The RESPECT program is underpinned by a strength-based approach that supports the existing strengths and abilities of the young person.

The problem and the person are seen as separate; however, the problem is never minimized. Through this approach it is recognized that:

  • All young people have strengths and abilities!
  • Young people grow and develop from their strengths and abilities
  • The problem is the problem – not the young person

How to use basic communication for conflict resolution

How to use problem solving skills to manage personal emotions

How to manage own personal thoughts and behaviours

How to manage their own cybersafety

How to apply personal skills to achieve positive health outcomes


Positive image and Self-esteem

Goal Setting

Drug and Alcohol prevention

Anger Management

Impulse Control

Suicide Prevention and Awareness

Cyber Safety


Conflict Resolution

Moral Reasoning

Domestic and family violence

Personal Health and Hygiene

Problem Solving

RESPECT is based on a cognitive behavioural therapy approach (CBT). CBT assumes that most people can become conscious of their own thoughts and behaviours and make positive changes around them!

CBT is an evidence-based approach that can be tailored to meet the needs of young people with a variety of mental health problems. CBT focuses on teaching skills that allow people to reduce their negative thinking and improve their behaviour.

In 2017, Project Booyah developed a resilience program titled ‘RESPECT’ which is based on a positive, interpersonal and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) approach. RESPECT aims to enhance the resilience, self-esteem, anger regression and other key protective factors for at risk youth. RESPECT is underpinned by a strength-based approach that supports the existing strengths and abilities of the young person as opposed to focusing on and staying with the problem or concern. The program includes adventure-based learning, social and skill development training, and community intervention, to support identified disconnected young people to regain a sense of their own self-worth, build resilience and enable them to feel a connection with their local community. 

The successful outcomes of the RESPECT program delivered internally to over 400 at risk youth has culminated in the program being trialled across various schools in Queensland however not within a formalised arrangement due to a lack of resourcing. The RESPECT program is now a nationally recognised program and listed on the National Training Register (10806NAT Course in Personal Awareness, Responsibility and Resilience –Project Booyah RESPECT).

The RESPECT framework is as follows:

  • Introduction to RESPECT: (Team Building, Group Agreement, Goal Setting, Introduction to CBT)
  • Session 1: Resilience and Communication Skills
  • Session 2: Positive Social Behavior and Public Image, Conflict Management and Impulse Control
  • Session 3: Introduction to Life skills and Drug and Alcohol Awareness
  • Session 4: CBT 2 and Problem Solving
  • Session 5: Anger Management, Moral Reasoning
  • Session 6: Self Esteem
  • Session 7: Life skills 2 and Healthy Relationships & Domestic Violence
  • Session 8: Cyber safety and Suicide Prevention
  • Session 9: Putting it all together

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