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Guideline 3: Focus on skill building, empowerment, self-efficacy and individual resilience, and respect

Best practice guidelines for mental health promotion programs: Children & Youth

Provide a focus on skill building, empowerment, self-efficacy and individual resilience, and ensure that children and youth are treated with respect, by:

  • providing individual skills training
  • providing parental skills training
  • providing family communication skills training
  • dealing with feelings of loss, conflict and anger
  • dealing with clients’ feelings in a respectful and dignified manner.

Examples include:

  • building young peoples’:
    • social skills
    • self-control
    • emotional awareness
    • peer relations
    • problem-solving skills
    • cognitive and social development
    • self-esteem
    • academic skills
  • building parents’:
    • parenting skills
    • family management skills.

Programs that incorporate Guideline 3 are:

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Best practice guidelines for mental health promotion programs: Children and Youth

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