The ACE program

working with schools to promote emotional health and prevent depression

Nick Kowalenko, Ann Wignall, Ron Rapee, Julie Simmons, Kathy Whitefield, Roger Stonehouse

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    The ACE (Adolescents Coping with Emotions) project was developed as an early intervention program for young people with depression. It is a school-based cognitive-behavioural program that aims to improve young people's resilience by teaching effective coping strategies. The program is aimed at 12- to 15-year-olds and is implemented in group sessions that involve learning new skills, role-plays, exercises, fun activities and individual discussion. ACE has demonstrated that effective mental health interventions that promote emotional health can be delivered in schools.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)23-30
    Number of pages8
    JournalYouth Studies Australia
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2002

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