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Life skills, resilience and better transitions: A pilot program for Indigenous students in residential secondary schools

This program includes a mix of universal and targeted interventions in both the school and communities and will draw on two conceptual models of development

Professor Richard MidfordThis project partners with St John’s Catholic College to develop and trial a comprehensive social and emotional wellbeing program for Indigenous students from remote communities undertaking residential schooling at the college. An integrated program of support is under development. This program includes a mix of universal and targeted interventions in both the school and communities and will draw on two conceptual models of development. The first model is derived from traditional Indigenous understandings of how a community should protect and nurture young people by ‘holding’ them while ‘growing them up’ into adults. The second model is designed from a western social research tradition of seeking to understand and build those individual, family and community resilience factors in a young person’s life that predict good developmental outcomes.

Chief Investigator: Professor Richard Midford

Duration: 2015 - 2016

Partners: Menzies School of Health Research; School of Psychological and Clinical Sciences

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