Giving at-risk adolescents skills to navigate life's journey and make a difference

ippe-project-helmsman-project-e1449619498960-300x159 This project aims to investigate how to keep able, but disadvantaged, youth engaged in school and give them the psychological tools they need to succeed. It proposes a randomised control and extended baseline control testing of a combined personal coaching and outdoor education (sailing) program. This is designed to foster positive psychological outcomes by developing goal strategies, resilience, self-regulation, and hope.

The study aims to be extensive and novel, capturing the experiences of not just the participants but their peers, parents, teachers, and alumni mentors. Both traditional survey and experience sampling data will be collected.

Media Enquiries

Rajiv Maharaj

Team Leader

Professor Herb Marsh


Professor Herb Marsh, Professor Joseph Ciarrochi, Dr Philip Parker, Professor Felicia Huppert, Dr Travis Kemp

Start Date

1 July 2014

End Date

30 June 2017

Funding Body

ARC Linkage Grant and The Helmsman Project Limited


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