URSTRONG is pleased to announce that Be You, a national initiative in Australia focused on Mental Health in Education, has accepted our Friendology 101 curriculum into their Be You Program’s Directory. As indicated by Be You, “Friendology 101 has been independently reviewed and is listed in the Be You Programs Directory. It meets the minimum evidence requirements set by Be You and has been awarded a rating for evidence and implementation.”
All programs listed on the Be You Programs Directory were audited through a rigorous assessment process designed in collaboration with experts at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) and the University of Melbourne.
As part of this process, each program is awarded two ratings: one for evidence and one for implementation. Information about the context in which the evidence was established is also published alongside the program details.
- The evidence rating provides an assessment of the research underpinning the program, including its impact and quality. Friendology received a score of 3/4
- The implementation rating provides an assessment of the program’s training, support, and acceptability by participants and instructors. Friendology received a score of 4/4
Out of 209 programs previously listed, only 29 have been accepted into the new Be You database. Friendology was among only 4 programs in Australia to receive a perfect score on Implementation and among only 5 programs to receive the top score of 7 out of 8.
Friendology 101 + Be You Success Story
After attending URSTRONG’s Friendology 101 Educator Training in Perth, Cathy Smith began implementing our whole-school friendship strategy at Coolbinia Primary School. As featured on the Be You website, Friendology has been a huge success at the school:
“There was a real need at Coolbinia. Children were having a lot of trouble managing their friendships and their relationships, and it was impacting on their resilience and their ability to feel confident in themselves,” says Rebekah.