What is CSS®?
CSS® stands for the Cultivating SEEDS System. In turn, SEEDS is an acronym for Social Emotional Education in Diverse Settings.
CSS® is an organizing framework that gives context, order and meaning to information obtained about a client’s background. The framework uses social emotional competencies and the social determinants of a person’s life course to explain human behavior. It also identifies culturally responsive approaches to influencing and transforming lives and communities.
CSS® is a program that utilizes:
- Research-based theories and practices
- Evidence Informed Practices
- Culturally responsive and integrated approaches
- Creative and innovative constructs
- Interactive, engaging and inclusive processes
Who can deliver the CSS® Framework?
People trained by GCSCORED, Inc. in delivering the CSS™ Framework include:
- CSS® Surveyor
- CSS® Master Cultivator
- CSS® Facilitator
- RUMERTIME Prevention/Intervention Specialist (RPIS)
- RUMERTIME Prevention/Intervention Coach (RPIC)
Once certified, these individuals have the ability to make conceptual connections, find themes and linkages in the development of goals, conduct interventions and implement strategies.
The Components of the CSS® Framework
The CSS® Framework is made up of six components:
- An agricultural metaphor
- Five theories
- Social emotional competencies
- Social determinants
- Levels of engagement
- RUMERTIME® Process (the prevention/intervention strategy)
Each component works synergistically to create what we propose as a re-conceptualized approach to global mental health promotion and intervention.
The CSS® Framework is built on five well-established principles:
- Ecological Systems Theory
- Erikson’s eight-stage Psychosocial Life Span Development Model
- Strengths-Based Approach
- Social Learning Theory
- Cognitive Behavior Theory
The first four of these theories share some conceptual similarities that transcend theoretical bounds – they explain and conceptualize human behavior as occurring within and across social contexts.
The fifth theory is cognitive behavior theory, which is one of the most widely-used practices. It focuses on changing unhelpful patterns in cognition (thoughts and attitudes), behaviors and emotions so that the individual can develop personal coping strategies to solve current problems.
The CSS® Framework is based on an agricultural metaphor – SEEDS, Social Emotional Education in Diverse Settings. SEEDS corresponds to the five core social emotional competencies. For example, the soil and essential growth elements in the plant world are the metaphorical equivalent of the social determinants of human development.
Words matter. Agriculture does not have any inherent biases, and its language is accessible to a wide range of people without regard to gender, race, age and physical ability.
Here’s an excerpt of the table of the working definitions of the CSS™ Framework and the agricultural definitions from which they were adapted.
Positive social determinants are necessary for developing the social emotional competencies. Many common mental health disorders have risk factors that are strongly associated with various social inequalities.
Levels of Engagement
The level of engagement refers to the “who” of the CSS® framework – the client. The individual, the family, the school, diverse work settings or the community – all of these can be the client. The person delivering the intervention engages with the client and operationalizes the CSS® goals, all at the appropriate level.
The RUMERTIME® Process is a five-step social-emotional, problem-solving process that helps individuals move from a position of intra- and interpersonal imbalance to balance.
Through the RUMERTIME® Process, individuals develop the social emotional competence to manage the social and emotional aspects of their lives so that they can successfully relate to self, others and situations as they grow and develop.
RUMERTIME® is an acronym, and individuals RUMERize when a triggering event occurs in their life and activates negative thinking, behaving, and feeling patterns.
Individuals interrupt this pattern of negativity as they:
Recognize, Understand, Manage, Express, and Reflect
Thoughts, Interactions, Mindsets, and Emotions
as they relate to the event.