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Professor Ian Shochet

Faculty of Health,
School - Psychology and Counselling

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Name
Professor Ian Shochet
Position(s)
Professor
Faculty of Health,
School - Psychology and Counselling
IHBI Member
Institute of Health Biomedical Innovation (IHBI),
IHBI Health Projects,
IHBI Psych and Counc - HHWB
Discipline *
Psychology
Phone
+61 7 3138 4591
Fax
+61 7 3138 0486
Email
Location
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Qualifications

PhD (University of The Witwatersrand, Johannesburg)

Professional memberships
and associations
  • 1993 – present: Member of the College of Clinical Psychologists of the APS
  • 1992 – present: Registered as a Psychologist in Australia
  • 1992 – present: Foreign Affiliate of the American Psychological Association
  • 1989 – present: Member of the Australian Psychological Society.
Keywords

adolescent mental health, belongingness, depression, early intervention, prevention, resilience, school connectedness, wellbeing

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008

Biography

Shochet has an international reputation in resilience research, developing nationally and internationally recognised interventions that promote resilience.  His research on school-based approaches to promoting resilience and preventing depression in young people represented the world’s first successful trial in this area, cementing his position as a pioneer in this field.  His work has attracted approximately $4 million of external funding and hundreds of citations. He has held leadership and academic positions at prestigious organisations both overseas and in Australia, and has continued his practice as a clinical psychologist.

 

Shochet commenced work at the Queensland University of Technology in 2004 and brought with him a highly successful research endeavour; the Resourceful Adolescent Program (RAP) – his multifaceted resilience program for adolescence. Shochet founded RAP in 1996 and remains the Director of RAP, providing ongoing consultancy on national and international dissemination.  RAP is endorsed by the Commonwealth Government as an evidence-based intervention for adolescent depression, and is listed in numerous Commonwealth and State Government publications.  RAP has been translated into four languages and has been disseminated into 17 countries. Approximately 80,000 Australian adolescents have received the program and over 6,000 professionals have been trained in the use of the RAP resilience building interventions.

 

Shochet has worked to implement RAP with population groups at greater risk for depression e.g. partnering with Aboriginal communities, contributing to the implementation of RAP in low socio-economic urban schools, and partnering with community organisations to develop flexible delivery of the RAP in remote areas.  Recent advances include the development and randomised controlled trial of the Promoting Resilient Officers (PRO) programs for police recruits and the development of the Promoting Adult Resilience (PAR) Program. Shochet has conducted research investigating promoting resilience in primary school children with intellectual disabilities.  Ongoing RAP research includes trialling resilience programs with adolescents with Diabetes and adolescents with Asperger’s Disorder.

 

Shochet is also regarded as a leader in the field of depression and promoting positive mental health, evidenced by numerous invitations to participate in projects targeting depression.  He was invited to be a member of the National Think Tank on Depression, and to attend the National Depression Workshop, a gathering of leading figures in the field.  Shochet was a consultant on the MindMatters Plus project, the Beyond Blue National School-Based Initiative, and has consulted to assist impoverished communities in South Africa.  Shochet has also been a member of an expert working group to develop a framework for promoting Social and Emotional Wellbeing for Indigenous communities in Queensland.  In 2011 he was invited by the Australian Defence Force Director General for Mental Health to provide the opening address to a National Operational Mental Health Training Forum.

 

From 2006 to 2011 Professor Shochet was the Head of School of Psychology and Counselling at QUT, a testament to his outstanding leadership abilities. In this role he provided academic and professional leadership to the School while continuing to conduct research and manage large external grants. Shochet successfully fostered a steady increase in the research efforts of the School and presided the doubling of student numbers. Shochet’s appointment as Head of School in 2006 coincided with his promotion to the level of Professor (Level E), an acknowledgement of his accomplished research record, and his ability to mentor the research of others.

 

Shochet’s current and recent research grants and research focus include:

•           ARC Linkage to promote resilience in police officers

•           ARC Discovery to promote resilience in people with intellectual disability

•           ARC Linkage to build capacity for online interventions for adolescents

•           Ongoing RAP research includes trialling resilience programs with adolescents with Diabetes and adolescents with Asperger’s Disorder.

 

For a full CV, please contact i.shochet@qut.edu.au

This information has been contributed by Professor Ian Shochet.

Teaching

Shochet has had extensive experience (over 25 years) in curriculum development and teaching.  He has taught at five universities in three countries, at both postgraduate and undergraduate levels.

 

In subject curriculum planning Shochet’s courses have been distinctive in his integration of theory and research.   He has also developed innovative programs, for example, the Postgraduate Clinical programs at Griffith University.  Innovations in this program included:

•           Exposure to and integration of a diverse range of clinical orientations

•           Closer integration of course work and practicum work

•           Early introduction of practicum work, facilitated by an intensive pre-practicum block

•           Innovative clinical supervision processes

•           External benchmarking and review of the program.

 

Current Teaching

Professor Shochet currently teaches counselling psychology and family therapy to postgraduate students and regularly provides guest lectures to undergraduate students.

This information has been contributed by Professor Ian Shochet.

Publications


For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.

Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

Title
Building Capacity For Online Counselling In School Contexts: Developing an Online School Counselling Program
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LP110100020
Start year
2011
Keywords
Online Counselling, Help Seeking, Educational Counselling, Career Guidance, Adolescents
Title
Promoting Resilience In Employees Working In High-Stress Occupations.
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LP0883444
Start year
2009
Keywords
Occupational Stress, Mental Health Promotion, Resilience
Title
Investigating and Promoting Resilience in Children with Intellectual Disabilities
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
DP0879793
Start year
2008
Keywords
Resilience, Intervention, Children, Disabilities, Intellectual Impairment,
Title
Promoting Adult Resilience in the Workforce: Synthesizing Mental Health Promotion and Work-life Balance Approaches
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
Start year
2006
Keywords
Mental Health, Promotion, Resilience, Workforce
Title
Promoting Positive Adolescent Psychosocial Development through Enhancing School Connectedness: Evaluation of an Innovative Program for Teachers
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LP0453727
Start year
2004
Keywords
Adolescents, Mental Health, School Connectedness, Conduct Problems, Wellbeing

Supervision