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The school welfare service may experience an increase in demand for services during and after the period in which the courses are run. Anecdotally, schools which have participated in the program so far have reported that this has not created an undue burden and that they are glad the services are being accessed appropriately.

Occasionally a student becomes distressed by the content. This can often be dealt with quite quickly, with a conversation with the school counsellor or other member of the welfare staff. Otherwise referral to an appropriate service may be required. Most people, even if they find the material upsetting, are ultimately glad they attended.

As this course is three sessions of 75 minutes teaching time it requires an 80 minute class period, to allow for stragglers, etc. Depending on the structure of the timetable this can mean some shuffling of classes, which can be a challenge.

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