Ian Shochet is a Professor of Clinical Psychology at Queensland University of Technology with an international reputation in resilience research. He has developed nationally and internationally recognised interventions that promote resilience in adolescents and adults. His research on school-based approaches to promoting resilience and preventing depression in young people represented the world's first successful trial in this area, cementing his position as a pioneer in this field. 

Prof Shochet has also published important research about school connectedness and its association with a wide range of outcomes, particularly adolescent depression. Professor Shochet is also the Director of the Resourceful Adolescent Programs (RAP) and provides ongoing consultancy on the national and international dissemination of RAP. He is a registered psychologist and member of the College of Clinical Psychologists of the Australia Psychological Society.

Prof Shochet will present on Day 3 in Symposium 10 - Transforming Adolescence.

Adapting the Resourceful Adolescent Program (RAP) to Promote Resilience and School Connectedness for Adolescents living with ASD: Adolescents living with ASD are at increased risk of experiencing depression and other mental health problems but there is limited research on prevention and early intervention. Research with community samples suggests that two major protective factors are school connectedness and the ability to regulate emotions in the face of stress and negative life events. The Resourceful Adolescent Program (RAP) is a multilayered intervention that targets students (RAP-A), parents (RAP-P) and teachers (RAP-T) to promote resilience and school connectedness. RAP-A has been successful in preventing depression with universal school-based samples. There is some promising recent research when implementing the RAP-A with adolescents with ASD but much still needs to be done. This presentation will describe RAP and the research currently in process to adapt and implement RAP as a multilayered intervention targeting students, parents and teachers. This approach appears to hold considerable promise.

Also presenting in this Symposium:
Dr Debra Costley
Damian Santomauro