CSI: Clovis Support & Intervention

What is CSI?

The CSI Program in Clovis Unified School District aims to identify and connect students with the necessary supports to help them more effectively navigate many of life's challenges. CSI is a district-wide program offering educational support groups that focus on listening and communication skills, empathy, acceptance, self-awareness and supporting others. The foundation of CSI is the student support group process which helps empower students to more successfully address factors related to stress, conflict, relationships, grief/loss, self-regulation, family discord, self-image and decision-making. The confidential nature of these groups offers a safe place where students connect with peers in weekly group sessions facilitated by two staff members who have undergone rigorous training to become a CSI Group Facilitator. The educational premise of CSI is based on the plethora of peer-reviewed scientific research showing that promoting and supporting the mental health of students improves overall student educational outcomes.

Who is CSI for?

Everyone faces challenges. Whether it is building friendships, adjusting to a new school, dealing with family changes or working through the loss of a loved one, CSI groups can help support students through difficult circumstances. Students of all ages can benefit from the meaningful connections and age-appropriate communication skills gained through participating in CSI. We offer nearly 300 groups each year, supporting more than 2000 students across the district.

How does CSI work?

  • Confidentiality is vital
  • Small group setting of 6-10 peers & 2 trained staff facilitators
  • One 45-minute session per week for 8 weeks -during the school day
  • Guided by proven curriculum
  • Groups composed of peers facing similar challenges
  • Parent permission is required

CSI Goals

  • Develop listening and communication skills
  • Learn problem-solving strategies
  • Increase a student's confidence
  • Improve decision-making skills
  • Gain support through challenges
  • Build relationships 
  • Feel more connected at school
  • Empathize, accept and support others
  • Gain hope and tools to navigate successfully in all areas of life 

How to sign up or refer:

  • Talk to any teacher or CUSD staff member on your campus
  • Contact the CSI Site Coordinator at your school site

For more information, contact Jonathan Logan - CSI Coordinator
[email protected]

**Referrals made after March 1st will be placed on a waitlist for fall of the following school year. 

CSI Coordinators 2021-2022

BuchananBryan Franks
Alta SierraMarcy Zunich
CenturyLainie Esquivel
ColeSherri Johnson
Dry CreekMichelle Merrill
GarfieldTamara Riley
TarpeyBrandi Duncan
WoodsSara Harper

Clovis HighKaty Van Bebber Lewis / Lori Herb
ClarkEstevan Reyes
CedarwoodDianne Hall
Clovis ElementaryJill Harold
GettysburgDaniella Parra / Christin Layton
Mickey CoxLeesa Lee
Red BankRobin Hillman
Sierra VistaJessica Archuleta
WeldonSarah Gottfried / Miriam Moreno

Clovis EastDerrick Davis
ReyburnCaren Burgess
BorisSara Murray
Fancher CreekChristina Luna
FreedomLauren Novielli / Saed Araim
OrazeLindsey Langstraat
ReaganSabrina Mendez
Temperance KutnerMelissa Stafford
YoungSarah A. Wilson

Clovis NorthLaura Quall
Granite RidgeNicole Torres
Bud RankRachel Campbell
Copper Hills
FugmanTaryn Graham / Leticia Lewis
Mountain ViewCharlotte Loeffler
RiverviewStan Holt

Clovis WestLori Hurley
KastnerDebbie Monroe
Fort WashingtonSheila Cobb
LibertyStephanie Patterson
LincolnColleen McComas
Maple CreekLori Kuipers
NelsonAshley Souza
PinedaleLori Garcia
Valley OakLoretta French

GatewayLesley Chance
CCDS Elementary/SecondaryMercedes Olmos
Clovis Online SchoolDianne Kapigian
EnterpriseDianne Kapigian
CARTTina Chandler

Jonathan Logan, Lead Psychologist
David Weber, Lead Psychologist
Sandy Alcala, Support Staff
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Benefits of CSI

Students Reported: 

Meaningful Connections with Peers & Adults
  • 90% know who and where to go for help
Interpersonal Relationship Skills
  • 86% feel better about coming to school
Communicating Feelings Effectively & Appropriately
  • 85% can communicate and express their feelings in a more positive way
Social & Emotional Learning
  • 73% pay attention and focus better in school
Support Through Trauma & Crisis Recovery
  • 88% feel supported and understood in their life challenges
Self Reflection
  • 84% like and accept themselves in new ways

  • 84% feel more confident in life and school
Team Building
  • 94% reported that participating in their CSI group was beneficial and enjoyable
Positive Coping Skills
  • 88% have more hope for their future
Problem Solving 
  • 84% reported they are more confident in dealing with problems and challenges
  • 91% reported they think about making better choices
Goal Setting
  • 74% reported improving their overall academic goals

Statistics taken from student survey.

Mental Health Wellness Tips for Quarantine

After having thirty-one sessions in one week with patients where the singular focus was COVID-19 and how to cope, this doctoral level Psychologist in NY with a Psy.D. in the specialties of School and Clinical Psychology decided to consolidate her advice and make a list that is hopefully helpful to all.

  1. Stick to a routine. Go to sleep and wake up at a reasonable time, write a schedule that is varied and includes time for work as well as self-care.
  2. Dress for the social life you want, not the social life you have. Get showered and dressed in comfortable clothes, wash your face, brush your teeth. Take the time to do a bath or a facial. Put on some bright colors. It is amazing how our dress can impact our mood.
  3. Get out at least once a day, for at least thirty minutes. If you are concerned of contact, try first thing in the morning, or later in the evening, and try less traveled streets and avenues. If you are high risk or living with those who are high risk, open the windows and blast the fan. It is amazing how much fresh air can do for spirits.
  4. Find some time to move each day, again daily for at least thirty minutes. If you don’t feel comfortable going outside, there are many YouTube videos that offer free movement classes, and if all else fails, turn on the music and have a dance party!
  5. Reach out to others, you guessed it, at least once daily for thirty minutes. Try to do FaceTime, Skype, phone calls, texting—connect with other people to seek and provide support.
  6. Stay hydrated and eat well. This one may seem obvious, but stress and eating often don’t mix well, and we find ourselves over-indulging, forgetting to eat, and avoiding food. Drink plenty of water, eat some good and nutritious foods, and challenge yourself to learn how to cook something new!
  7. Develop a self-care toolkit. This can look different for everyone. A lot of successful self-care strategies involve a sensory component (seven senses: touch, taste, sight, hearing, smell, vestibular (movement) and proprioceptive (comforting pressure). An idea for each: a soft blanket or stuffed animal, a hot chocolate, photos of vacations, comforting music, lavender or eucalyptus oil, a small swing or rocking chair, a weighted blanket. A journal, an inspirational book, or a mandala coloring book is wonderful, bubbles to blow or blowing watercolor on paper through a straw are visually appealing as well as work on controlled breath. Mint gum, Listerine strips, ginger ale, frozen Starburst, ice packs, and cold are also good for anxiety regulation.
  8. Spend time playing with children. Children will rarely communicate how they are feeling, but will often make a bid for attention and communication through play. Don’t be surprised to see therapeutic themes of illness, doctor visits, and isolation play though. Understand that play is cathartic and helpful for children—it is how they process their world and problem solve, and there’s a lot they are seeing and experiencing in the now. [Playing with brothers/sisters can be both helpful for you and for them]
  9. Give everyone the benefit of the doubt, and a wide berth. A lot of cooped up time can bring out the worst in everyone. Each person will have moments when they will not be at their best. It is important to move with grace through blowups, to not show up to every argument you are invited to, and to not hold grudges and continue disagreements. Everyone is doing the best they can to make it through this.
  10. Everyone find their own retreat space. Space is at a premium, particularly with city living. It is important that people think through their own separate space for work and for relaxation. Identify a place where you can go to retreat when stressed. You can make this place cozy by using blankets, pillows, cushions, scarves, beanbags, tents, and “forts”. It is good to know that even when we are on top of each other, we have our own special place to go to be alone.
  11. Limit social media and COVID conversation. One can find tons of information on COVID-19 to consume, and it changes minute to minute. The information is often sensationalized, negatively skewed, and alarmist. Find a few trusted sources that you can check in with consistently, limit it to once a day, and set a time limit for yourself on how much you consume (like 15 minutes, once daily). Keep news and alarming conversations out of earshot from children—they see and hear everything, and can become very frightened by what they hear.
  12. Notice the good in the world, the helpers. There is a lot of scary, negative, and overwhelming information to take in regarding this pandemic. There are also a ton of stories of people sacrificing, donating, and supporting one another in miraculous ways. It is important to counter-balance the heavy information with the hopeful information.
    13. Help others. Find ways, big and small, to give back to others. Support restaurants, offer to grocery shop or mow the lawn, help with chores, check in with elderly neighbors, create cards for people, write psychological wellness tips for others—helping others gives us a sense of agency when things seem out of control.
  13. Find something you can control, and control the heck out of it. In moments of big uncertainty and overwhelm, control your little corner of the world. Organize your bookshelf, purge your closet, put together that furniture, group your toys. It helps to anchor and ground us when the bigger things are chaotic.
  14. Find a long-term project to dive into. Now is the time to learn how to play the keyboard, put together a huge jigsaw puzzle, start a 15 hour game of Risk, paint a picture, read the Harry Potter series, binge watch an 8-season show, crochet a blanket, solve a Rubix cube, or develop a new town in Animal Crossing. Find something that will keep you busy, distracted, and engaged to take breaks from what is going on in the outside world.
  15. Engage in repetitive movements and left-right movements. Research has shown that repetitive movement (knitting, coloring, painting, clay sculpting, jump roping, dancing, etc) especially left-right movement (running, drumming, skating, hopping) can be effective at self-soothing and maintaining self-regulation in moments of distress.
  16. Find an expressive art and go for it. Our emotional brain is very receptive to the creative arts, and it is a direct portal for release of feeling. Find something that is creative (sculpting, drawing, dancing, music, singing, playing) and give it your all. See how relieved you can feel. It is a very effective way to emote and communicate as well!
  17. Find lightness and humor in each day. There is a lot to be worried about, and with good reason. Counterbalance this heaviness with something funny each day: cat videos on YouTube, a stand-up show on Netflix, a funny movie—we all need a little comedic relief in our day, every day.
  18. Reach out for help—your team is there for you. If you have a therapist or psychiatrist,a teacher, or school counselor  they are available to you, even at a distance. Keep up any  medications and  therapy sessions the best you can. If you are having difficulty coping, seek out help for the first time. There are mental health people on the ready to help you through this crisis. Your  teachers and related service providers will do anything within their power to help. There is help and support out there, any time of the day—although we are physically distant, we can always connect virtually.
  19. “Chunk” your quarantine, take it moment by moment. We have no road map for this. We don’t know what this will look like in 1 day, 1 week, or 1 month from now. Often, when I work with patients who have anxiety around overwhelming issues, I suggest that they engage in a strategy called “chunking”—focusing on whatever bite-sized piece of a challenge that feels manageable. Whether that be 5 minutes, a day, or a week at a time—find what feels doable for you, and set a time stamp for how far ahead in the future you will let yourself worry. Take each chunk one at a time, and move through stress in pieces.
  20. Remind yourself daily that this is temporary. It seems in the midst of this quarantine that it will never end. Please take time to remind yourself that although this can be scary and difficult, and will go on for an undetermined amount of time, it is a season of life and it will pass. We will return to feeling free, safe, busy, and connected in the days ahead.
  21. Find the lesson. This whole crisis can seem sad, senseless, and at times, avoidable. A key feature to working through this is to help find the potential positive outcomes: the meaning and construction that can come out of destruction. What can each of us learn here, in big and small ways, from this crisis? What needs to change in ourselves, our homes, our communities, our nation, and our world?

Clovis Unified School District: Be the best you can be in mind, body, and spirit

Buchanan Area Schools

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Clovis High Area Schools

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Clovis West Area Schools

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Clovis North Area Schools

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Clovis East Area Schools

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