Supporting Transition Resilience of Newcomer Groups (STRONG)
STRONG is a small group intervention developed to promote resilience and reduce psychological distress among newcomer students. Initially developed and piloted in schools, the program aims to promote individual strengths, build skills to make positive choices, and provide a sense of self and belonging. STRONG is a Tier 2 manualized intervention and has two versions: elementary and secondary. Along with the ten weekly group sessions, mental health clinicians facilitate an individual session with each participant to help them process their migration journey narrative. The licensed mental health clinicians (i.e., social workers or psychologists) receive training to implement STRONG with newcomer students in schools.
During Phase 1, the STRONG intervention is being implemented across seven English school boards and piloted in two French school boards in Ontario. Within boards that have provided research approval, we will evaluate the intervention’s feasibility and impacts on students and clinicians through a mixed-methods approach. STRONG is also being piloted within community organization settings in London, Ontario. More generally, the project includes the development of school-wide, peer and parent educational components, as well as a coaching and consultation process and implementation support materials for clinicians. The project aims to produce knowledge mobilization materials to share lessons, successes and challenges with stakeholders.
Lead organization: Centre for School Mental Health, University of Western Ontario
Looking to get in touch with this project? Send an email to Gina Kayssi (email@example.com) for more information.