Frequently asked questions about our mental health curriculum for high schools
Yes. The Prepare U program has been reviewed by independent experts in psychology, education, and mental health. You can read more about this HERE or you can visit some of the media articles describing the program. We take our responsibility to deliver important and engaging curriculum seriously. Accordingly, we have been in constant contact with leading experts in the field to assure an optimal student and staff experience.
Our program curriculum engages students in serious discussions about suicide and other topics. While the program is much broader than just a suicide education and prevention program, encompassing a dozen other topics and instructing the students in a wide range of coping and emotional self-regulation techniques, the program does specifically address concerns around suicide and offers students education about the topic and provides them with a range of suicide-specific resources in addition to the general emotional self-regulation tools.
Yes. The Prepare U program has been researched in adolescents in a real-world classroom environment. Students ages 13-19 were found to benefit from the program. Specifically, students demonstrated increased learning of content-based mental health related topics, experienced a decrease in symptoms of trauma, reported better physical health, and reported better overall health.
We pride ourselves on offering exceptional support for the schools and staff implementing the Prepare U program. We offer comprehensive training videos and teacher support materials. We offer live support if there are any confusion or challenges with program implementation. We also offer optional, advanced, facilitator training events.
Yes. The Prepare U program is available throughout the United States. The Prepare U program is currently in use in schools in 7 states. Shipping in the contiguous 48 states is the same rate. If you reside in Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, or Canada, please contact us about bringing the Prepare U program to your school or district.
Most qualified teachers will be able to deliver the Prepare U curriculum after only a few hours of preparatory instruction. Both our experience in supporting program implementation and the research literature clearly show that qualified teachers can get solid results from instructing students in basic social emotional skill building and basic mental health skills applications.
While the Prepare U program deals with mental and emotional health and wellbeing, it does not need to be specifically a part of your school’s health class. It can be offered as a part of a freshmen orientation class, a healthy relationships class, a psychology class, or as a standalone course. As long as the Prepare U program is offered in sequence and in its entirety, we believe that it will be effective.
The curriculum involves techniques that are designed for students ages 13 to 18 and would be suitable for most 8th grade students. That said, we believe that early in the first year of high school is likely the optimal time for students to participate in this program. We believe that implementation of this program near to the middle school to high school transition will better support a healthy school culture.
Yes. We include a customizable template for your staff to communicate with parents.
While the Prepare U program is a unique program blending aspects of social emotional learning, psychology, health class, and experiential education, it is in alignment with the core domains of the HECAT with regard to health education and mental health. You can read all of the details HERE.
While the Prepare U program is a unique program blending aspects of social emotional learning, psychology, health class, and experiential education, it is in alignment with the core domains of social and emotional learning with regard to mental and emotional health. You can read all of the details HERE.
While the Prepare U program is a unique program blending aspects of social emotional learning, psychology, health class, and experiential education, it does address some of the core domains of psychological education. You can read all of the details HERE.
While the Prepare U program is a unique program blending aspects of social emotional learning, psychology, health class, and experiential education, it is in alignment with the core domains of the Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT) with regard to health education and mental health. You can read all of the details HERE.
We strongly recommend this program as a universal program for all students in a given cohort. It was designed to be implemented as a group experience, rather than a special “pull-out” intervention. If you have further questions or concerns about this, please contact us.
Each year each student gets their own personal Prepare U workbook, a copy of the book Forty Days Off Facebook, and yearlong access to premium digital video content.
The Prepare U curriculum is an integrated sequence of classes that is specifically designed to elicit a series of growth events in the students that take the course. In order for the Prepare U curriculum to function optimally, it needs to be given both in sequence and in its entirety.
While assemblies may be interesting experiences for your students, their efficacy in addressing sustainable behavior change is questionable. In order to gain mastery of new skills, your students will need to have ample opportunities to practice using the tools they have learned. Prepare U combines didactic content, individual experiential exercises, and group experiential exercises into a blended whole that supports skill development and retention.
The curriculum involves techniques that are designed for students ages 13 to 18 and would be appropriate for most high school juniors. That said, we believe that early in the first year of high school is likely the optimal time for students to participate in this program. We believe that earlier implementation will better support a healthy school culture.
No. The Prepare U curriculum is designed to be able to be delivered by any certified teacher. Facilitators are provided with class-by-class instruction videos along with a step-by-step teacher manual. In addition, we provide ongoing technical and programmatic support to assist your institution and your staff in getting the best outcomes for your students.
We understand that enrollment can sometimes exceed expectations. Our dedicated staff will get additional materials to you as soon as possible in order to support the best possible experience for your staff and students.
While there are probably some specific classes or sequences where the Prepare U program might be less than optimal, the program sequence has been included as a part of Health Class, Physical Education, Freshmen Seminar, and several traditional content classes (i.e. English, etc.). Provided the scheduling allows, it appears that the program is workable as a module within a range of different course sequences.
While we generally recommend this program as a universal program for all students in a given cohort, Prepare U is currently being used in alternative schools. Please contact us for additional support in implementing the Prepare U program within your institution.
Currently, the Prepare U program is only available in the English language. That said, we may be able to work with you to meet other language needs. Contact us for a more detailed conversation about custom curriculum development.
Yes. We are a TIPS vendor and have been since early 2018.
Yes. We are ready when you are.
Yes. We are able to handle large purchases with a rapid turnaround. Contact us today so that we can expedite the Prepare U program to your school or district.
The Prepare U program is carefully sequenced to elicit a curated student experience. We strongly discourage giving the program in a different order or in an incomplete format. Each class builds on the tools and experiences of the previous classes, so we strongly recommend that the curriculum is given in totality and in sequence.
Yes. The Prepare U program can be implemented in schools where the student bodies are comprised of same gendered students, provided they are ages 13-19.
Yes. We can work with you to do curriculum customization. Please contact us for more information.
The Prepare U program is priced at $25 per pupil, which includes their own Prepare U workbook and year long access to the Prepare U Home Edition, which includes custom digital content, a digital copy of Forty Days off Facebook, additional exercises, and educational materials which can be utilized at home with the family.
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