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Student-to-Student-Coaching improves both clients´ self-management and mental health and undergraduates´ clinical training

[Speaker] Stein, Miriam:1
[Co-author] Schnell, Knut:2, Holm-hadulla, Rainer:3
1:Heidelberg University (Germany), 2:Heidelberg University Hospital (Germany), 3:Studierendenwerk Heidelberg (Germany)

Worldwide large proportions of students report study-related functional impairment due to mental symptoms (e.g. Tomoda et al., 2000; Bailer et al., 2008). We implemented a coaching-program for students by students, which is accessible for clients at a low threshold, and provides practical training for psychology master students simultaneously. N = 63 clients were enrolled in the program, the clients took M = 8.25 (SD = 2.33) sessions. Effect sizes ranged from d = 0.70 (ITT; general self-efficacy) to 0.96 (ITT; study-related satisfaction). Between 30% (increase of life satisfaction) and 65% (decrease of BDI scores) of the students reported clinically relevant changes. 72.5% of the clients reached their first individual goal (GAS). In a control cohort-sample, there was no significant change over one term. Thus, the integrated coaching- and training program is a feasible way to enhance student's mental health and to foster the acquisition of practical clinical skills for students.
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