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The programme provides young people with skills to:

  • Enhance self-confidence, build emotional resilience, improve social skills and  competence.

  • Cope with stressful situations, including life changes such as the transition  from primary to secondary school).

  • Super Skills also covers techniques to improve healthy life style such as healthy eating, physical exercise, and sleep hygiene.

Cecilia A. Essau is Professor of Developmental Psychopathology and the Director of Centre for Applied Research and Assessment in Child and Adolescent Wellbeing (CARACAW) at the University of Roehampton, UK. She obtained her Honours Bachelor of Arts degree and her Master of Arts degree from Lakehead University (Canada), her PhD from the University of Konstanz (Germany), and her “Habilitation” in Psychology (qualification for tenure-track professorships in Germany) from the University of Bremen.

She is Fellow of the British Psychological Society, and was the recipient of the Norman Munn Distinguished Visiting Scholar award from Flinders University (Australia), Distinguished Visiting Professorship from De La Salle University (Philippines), and the Florey Medical Research Foundation Mental Health Visiting Professorship from the University of Adelaide (Australia). She is the author or co-author of 220 articles, and is the author/editor of 20 books in the area of youth mental health.


Thomas H. Ollendick is University Distinguished Professor in Clinical Psychology and Director of the Child Study Center at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia, USA. He is the author or co-author of 350 research publications, 75 book chapters, and 35 books. He is the past Editor of the Journal of Clinical Child Psychology, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, Behavior Therapy, and founding Co-Editor of Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review.  In addition, He is Past-President of the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy (1995), the Society of Clinical Psychology (1999), the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (2003), and the Society for the Science of Clinical Psychology (2010).


The recipient of several NIMH grants, his clinical and research interests range from the study of diverse forms of child psychopathology to the assessment, treatment, and prevention of these child disorders from a social learning/social cognitive theory perspective. He received an Honorary Doctorate from Stockholm University and holds an honorary adjunct position at Roehampton University, UK.

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