Rock and Water Australia

The Rock and Water program is an experience that provides young people and adults a pathway to self-awareness, and increased self-confidence and social functioning. The workshop is relevant to; Principals, Assistant Principals, School Teachers, Youth Workers, Health Professionals and Community Support Services. Rock and Water Training addresses 4.1.2, 4.2.2, 4.3.2 and 6.3.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.

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Rock and Water is an Evidenced Based Scientifically Proven Program

A four year study of the effects of Rock and Water delivered to students (age 11-13) at pre-vocational colleges in The Netherlands. Students at pre-vocational colleges are considered to have a higher propensity for behavioural, social skill and risk-taking problems. The study, in which 1,299 students participated, took place between 2016 and 2020 and was carried out by the University of Utrecht (in the Netherlands). Results show that students who have had the R&W intervention show better development on multiple outcomes in both the interpersonal domain (aggression) and the intrapersonal domain (psychological well-being, sexual autonomy, internalizing behaviour) and on secondary outcome measures (self-control and emotion regulation), compared to the students who did not receive the R&W intervention. The outcomes were strongest when a core team of teachers was involved in the implementation of the intervention. The dissertation can be found under the research tab on our site.


The Rock and Water program was developed by Dutch educator and author Freerk Ykema, and has been taught to over 15,000 teachers and youth workers in Australia since 1998. Today, more than 35,000 teachers in 14 countries have trained approximately 2 million students. Rock and Water Australia delivers the Rock and Water training programs in NSW, ACT, TAS, WA, SA, NT and VIC in partnership with the Gadaku Institute and Freek Ykema.