How the Curriculum Works

  • Behavioral, skills-based approach to help teens manage their emotions, deal with distress and communicate effectively.

  • Skills and strategies are drawn from multiple evidence-based therapy modalities including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Narrative Therapy and Mindfulness Practice. 

  • Schools can access a catalogue of unique lessons that each include a short, animated video and classroom activity. Lessons can be taught daily, weekly or at any frequency determined by the school. Our curriculum can be tailored to the needs of the students and teachers.

  • Weekly quizzes are also available to reinforce the key takeaways and measure student progress.

  • A comprehensive Teacher's Manual includes detailed instruction and prompts for in-class activities as well as resources and education created to support teachers in implementing the lessons. 

  • An accompanying Parent Guide to educate parents and caregivers on what teens are learning in the classroom, and how parents can support teens when they are coping with serious mental health challenges like depression, substance use and suicidal ideation.

 

Key Competencies

Each set of skills gives students and teachers strategies to cope. Some of these strategies include:

Regulating Emotions

  • How to notice and respond to feelings that are uncomfortable or distressing


  • Take preventative measures to decrease our vulnerabilities to emotions that are hard to feel


  • Reduce chronic stress, internal conflict and interpersonal conflict


  • Learn effective techniques to change emotions we do not want to experience without creating more problems for ourselves.

Crisis Management

  • How to handle situations that are extremely overwhelming and seemingly intolerable


  • What to do when life is really painful and the world seems like a scary place


  • How to prioritize when life feels overwhelming


  • Examine what aspects of life are in our control, and which may need to be accepted in order to bring us a better experience

Mindfulness

  • Get in touch with ourselves and our present experience

  • Learn to identify what various emotions feels like and how we respond to them, with or without thinking

  • Learn to notice our automatic thoughts and judgments, and bring awareness to how they make us feel

  • Practice bringing our attention to the present when it drifts off to the past or into the future

Social and Communication Skills

  • Understand what exactly you are asking for and are requesting from other people

  • Practice how to respond to communication when it isn’t something you want to hear or that you agree with

  • How to be assertive and maintain you self-respect when communicating with others

  • How to make friends and end relationships that are not healthy for us

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