The Resilient Cardinal

Because You Matter

September 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.

Miniature Therapy Horse, Mocha, is available for students!

Mocha is a miniature service/therapy horse that will be working with some students at Jim Falls and CVHS this Fall! Mocha is 32 inches tall and 10 years old. She has a big heart, loves helping people, and loves to see people smile. We are very excited to welcome Mocha as one of our therapy animals available!

Mental Health Pop-Up Booth!

Cardinal Care cares about our students! Keep your eyes out for this pop-up booth, traveling around the schools over the next few weeks.

The booth teaches students about the importance of self care. It focuses on three ideas: drinking water, getting exercise, and getting a good night of sleep.

There are even free, superhero-themed items to remind students of their self-care superpower!

Which of these three - drinking water, getting exercise, and getting a good night of sleep - is YOUR self-care superpower?

School Based Mental Health Updates

Here are the number of students that utilized School Based Mental Health broken down into how many students utilized the service in each month for the last few years. The last box shows how many different students utilized the program each year.
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Interconnected Systems Framework (ISF) Updates

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 and Emotional Learning 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!

Helpful Flyers

Great Articles to Read

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.

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