Using the Be You Programs Directory

The Programs Directory has been developed to help early learning services and schools make informed decisions when selecting programs.
Implementing a formal program is one strategy you can use to support children and young people’s social and emotional learning and mental health.

Currently there are a lot of programs available to choose from, and the Programs Directory aims to make this task easier for your community by summarising programs and rating the evidence of their effectiveness in a consistent, uniform way.

The Be You Programs Directory is an evolution of the previous Programs Guides that have been available across the KidsMatter Early Childhood, KidsMatter Primary and MindMatters initiatives over the past several years.

During mid-2018, we checked in with all program providers listed in the previous guides, and subsequently updated their contact details and any other relevant information.

During 2019, we will commence the process of completely refreshing the Programs Directory.

  • What is a program?

    Programs included in the Be You Programs Directory:
    • Must have a manual to guide the delivery of the program and to ensure fidelity. The program manual doesn't have to be overly detailed; there just needs to be one and it should contain at least brief instructions for delivery.
    • Must have a theoretical basis. In order to meet this criterion, a program must have theoretical underpinnings. These can be theories, clinical therapies approach (for example, CBT) or frameworks (for example, KidsMatter or MindMatters) and must match with the aims or purpose of the program.
    • Must be organised into sessions that are done sequentially and build upon in each other. It doesn’t matter how many sessions a program has (for example, two or three), or how flexible those sessions are (for example, can be held over a long period of time, or on an as-needs basis), there just needs to be more than one session.

    A program must aim to address social and emotional learning, resilience, or mental health issues through modifying the patterns of thought or behaviour among recipients (children, young people and/or families), which may include but isn't limited to providing information to recipients.

  • How to select a program

    Alongside the Programs Directory sits the STEPS Decision-Making Framework, adapted by Beyond Blue with permission from Bullying. No Way!

    The STEPS Framework provides you with a decision-making tool intended to be used when selecting a targeted program to implement. By providing early learning services and schools with the appropriate questions to ask about the program, it ensures your identified goals and needs are met by the programs evidenced-based approach.

    The combined use of the Programs Directory and the STEPS Decision-Making Framework will enable services and schools to enhance their Be You experience with in a simple, cohesive manner.