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Teaching Kids to Cope

Blueprints Program Rating: Promising

A 10-session group intervention designed to reduce depression and stress by enhancing the coping skills among high school adolescents.

Initial Training and Technical Assistance

Training is one day at customer's site at a cost of $1,000, plus travel expenses, for up to 16 participants. Contact Kathryn Puskar for more information on training:

Curriculum and Materials

Manuals can be purchased for $15.00 each. The manual details the content (topics) of each of the ten sessions. Role plays, case scenarios, and assignments are included. For purchase, contact Kathryn Puskar:



Other Start-Up Costs


Ongoing Curriculum and Materials

There are no ongoing costs, unless additional manuals and new training of group leaders become necessary.


Group leaders with master's-level training in mental health nursing should have an adequate amount of relevant experience and training, such as in group dynamics and group process, to offer this intervention.

Other Implementation Costs

Group facilitators should have access to a room large enough to accommodate a group of 6-12 youth. A white/marker board for the group leader to present material should be available.

Ongoing Training and Technical Assistance


Fidelity Monitoring and Evaluation

Detailed checklists are available at no charge to assess intervention adherence and facilitator competence.

Ongoing License Fees


Other Implementation Support and Fidelity Monitoring Costs


Year One Cost Example

In this example, a high school uses its nursing staff with mental health training to implement the Teaching Kids to Cope intervention. Four sessions, each with 10 students, are delivered during the school year.

On-site training
Trainer travel expenses
Leader manual

Total Year One Cost

With four sessions of 10 students each, 40 students would receive the intervention during Year One. The cost per student would be $50.38.

The actual unit cost will vary depending on the number of sessions delivered within the school year and whether existing staff are available to deliver the program.