The Zenstudies: Making a Healthy Transition to Higher Education program aims to prevent depression and anxiety among first-year students in post-secondary school. It includes three modules, or prevention levels, Module 3 of Zenstudies, presented here, is a targeted-indicated prevention program led by two mental health professionals.
Module 3 takes place in a small group setting and consists of 10 sessions that will help students develop coping skills. Some of these skills include identifying stresses linked to making the transition from high school to higher education, better managing anxiety by facing stressful situations instead of avoiding them, increasing the number of pleasant activities they take part in, reflecting on their professional goals, learning social, communication, problem-solving, conflict-management and studying skills, questioning unrealistic thoughts, as well as participating in many activities linked to practising mindfulness.
The Rossy and Bell Foundations made the translation of the Zenétudes program in English possible.
Diane Marcotte (Author) Diane Marcotte holds a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Ottawa and heads the youth mental health research laboratory in an educational context at Université du Québec à Montréal. Marcotte has been practicing psychotherapy and training psychologists for over 25 years. She has published over 100 scientific articles, books and chapters, including the depression prevention program for teens entitled Pare-Chocs.
The subject of her research is the emergence of depression and anxiety during educational transitions and the development and evaluation of prevention programs.
Carole Viel (Author) Carole Viel is a retired guidance counsellor.
Marie-Laurence Paré (Author) Marie-Laurence Paré and Cynthia Lamarre obtained their PhDs in psychology, research and intervention from Université du Québec à Montréal under the supervision of Dr. Diane Marcotte.
Cynthia Lamarre (Author) Marie-Laurence Paré and Cynthia Lamarre obtained their PhDs in psychology, research and intervention from Université du Québec à Montréal under the supervision of Dr. Diane Marcotte.