Resources for Educators from Christian Family Solutions

The prolonged nature of the pandemic has tested even the strongest among us. The counseling staff at Christian Family Solutions (CFS) wants educators to know that CFS stands ready to help those who are struggling with anxiety, depression, or other mental health concerns as a result of these seemingly unrelenting challenges.

CFS has partnered with the WELS Commission on Lutheran Schools to deliver presentations and other resources that support those serving in ministry. Those resources are regularly updated on the WELS website and can be found at https://cls.welsrc.net/connect/.

In addition, a variety of resources are available on the CFS website. Here are a few highlights suitable for teachers to use or recommend to others:

Resources for children:

  • Help children navigate worry with this interactive toolkit [LINK]
  • Teach children breathing techniques to reduce stress and increase focus [LINK]

Resources for parents:

  • Help parents and adolescents learn strategies for managing distance learning [LINK]
  • Strategies for managing stress as a parent [LINK]
  • How to know when your teen needs help [LINK]
  • Counselor Katelyn Bolte offers strategies that help struggling teens (45-minute webinar) [LINK]
  • Ashley Schoof addresses practical skills and strategies for mental wellness in young children (30-minute webinar) [LINK]

Resources for educators:

  • Ashley Schoof explains how educators can help children build resilience [LINK]
  • Jennifer Londgren addresses how educators and students can focus on mental wellness in an age of uncertainty (52-minute webinar) [LINK]
  • Psychological First Aid (PFA) – Strategies for rendering help to someone who is hurting [LINK]

When the need goes beyond what an individual can do on his or her own, it is wise to seek professional help. The availability of Christian mental health care professionals is one way God cares for his dear children. “Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life” – Psalm 138:7a.

As a para-synodical organization, CFS is committed to helping called workers with the powerful combination of mental wellness strategies and the gospel. If you or someone you know needs help, please contact CFS. Counseling services are accessible in several ways:

  • Each WELS district has a member assistance program for called workers with varying amounts of available funds for counseling, depending on usage. For information on the specific resources in your district, contact your district president or Dan Nommensen, Member Assistance Program director, at 262-345-5532 or dnommensen@wlcfs.org.
  • Counseling services are available at each of our called worker training schools, MLC and Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary. Students at these schools can access counseling by contacting the dean or campus pastor.
  • WELS missionaries can access counseling services worldwide through the CFS Member Assistance Program. To make an appointment, simply complete this online intake form linked here.

Called workers can also refer students and families you serve to CFS resources and counseling.

  • Nearly 700 WELS and ELS congregations are part of the CFS Member Assistance Program (MAP), which removes financial barriers and allows pastors to refer individuals for counseling services. If your congregation is a CFS MAP member, contact your pastor to arrange a referral.
  • Individuals who are not members of MAP can use insurance or private pay options. If someone you know needs help, please contact CFS at 800-438-1772 or ChristianFamilySolutions.org.

“In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 8:37-39