSD?

  1. Please fill out this short survey: Survey Link

  2. Please consider joining the Cardinal Care Parent Focus Group!

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Compassion and Resilience Toolkit Challenge #2

I would like to slowly introduce you to The Compassion Resilience Toolkit and offer a series of challenge questions for you to ponder. You can also do this as a staff activity.

Please read these Short informational pieces:

Compassion Fatigue: Connection to Trauma, Stages and Assessments

System Drivers of Compassion Fatigue

Challenge Questions to Ponder:

1. Think about each stage of the cycle: Zealot, Irritable, Withdrawn, Zombie

a. What feelings and experiences might contribute to a person “hanging out” in each stage – even to becoming one’s norm?

b. How would that lead to one’s inability to act with compassion during your workday? (Think of any impact on specific steps of compassionate action.)

AWARE data

Here is a link to data collected for Round 1 and 2 of the AWARE grant. This data will continue to change as students are set up for services. Round 1 is from 7/1/2020-9/30/2020 and Round 2 is from 10/1/2020-12/31/2020.

School Based Mental Health Numbers

Click here to see the updated School Based Mental Health Numbers

Interconnected Systems Framework: See What is Available

Click here to see what resources, co-facilitated small groups, and professional development opportunities are available for this school year.

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REALiving Staff Resources

EAP Call Center: 877.256.9302

(Call to access services in EAP, ask questions about EAP, connect with a counselor for phone support, connect with someone from REALiving for 'management consultation'- aka brainstorm ways to use the EAP to support your team, connect with any member of our EAP team for your OWN personal support during this stressful time). You can also email us at

All materials we have ever published are available at:


Username: CFAUSDistrict

Password: cfausd_employee

The ABC's to wellness can be accessed on the left side of the screen. We are posting the weekly covid specific issues there too.

The Champions of People can be accessed on the left side of the screen too. September - December issues are COVID specific.

EAP Counseling Session Times Available!

Sign Up on this link!

REALiving has set aside full days for counseling sessions for our staff members to utilize on February 11th.

Employees can reserve a slot at this link:

Support Available

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

To schedule an appointment with the Employee Achievement Program (EAP), call 1-877-256-9302. To access other information visit: (username: CFAUSD password:cfausd_employee)

Wellness Resources including REALiving weekly articles.

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

Jamie Ganske

Director of Mental Health and Resiliency