Coping Schools


Coping Schools is a whole-of-community approach to developing and supporting health and wellbeing.  It involves staff, students, and parents creating a culture of coping and supporting others. Coping schools does this by building on existing strengths, rather than focusing on deficits.

Components of Coping Schools

  • All teaching and administrative staff are trained in Care · Collaborate · Connect: Psychological First Aid to be able to promote coping and be able to support students and staff who when they are upset.
  • School counsellors, psychologists and social workers trained in Care · Collaborate · Connect: Suicide Prevention to be able to support students and staff who when they are upset.
  • Teachers of children in grades 5-12 deliver Coping Schools curriculum
  • Parents complete the Coping Kids program to support their children to develop healthy coping strategies.
  • The annual Student Wellbeing Survey provides a metric of overall wellbeing of the school and changes over time.

Cost AND Duration

Care · Collaborate · Connect: Suicide Prevention 
Duration: 8-10 hours
Cost: $154 (GST inclusive) 

Care · Collaborate · Connect: Psychological First Aid
Duration: 1-2 hours
Cost: $66 (GST inclusive) 

Care · Collaborate · Connect: Coping Schools curriculum
Included in the full program for teachers trained in Care · Collaborate · Connect
Duration: 3 weekly 45-min class lessons

Group discounts are available for organisational licences. Email to discuss your training needs. 


Coping Schools was developed to help schools promote health and wellbeing.  It normalises unpleasant emotions and coping and promotes coping self-efficacy. Coping Schools situates coping within a biopsychosocial framework of health and wellbeing for individuals and communities.


To implement the full Coping Schools program, contact the USC Thompson Institute at