Cool Kids training and accreditation
Cool Kids for professionals
In 2016 the Centre for Emotional Health introduced a mandatory training and accreditation process for any professional wishing to run the Cool Kids anxiety program.
The purpose of accreditation is to ensure clients participating in the Cool Kids anxiety program are receiving treatment the way it was intended and the practitioner delivering the program has met a suitable standard of knowledge to ensure the ongoing quality of the program.
To become an accredited provider, a clinician/professional must meet minimum qualifications requirements, complete training and an accreditation process.
About the Cool Kids program
The Cool Kids program has been running at Macquarie University since 1993. It is a structured 10 week program that teaches children (ages 7-17 years) and their parents how to better manage a child’s anxiety. The program is based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), involves the participation of child and parent and focuses on teaching practical skills.
The program has undergone continual scientific evaluation and development to include the latest understanding of anxiety and its treatment. Current results indicate that most young people who complete our programs show significant improvement. Following treatment, 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.
The program can be run with individuals or in a group in a clinical or school setting.
Topics covered in the program include:
- Learning about feelings and anxiety
- Learning to think more realistically
- Parenting an anxious child
- Fighting fear by facing fear (stepladders)
- Learning other coping skills such as building assertiveness or learning to solve problems
Minimum qualification requirements
Any professional wishing to run the Cool Kids program must meet at least one of these qualification requirements:
- at least undergraduate degree in psychology and experience working with youth with anxiety OR
- allied mental health providers (such as social workers and occupational therapists) who are registered under Medicare to deliver psychological therapy services and focussed psychological strategies OR
- school counsellor in a current school counselling role OR
- post graduate qualification relevant to mental health field and experience OR
- registered psychologists or registered mental health professional
Occupational therapists, social workers and special education teachers who do not fall into any of the above categories can become accredited as long as they have an undergraduate degree and show proof of completing a CBT course. You must also have some experience working with youth with anxiety. The following online CBT courses will be suitable to complete prior to registering for the Cool Kids online training:
- CBT Essentials by APT
- CBT by OCTC (the basic modules)
- Fundamentals of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy by APS
- Essentials of CBT by Beck
If a person doesn’t fall into any of these categories and would like to run the program, they are welcome to make a case by outlining their qualifications and experience and a determination about suitability will be made on a case-by-case basis. Please email email@example.com
Training and accreditation process
To become an accredited provider, you must firstly undertake training. Training can be completed online or face-to-face. When registering to complete training you can also select to complete accreditation as part of the same registration. Please read through the options offered carefully to ensure you enrol in the correct class.
Accreditation requires the professional to demonstrate their ability and skill through a series of assessment tasks. The assessment tasks include a multiple choice quiz, two case studies with questions and two video demonstrations of the required skills in action.
If you completed the face-to-face training (between 2010 and 2016), then you have until December 2017 to become accredited. You must still meet minimum qualification requirements and complete the online accreditation tasks.The accreditation tasks can be accessed here: https://openmq.com.au/course/CKAP01 You need to enrol in the 3rd option in the registration area to complete the accreditation only. If you don't meet minimum qualification requirements then please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your options.
The Cool Kids face-to-face training is a 9am to 4pm day (i.e. 7hrs including breaks) and e-training consists of approximately five to six hours of video and activity. For e-training, there are 12 modules in total which you can start, pause or stop at any time.
Depending on how quickly you work through the tasks, accreditation usually takes approximately three hours to complete.You will be given 3 months to complete training and accreditation.
Benefits of accreditation
Accreditation is valid for 5 years and allows the professional to promote themselves as a Cool Kids Accredited provider. Those who successfully attain accreditation will receive an accreditation logo (as show on this page) to use in marketing, and their details will be added to a searchable database of accredited providers. The searchable database will allow the general public to find an accredited Cool Kids provider in their area
If you have any questions about the Cool Kids training, how to become an Accredited Provider our about how to find a Cool Kids Accredited Provider, please contact email@example.com
Program materials and licensing agreement
When you purchase the Cool Kids materials to run the program, you are entering into a Licensing Agreement with Macquarie University. Please read the Licensing Agreement PDF, 524.45 KB carefully to understand the terms and conditions you are agreeing to when using the program. As part of the product purchasing process you must agree to the terms and conditions outlined in the Licensing Agreement.
Cool Kids materials consist of a therapist manual, a parent workbook and child (or teen) workbook which is referred to as a workbook set. You can either purchase a Kit of materials which includes a therapist manual and set of workbooks, or you can buy the therapist manual and workbook sets separately.
The therapist manual you purchase will depend on the setting you work in – either clinical or school. However, the workbook sets are the same for either setting. You can purchase either a child “Cool Kids” workbook set (for ages 7-12 yrs) or a teen “Chilled” workbook set (for ages 12-17yrs).
Each family who undertakes treatment requires their own workbook set. Photocopying of material is not allowed.
You can purchase the Cool Kids materials by visiting our online shop.