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Age From: 


Age To: 


Delivered To: 

  • Children/Students


  • Component 2 : Social and emotional learning for students


  • Social and emotional skills

Special Student Group: 

  • Culturally/Linguistically diverse


Target group:
The main purpose of Program Achieve is to support communities, schools and homes in a collective effort to optimise the social, emotional, and academic development of all children and young people. Its unique contribution is in identifying the social and emotional capabilities that all young people need to acquire in order to be successful in school, experience well-being and have positive relationships.


The program’s core purpose is the development of young people’s social and emotional capabilities, including: Confidence (academic, social), Persistence, Organisation, Getting Along, and Emotional Resilience. Central to the development of these 5 foundations is instilling in young people 12 Habits of the Mind that support and nourish the 5 foundations, including Accepting Myself, Taking Risks, Setting Goals, Planning My Time, Being Tolerant of Others, Thinking First, Playing by the Rules, and Social Responsibility (includes the values of respect, responsibility, caring, fairness and honesty).



Program Achieve addresses the following components:


  • Attitude
  • Becoming confident and accepting
  • Being happy and fulfilled
  • Self motivation
  • Persistence
  • Resilience
  • Accepting myself
  • Taking risks
  • Being independent

Social awareness

  • Relationship with others/getting along
  • Being tolerant of others


  • Setting goals
  • Time management
  • General studying techniques
  • Exam techniques

Relationship skills

  • Relationship with others

Responsible decision-making

  • Playing by the rules

Program Structure / Methods of Delivery: 

Program Structure
Program Achieve
This is a comprehensive six-book curriculum of lessons for ages 6 to 17+. The lessons and activities are designed to teach students a positive mindset for academic achievement and eliminate the negative mindset leading to poor social-emotional development. Specific focus is on teaching students.

YCDI! Teachers Manual
This handbook helps schools and teachers learn about the basic theory and practice of You Can Do It! Education. The book presents good classroom practices for teaching students how to be successful in their schoolwork. Techniques such as the use of behaviour-specific feedback and how to teach students the 11 essential Habits of the Mind are described. A variety of evaluation forms and surveys are also presented in this invaluable resource.

YCDI! Parent Education
YCDI! views school-home collaboration as a key for promoting student achievement and social-emotional-behavioural well-being. Investing In Parent Education program has been developed based on what the research indicates as the actions that parents can take at home that support their children’s achievement in school and Social Emotional Well-Being. The program is set out in Ten Modules and all overheads and handouts are provided. These are as follows:

  • Module 1 Parenting today: What you need to know and do
  • Module 2 Avoid common mistakes that “good” parents make
  • Module 3 Be emotionally resilient
  • Module 4 Develop positive relationships with your children
  • Module 5 Communicate to your children high and realistic expectations for achievement and behaviour
  • Module 6 Be involved in your children’s education:
    • Part A Show Interest
    • Part B Manage Homework
    • Part C Tutor Your Child
    • Part D Steps to take if your child under-achieves
  • Module 7 Provide children with responsibility and involve them in decision making
  • Module 8 Provide activities that accommodate children’s interests
  • Module 9 Motivate your children
  • Module 10 Develop your children’s social-emotional competence:
    • Part A Build Children’s Positive Mindset for achievement
    • Part B Help Children Get Along
    • Part C Build Children’s Emotional Resilience
    • Part D Teach Children the Core Value of Social Responsibility


You Can Do It! Education – Early Childhood Program: $395
Program Achieve – Primary Set (Vol. 1-3): $695

There are other additional resources and workshops available, which assist in the implementation and facilitation of this program.

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Professional Learning: 

  • Professional Learning Available

Professional Learning Compulsory: 


Formal Parent/Carer Component Provided: 

Evidence of Effectiveness

Evidence of Effectiveness Rating: 


Evidence of Effectiveness Description: 

Multiple studies documented positive behavioural outcomes at post-test, with at least one study indicating positive behavioural impact at follow-up at least one year after the intervention ended.

Competency 1 : Self Awareness: 


Competency 3 : Self-management: 


Competency 4 : Responsible decision-making: 


Competency 5 : Relationship skills: 


Identified Theoretical Framework: 


Identified Theoretical Framework Description: 

Program Achieve is based on educational and psychological theories that identify distinct social-emotional capabilities that are associated with students’ motivation and achievement. The program author, Michael Bernard, proposes that students’ scholastic achievement and well-being (social, emotional and behavioural) are dependent upon the following Five Foundations: Confidence, Persistence, Organisation, Getting Along and Emotional Resilience.

Survey/Audit Tools Available: 



Professor Michael E. Bernard

About the Author(s): 

Professor Michael E. Bernard is the Founder and Executive Director of You Can Do It! Education. After receiving his doctorate in educational psychology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, he worked for 18 years in the College of Education, University of Melbourne, Australia. In 1983, he was appointed as Reader and Coordinator of the Master of Educational Psychology Program. From 1995 to 2005, he was a tenured professor in the Department of Educational Psychology, Administration and Counseling, College of Education, at California, at California State University, Long Beach.

Professor Bernard has worked as a consultant school psychologist, helping families and schools address the educational and mental health needs of school-age children. He has spent extensive time counselling children with emotional, behavioural, or academic difficulties. Professor Bernard is a co-founder of the Australian Institute for the Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy and is the author of many books on REBT. For eight years, he was editor-in-chief of the Journal of Rational-Emotive and Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy. He is the author of over 50 books, 15 book chapters, and 30 journal articles in the area of children’s early childhood development, learning and social-emotional well-being as well as parent education, teacher professional development and school improvement.

Today, Michael Bernard is an international consultant to universities, educational authorities, organisation, and government and is a Professor at the University of Melbourne, Faculty of Education, Australia.

Contact Information: 

The Bernard Group

Address: 182/99 Spring Street, Melbourne, Vic 3000, Australia PO Box 405 East Melbourne Vic 8002

Phone: Toll Free: 1 800 155 603 T: +61 3 9415 8327   F: +61 3 9639 3229