Authors: Vivienne Pearson, Judith Ring, Hanna Schotten, Kristine Constantinou and John A Bromley
Event: 2002 TheMHS Conference
Subject: book of proceedings Child And Adolescent Mental Health Services, Preventing Mental Illness
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: Mental health problems in adolescence can result in the disruption of normal developmental task achievement. The transitional stage from adolescence to adulthood generally involves the completion of senior secondary education. In Victoria, this involves the two-year Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE).
Cognizant of treatment aims which include helping young people resume normal development and reducing secondary morbidity from social rejection and educational failure, the MH-SKY Youth Program sought to respond to the challenge of supporting young people completing their schooling by expanding treatment options to include group treatment and support.
The VCE Workshop has run in 2001 and 2002. A two day program combines group treatment with content including stress management, study skills, problem solving and support networks.
This paper describes the model and content of a successful group based treatment for young people with mental health difficulties who are in their final years of secondary schooling. Challenges faced, successful elements, consumer and clinical / teaching staff co-work will be highlighted.