The Friendship Saver

Shaping Students Templates for Managing Conflict across Their Lifespan

The F.S.P is an Australian Evidence-Based Program

The Friendship Saver Program has undergone extensive empirical testing since 2008, when the first pilot project was undertake at The Presbyterian Ladies College, Sydney.  Since that time, The Friendship Saver Program has undergone empirical tested as part of a PhD research project and an independent Masters project at The University of Melbourne.   Effective outcomes have been reported across a number of Australian schools.  



Our research and independent projects have indicated that; 

- The F.S.P can improve student engagement and wellbeing 

- The F.S.P can reduce incidences of bullying

- The classroom is more cohesive and cooperative

- Teachers report fewer playground incidences amongst peers

- Qualitative data has suggested that teachers feel more equipped to positively and effectively support students to independently resolve conflict situations, particularly in the play ground setting. 

- Students that initially reported the use of submissive problem solving strategies before participating in the program, were far more likely to report the use of assertive problem solving strategies in the face of conflict, after participating in the program. 

- Students are more likely to problem solve independently

- Student can be overheard using language from the program with peers in everyday conversations 

- Students imitate dialogue with parents around the F.S.P language and strategies

- Peer groups are less likely to require adult intervention to resolve differences.

- Fidelity of Implementation data has demonstrated that the Friendship Saver Program can be easily implemented across schools, with the support of the comprehensive program manual.   

- Fidelity of Implementation research has also indicated that the program achieves very high levels of student engagement and student understanding (overall mean average: 4.25 on a 5 point rating scale) across grade 3 to grade 6 classes. 

Formal Proceedings

The Friendship Saver Program has been evaluated under independent research projects at The University of Melbourne. Results to be published soon. 


Each year PhD Candidates from The University Of Melbourne present their research progress at annual conferences within the Psychological Sciences Department.  This conference will be held again in late 2016.  Please send an email to Connie Buckingham if you would like to attend this open conference.

Connie presented at the 2014 No2Bullying Australia and New Zealand Conference at Surfers Paradise.  The podcast can be found at the conference website.

Paper Presented at the 2012 APS Conference.  Paper titles, 'Evaluating the Effectiveness of a Social Information Processing Intervention on the social development of primary school aged girls'. Perth, Australia.

Paper titled 'Bringing the Drama Triangle into the 21st Century' presented at the 20th Annual Transactional Analysis Conference, Perth, Australia (2011).

'The Friendship Saver Program, a brief overview' presented at the Strathmore Australia Psychological Society Peer Support Group, Melbourne Australia (2010).