- MORE Enhanced Supports
Meta-cognition, Outcomes, Resilience and Education (MORE) is a pilot program for new PMC-registered students aimed at the improvement of academic and mental health outcomes through enhanced supports. These supports focus on student engagement, skills building and resilience. MORE complements the provision of accommodation services currently offered by PMC.
The MORE pilot program launches September 9, 2020 and is expected to conclude at the end of Winter 2021 semester.
The pilot-period will be overseen by Dr. John Meissner, registered clinical psychologist, and Sonia Tanguay, Senior Disabilities Coordinator.
The Paul Menton Centre will evaluate the benefits to students upon completion of the pilot.
Students will complete assessments designed to gauge functional impairments, learning and study practices and attitudes, mental health and well-being. These assessments will be completed at intake, as well as upon exiting the program.
Students will be asked to complete three questionnaires before their intake appointment with a PMC Coordinator:
- Assessment of Functional Impairments (AFI) Questionnaire is based on the WHO Disability Assessment Scale 2.0 (WHODA 2.0) and Barkley Functional Impairment Scale (BFIS). It is used to gather information on the nature and degree of functional impairments related to a disability.
- Learning and Study Strategies Inventory (LASSI) Questionnaire is designed to gather information about learning and study practices and attitudes.
- Outcomes Questionnaire (OQ.45) is designed to measure improvement in mental health and well-being and to help identify helpful services.
Students will complete the LASSI, OQ.45, and an exit interview with their PMC Coordinator at the end of the winter term. The purpose of exit assessment is to assess whether there has been improvement in learning and study strategies, mental health and well-being as result of participation in MORE.
The Student Development Plan (SDP) is an evolving document informed by the student’s input, intake interview, AFI, LASSI and OQ.45. The SDP provides a summary of the student’s strengths, areas of needs, and goals in different life domains including school, work, health/well-being, and social/interpersonal relationships.
All participating MORE students will be required to take Online Learning Strategy (LS) Modules through Brightspace on various topics such time management, notetaking, studying and test-taking, and academic writing in university. In addition to learning basic learning strategies, students will be directed to resources and support services offered on campus to help them enhance the development of these skills.
After the completion of the Online LS Modules, students can self-enroll or ask their PMC Coordinator to refer them to STEP 2 of the MORE Program. Step 2 is based on students working one-on-one with a learning strategist to develop specific learning strategies and skills or with a counselling intern to address specific issues as identified in their SDPs.
Students will receive regular check-ins from their PMC Coordinators as part of the scaffolding support of MORE. These regular check-ins provide an opportunity for students to discuss with their PMC Coordinators what is working, what is not working, and whether further intervention or support is needed.
Please contact your PMC Coordinator directly if you are interested in participating in the MORE pilot program.