Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How can I get copies of the PRP manuals?
The PRP curriculum is available to qualified researchers who are interested in using PRP in a research study of their own. If you are a researcher who would like an application to use the materials, please complete the research-use application on our Curriculum Availability page.
The curriculum is not currently available for the general public. However, we hope to have a version ready for distribution in the near future. This website (http://www.ppc.sas.upenn.edu/prpsum.htm) will be updated when the curriculum is published and available to the public.
Can I participate in one of your ongoing trainings for teachers/clinicians?
At this point, we primarily offer trainings to teachers and counselors who are leading groups as part of our research studies. It is not possible for other teachers and counselors to attend these trainings. Our investigators sometimes offer workshops for schools and other organizations. If you are interested in organizing a workshop, please complete the brief form on our Group Leader Training and Supervision page. If you are an individual teacher or counselor who would like to attend a training, please submit the form to email@example.com and we will contact you if open enrollment trainings become available.
Can I sign my child up for a PRP group?
Currently, we are only offering PRP groups in the context of ongoing research studies that are being conducted in collaboration with school districts in the Philadelphia area. If your child's school is participating, you would have received a letter from our research team. Unfortunately, we do not currently have the staff available to offer groups to children and adolescents outside of these studies.
Many of the skills covered in PRP are used in cognitive-behavioral therapy for depression and anxiety. You may find it beneficial to connect with a cognitive-behavioral therapist specializing in work with children and adolescents. Three of the institutions in the Philadelphia area that provide cognitive-behavioral therapy for depression and anxiety are The Center for Cognitive Therapy at the University of Pennsylvania, the Beck Institute, and the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety at the University of Pennsylvania.
Referrals for cognitive-behavioral therapists throughout the country can be found at:
Can I observe PRP groups in action?
General Requests for Observation
It is not possible to arrange for visitors to observe PRP groups for several reasons. For the PRP groups to work well, it is important that students feel comfortable sharing their experiences and applying PRP skills to their own lives. We have found that visitors disrupt the group process. In addition, to help students feel comfortable in the group format, we promise participants confidentiality.
Media Requests for Observation
Because of the above reasons (confidentiality, group process), it is not possible for reporters to observe actual groups. In general, it is not possible to honor most requests for these kinds of observations as they are very time consuming to arrange (they require organization with the schools and consent from students and their parents). On rare occasions, however, we are able to make exceptions for major media organizations (the New York Times) and have worked with schools that are implementing our programs to arrange demonstration lessons (with teachers and students who are participating in the intervention). For media requests, please contact the project directors at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Does the PRP research team offer consulting services?
Members of the PRP team are sometimes able to provide consultation on research and the implementation of PRP. Individuals and groups that are interested in consultation for approved research projects only should contact the project directors at prpresearch@ gmail.com