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Travellers: A resilience building programme for 1st year secondary students
Travellers: A resilience building programme for 1st year secondary students
Travellers: A resilience building programme for 1st year secondary students
Travellers: A resilience building programme for 1st year secondary students
Travellers: A resilience building programme for 1st year secondary students
Travellers: A resilience building programme for 1st year secondary students
Travellers: A resilience building programme for 1st year secondary students
Travellers: A resilience building programme for 1st year secondary students
Travellers: A resilience building programme for 1st year secondary students
Travellers: A resilience building programme for 1st year secondary students
Travellers: A resilience building programme for 1st year secondary students
Travellers: A resilience building programme for 1st year secondary students
Travellers: A resilience building programme for 1st year secondary students
Travellers: A resilience building programme for 1st year secondary students
Travellers: A resilience building programme for 1st year secondary students
Travellers: A resilience building programme for 1st year secondary students
Travellers: A resilience building programme for 1st year secondary students
Travellers: A resilience building programme for 1st year secondary students
Travellers: A resilience building programme for 1st year secondary students
Travellers: A resilience building programme for 1st year secondary students
Travellers: A resilience building programme for 1st year secondary students
Travellers: A resilience building programme for 1st year secondary students
Travellers: A resilience building programme for 1st year secondary students
Travellers: A resilience building programme for 1st year secondary students
Travellers: A resilience building programme for 1st year secondary students
Travellers: A resilience building programme for 1st year secondary students
Travellers: A resilience building programme for 1st year secondary students
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Travellers: A resilience building programme for 1st year secondary students

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Travellers is a programme designed to help build resilience in young people in their first year of secondary school who may have be dealing with change and difficult life challenges. It is a small …

Travellers is a programme designed to help build resilience in young people in their first year of secondary school who may have be dealing with change and difficult life challenges. It is a small group programme run by trained school staff in school time.

Presentation by Phil Smith, Travellers, and Jane Brook, Skylight at the 2009 SPINZ National Symposium: Culture and Suicide Prevention in Aotearoa: http://www.spinz.org.nz/page/108-events-archive+spinz-national-symposium-2009+symposium-coverage

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  • 1. A school-based early intervention programme for young peoplethat enhances connectedness and supports students through change
  • 2. • Adolescence is a challenging time involving change, loss and transition• Opportunities for growth• Without support and skills young people can feel distressed• Possible increase in incidence of mental health concerns
  • 3. The World Health Organisation’s four level whole school approach to school changeEntire Create an environment conducive to promoting Wholeschool psychosocial competence and wellbeing schoolcommunity environment All students Mental health education: Part of and teachers Knowledge, attitudes and behaviour general curriculum Psychosocial Students 20%-30% interventions needing additional of students and problems help at school 3%-12% of Professional Students needing students treatment additional mental health intervention Who is Level of involved intervention
  • 4. School-based early intervention programmeParticipants: coping with change, transition, loss AND early signs of emotional distressFocus: develop coping skills and resources
  • 5. • The use of metaphor – life is a journey• Promoting wellness• Meaning making• Thinking/Cognitive strategies• Coping• Social support
  • 6. 1. Life is a Journey Sometimes the path can be more challenging than at other times2. Our self esteem is our belief in our own self worth3. Trust your feelings - it’s OK to feel Expressing yourself is healthy It’s natural to find change stressful
  • 7. 4. The way I think affects how I feel Challenging unhelpful thoughts can help me feel better5. Sometimes I can change things and sometimes I can’t BUT I can change the way I think about things6. Fun and Laughter help reduce stress Relaxation re-energises Travelling well on day trips and life journeys deserves rewards
  • 8. 7. Everyone needs support at times Support can be practical and/or emotional8. Challenges in life can help us grow There are strategies I can use to do life
  • 9. Medium Group Participants High Group More than Only one No one medium medium Do you feel good about1 yourself most of the time? risk factor risk factor Yes2 Score on Weinberger Adjustment Inventory-Subjective 40 30-40 Experience of Distress scale (short form) <30 2-33 Number of events with a 4+ major impact 0-1 7+ 4-6 Number of schools attended4 Total
  • 10. “We are trying to open our hearts to each other, let us solve the common problem together, its great. “
  • 11. “I enjoyed it and now I feel a lot more confident thanks to my group in TRAVELLERS”
  • 12. “It was great to be here and I can like myself more. Thank you :)”
  • 13. • Skylight has the world rights to Travellers• International education systems/agencies need a Territorial License from Skylight to run the programme.• Skylight provides full training and ongoing support• Travellers is currently running in Denmark under license to Skylight.
  • 14. • Currently 78 schools throughout New Zealand have the capacity to run Travellers. Over 10000 students have completed the Questionnaire.
  • 15. Current Travellers Schools
  • 16. In 2009 the programme will be rolled out in: • South/Mid Canterbury • West Coast South Island • East Coast North Island • Manawatu/Horowhenua • Hawkes Bay/Wairarapa • Wellington
  • 17. Providing on-going support for existing schoolsEvaluate the existing programmeRedevelopment of Programme- Updating the resources and activities.
  • 18. Skylight Freephone: 0800 299 100 Travellers DD: +64 4 939 8576 Fax:+64 4 939 4759 Email: travellers@skylight-trust.org.nzVisit us on the web at: www.travellers.org.nz

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