Toolkit helps students ride the waves of change

The Seasons Toolkit is available on the MacKillop Institute website (MacKillop Institute)

A new evidence-based resource aims to support children and young people to understand and manage the social and emotional effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Source: The MacKillop Institute.

The MacKillop Institute has partnered with Anne Graham, Director of the Centre for Children and Young People at Southern Cross University, to create the “Seasons Toolkit: Riding the Waves of Change”resource, which is available for all middle and secondary schools in Australia.

A version for primary students is also being developed and will soon be available.

The toolkit draws on key elements of the highly successful Seasons for Growth evidence-based psycho-social education programs that support children and young people to learn about and adapt to change and loss in their lives.

Fiona McCallum, Seasons for Growth General Manager, said the resource was developed after hearing concerns from parents and educators about the impacts of the disruptions to routines, education and social contact for children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing. Recent international research suggests that 85 per cent of parents have reported changes in their children during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Professor Graham said: “Whilst every young person’s experience will be slightly different, we know that many need appropriate information and support to make sense of their emotions when they are ready to do so.

“The most important thing we can do is acknowledge their reactions and equip them with the confidence and skills to voice their experiences, manage their feelings, make good choices, set goals and reach out for support. This is the essence of resilience and skills they need for life.”

This free resource is available at The MacKillop Institute website.

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Supporting students to adapt to impacts of COVID-19 (The MacKillop Institute)

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