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Children & Youth

Anxiety & Depression

Cool Kids

Anxiety management program suitable for children aged 8 to 12 years

Cool Kids is a structured skills-based group program that teaches children and their parents how to better manage their anxiety. Current results indicate that most young people who complete this program show significant improvement, there are marked increases in school attendance, academic achievement, confidence, number of friends and involvement in extra-curricular activities and decreases in worry, shyness, fear and family distress. Groups made up of 6 to 8 children.

Topics covered in the program include:

  • What is anxiety?
  • Me and my anxiety
  • Learning about feelings
  • Detective thinking, and learning to think more realistically
  • Fighting fear by facing fear
  • Learning to solve a problem
  • Why be a confident person?
  • Dealing with teasing

Take Action

Anxiety Management & Social Skills Program

Children are taught a range of strategies in the Take Action program via a 6-step ACTION plan.

Each letter in the word ACTION stands for a skill children learn.

This is a program which provides children with clear, practical skills to manage anxiety and improve their social and life skills.

By practising the skills they learn, the participants develop their own action plan to reduce and overcome anxiety.

The FRIENDS Program

Helping Children Reduce Anxiety and Depression

All children experience anxiety and sadness at some point. For some children, however, anxiety and depression can prevent them from enjoying normal life experiences. Children experiencing anxiety or depression may display excess worrying, withdrawal from others, feelings of worthlessness, a loss of sleep and appetite, and the loss of interest or pleasure in enjoyable activities.

FRIENDS is a positive program which teaches children important coping and problem solving skills they can apply to daily living. FRIENDS aims to teach children skills to cope with their worries and feel better about themselves.

FRIENDS helps children recognise different feelings and body cues,

  • learn how to relax and feel good,
  • challenge their negative self-talk,
  • learn to think in helpful ways,
  • cope with difficult situations,
  • reward their positive steps, and practice applying these skills.

Who is FRIENDS suitable for?

FRIENDS is suitable for children aged 9-12 years experiencing anxiety and/or depression.

What does FRIENDS involve?

FRIENDS requires children to attend 9 weekly 1½ -hour sessions with a small group of children.

Parents are invited to attend 2 evening sessions so they can understand their children’s experiences and provide support at home.

Download our Counselling and Psychology programs brochure

How to Access our Services

Locations: Our services are offered at our Learning Centres in Peakhurst, Oatley, Maroubra, Bella Vista and Liverpool and may be provided from schools and early childhood settings.

Days of Operation: Monday to Saturday

Call us on 02 8525 8222 or click on the button below to enquire.