Supporting Transition Resilience

of Newcomer Groups

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Supporting Transition Resilience of Newcomer Groups (STRONG) is an evidence-informed, school-based intervention for immigrant and refugee youth (K-12th grades).  STRONG aims to build resilience and address psychological distress associated with the newcomer experience. STRONG is delivered by school mental health clinicians and is comprised of 10 group sessions, one individual student session, and teacher and parent education sessions. Elementary and Secondary versions are available. STRONG is currently being implemented in schools throughout Canada and the United States


















Core components of STRONG

  • Resilience-Building Skills

  • Understanding and Normalizing Distress

  • Cognitive Behavioral Intervention Skills

    • Relaxation

    • Cognitive Coping

    • Exposure

    • Goal Setting

    • Problem Solving

  • Journey Narrative

  • Peer, Parent, and Educator Support

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