The Cherry Creek School District has a comprehensive system of mental health supports across our schools that help students grow and thrive along their educational journey.
School psychologists and social workers in our schools embrace preventative and early intervention models designed to meet the mental health, social-emotional and behavioral needs of all students.
Numerous programs and partnerships exist within the Cherry Creek School District to support the mental health and social-emotional and behavioral health needs of students and families.
Mental Health Supports (minimum):
3 full time mental health at every high school
2 full time mental health at every middle school
1 full time mental health at every elementary school
1 full time nurse in every building
District Support 6 FTE
1 Director of MH
1 Coordinator of MH
1 Coordinator of Counselors
2 Coordinator of Health and Wellness
1 Coordinator of PBIS
Office of Inclusive Excellence
Suicide Prevention Task Force
- School-wide, research-based, proactive discipline framework that provides strategies for defining, teaching, and supporting appropriate student behaviors to create positive school environments.
- Schools teach, demonstrate and acknowledge expectations for all students and monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of their discipline system on a regular and frequent basis.
- Goal is to increase teacher’s behavior management consistency, decrease office referrals, increase students’ academic time and provide culturally responsive discipline practices.
- Elementary and middle school curriculum that teaches social emotional skills related to emotional awareness and regulation, anger management, impulse control, and empathy.
- Includes specific skills related to bullying prevention.
- Designed to be taught in the classroom but can also be used for small group interventions.
Safe 2 Tell
- Anonymous venue for parents, students, teachers and school administrators to report concerns and share information.
- Calls, online reports and texts are answered at a Colorado State Patrol communication center.
- When action is needed, information is immediately forwarded to local school officials and law enforcement agencies.
- An approach to school-based discipline that shifts the focus from punishment to learning and repair of harm through an inclusive process that engages all stakeholders.
- Driven by specifically structured conversations, led by adults, guiding students to learn from and repair damage done by misbehavior or conduct.
- Includes training for staff in facilitation of proactive classroom lessons to increase learning, empathy and perspective taking.
Mindfulness and Resilience trainings
- Based on practical applications of research from the fields of neuropsychology, positive psychology and mindfulness to improve attention/focus, the ability to regulate difficult behaviors (e.g. anxiety, stress, depression, anger, etc.) and the cultivation of positive emotions (e.g. compassion, self-compassion, kindness, empathy, gratitude, etc.).
- Focus is placed on implementation with students and staff to support resilience and emotional well-being.
Signs of Suicide
- Universal, school-based depression awareness and suicide prevention program implemented in all CCSD middle schools and high schools.
- Goals are to 1) decrease suicide and suicide attempts by increasing student knowledge and adaptive attitudes about depression, 2) encourage personal help-seeking and/or help-seeking on behalf of a friend, 3) reduce the stigma of mental illness and 4) engage parents and school staff as partners in prevention.
Sources of Strength
- Evidence-based program for suicide, violence, bullying and substance abuse prevention through training, supporting and empowering both peer leaders and caring adults to impact their world through the power of connection, hope, help and strength.
- Focuses on the eight themes of Mental Health, Family Support, Positive Friends, Mentors, Healthy Activities, Generosity, Spirituality and Medical Access.
Bringing in the Bystander
- Sexual violence prevention program aimed at increasing prosocial attitudes and behaviors, as well as awareness of risky behaviors and precursors to sexual victimization, among potential bystanders and third-person witnesses.
- Aims to increase empathy and awareness of the problems experienced by those victimized by sexual and intimate partner violence.
- Administered by trained facilitators who lead discussions and exercises.
Trauma Informed Schools
- School-wide prevention and intervention designed to create school environments more trauma-sensitive and supportive to the needs of traumatized children and those affected by those children, including peers and school personnel.
- Can include training for staff on trauma-informed practices and strategies for improving overall classroom climate, wellness consultation, activities and support for school staff; as well as school-based therapy for students and families.
- Designed for elementary children to empower them to understand the dynamics of abuse and stop it before it starts.
- Components include a 45-minute interactive puppet program (Cornerstone), teacher/staff training (Mandatory) and parent training (Optional).
No Place for Hate
- Self-directed program from the Anti-Defamation League with the goal of improving and maintaining school climate so all students can thrive.
Culturally Responsive Classroom Management
- Training focused on the scientific underpinnings and educational and relational consequences of implicit bias, as well as the ways that classroom management can be influenced by this unconscious behavior.
- Strategies taught to reduce the potential effects of implicit bias as well as to refine development of culturally responsive classroom management systems.
Culturally Responsive Discipline
- Training conducted in partnership with the Office of Inclusive Excellence.
- Reviews current research regarding disproportionality and explores ways that race and cultural factors interact with both classroom and larger systemic discipline practices.
- Participants examine factors that influence disproportionality including implicit bias.
Where Everybody Belongs (WEB) and Link Crew
- Student orientation/transition programs implemented in all CCSD middle schools and high schools that train 8th and 11th/12th grade students to serve as mentors to incoming 6th and 9th graders.
- As positive role models, WEB and Link Crew leaders help establish a safe and supportive school climate for incoming students and provide guidance to help them to gain the skills and information necessary for a successful transition.
- Provides education, awareness and support to empower parents, promote resilience and positively impact the social-emotional development of CCSD students.
- Classes are facilitated by trained mental health and counseling professionals and are designed to provide parents with a range of proven and effective approaches in a supportive environment.
- Classes are low cost (with full scholarships available for families who qualify for FRL) and free childcare is available on a limited basis.
Outside Agencies that Push into Schools:
All Health Network – School Based Therapy
Aurora Mental Health – School Based Therapy
School Health Professionals – CDE
Hearts Program – Trauma Informed Training/Support
Outside Agencies that support schools:
Child Protective Services
Law Enforcement Partnerships
Aurora Mental Health Center
Mile High Behavioral Healthcare
Tri-County Health Department
Face it TOGETHER
Step by Step Youth Services
Colorado Crisis Services
We provide confidential help for any mental health, substance use, or emotional crisis, 24/7/365. If you don't know where to turn, call 844-493-TALK (8255), text TALK to 38255, or visit www.ColoradoCrisisServices.org