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The Program for the promotion of mental health and learning (PPMHL) integrates empirical data with recent theoretical approaches in school mental health. The program’s particular characteristics include linking current relevant theory and research with practice, adjusting to the needs of students in the Greek cultural and educational setting, emphasizing “typical” instead of atypical behavior, and using multi-dimensional and multi-method assessment (evidence- based intervention). 

The program’s purpose is to promote children’s mental health and learning, and to create a positive climate in the school environment (Hatzichristou, 2004b, 2004c, 2004d). It consists of 10 thematic units:

(i) communication skills

(ii) identification, expression, and dealing with feelings

(iii) self-concept and self-esteem

(iv) coping strategies

(v) conflict resolution

(vi) diversity in culture

(vii) diversity in individual, family and social characteristics

(viii) learning/study skills

(ix) social skills

(x) crisis intervention in the school community.

For each thematic unit a specialized educational curriculum includes a literature review, practical guidelines for implementing the program, and classroom activities with specific goals and methods for preschool, primary and secondary students.

Participants in Greece & Cyprus: 900 teachers, 15,000 students