Cool Kids Anxiety Program

Cool Kids Anxiety Program

About the Cool Kids program

The Cool Kids program has been running at Macquarie University since 1993. It is a structured 10 session program run over a minimum of 10 weeks 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

The program has been translated into 14 languages and used in 24 countries including Denmark, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Netherlands, Iceland, Turkey, Indonesia and Italy. Research undertaken with some of these populations has proven the efficacy of the program internationally.

Unlike other programs focused on children’s emotional health, the Cool Kids program was the first to involve parents (now a widespread practice). Children who complete the Cool Kids program show positive mental health outcomes and improved quality of life with reduced rates of anxiety. Approximately 60-75% of children who complete Cool Kids are disorder free after treatment.

Cool Kids was the first anxiety program in the world to be delivered to youth in an outreach/distance format. First via telephone delivery and then via CD-Rom to service remote and rural Australians. In 2016 the program was available through internet browsers, and currently provides the world’s first online, comprehensive clinical service for anxious youth.

In Australia, thousands of children have received mental health care through the Cool Kids program. Between 2011 and 2016, the Centre for Emotional Health Clinic at Macquarie University has treated 1250 children and their parents through the Cool Kids program. In addition, thousands more children receive treatment via trained mental health professionals, such as registered psychologists, counsellors, social workers and school counsellors.

Cool Kids for families

If you're seeking treatment for your child for anxiety, the Centre for Emotional Health Clinic offers both face-to-face and online options. For more information about our Cool Kids services, please visit this page.

Find a Cool Kids Accredited Provider

When you engage a Cool Kids Accredited Provider for anxiety treatment you can be assured you are receiving treatment the way it was intended. Accredited providers have met the requirements set by Macquarie University’s Centre for Emotional Health to run the Cool Kids program. Macquarie University does not endorse any particular provider of the program and their other services.

Cool Kids Accredited Providers

Cool Kids for professionals

Cool Kids accreditation logoIn 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 is 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.

Minimum qualification requirements

Any professional wishing to run the Cool Kids program must meet these qualification requirements:

  • 4 year undergraduate or 2 year postgraduate degree in health (psychology, counselling, social work, occupational therapy) or education AND
  • Additional training in cognitive-behavioural therapy (dedicated postgraduate subject, introductory workshop or online training from recognised provider)

For those who have not completed a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) course, the following online options will be suitable to complete prior to registering for the Cool Kids online training:

If a person doesn’t meet the criteria 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 barb.corapi@mq.edu.au

Training and accreditation process

To become an accredited provider, you must firstly undertake training. Training can be completed online or face-to-face.  Face-to-face training is held at Macquarie University campus. When registering to complete training you can 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 professionals to demonstrate their ability and skill through a series of assessment tasks. The assessment tasks include:

  • a multiple choice quiz made up of 20 questions,
  • answering questions around two case studies, and
  • the creation of two videos demonstrating the skills required to run the program

Grandfather clause

If you completed the face-to-face training prior to 2017, you will complete accreditation only and can continue to run the program while you undertake the accreditation process.  You must still meet minimum qualification requirements.The accreditation tasks can be accessed here: https://openmq.com.au/course/CKAP01 You need to enrol in the 2nd option in the registration area to complete the accreditation only.  If you don't meet minimum qualification requirements then please contact barb.corapi@mq.edu.au to discuss your options.

Time commitment

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.

Completion of the accreditation tasks should take approximately 3 hours of your actual time. However, you will need to wait for feedback on your assessment tasks which means that the accreditation process will take a minimum of 6 weeks to complete.

You should be able to complete:

  • Multiple choice in 30 minutes
  • Case studies (set 1) in 1 hour
  • Supervision session in 30 minutes
  • Case studies (set 2) in 1 hour

Feedback on the multiple choice quiz is automated and immediate.

Feedback on the case studies (set 1) takes up to 4 weeks to receive.

Feedback on case studies (set 2) takes 2 weeks to receive.

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.

Cost

The cost to complete etraining is $300 per person, the face-to-face training fee (held at Macquarie University) is $330 per person (early bird) or $360 (standard), the cost to complete accreditation is $300 per person.

If you're from a not-for-profit/community organisation that has a large number of employees (i.e. 15 or more staff) that need to be trained and accredited in Cool Kids we offer a discount. The fee is $500 per head for training and accreditation. A saving of $100.

Questions

If you have any questions about the Cool Kids training and accreditation please see the Frequently Asked Questions section below.

Register

Please register to complete training and accreditation: https://openmq.com.au/course/CKAP01

After reading through the information scroll to the end of the page and selected the "Register now" button for the option that suits your requirements.

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.

A new version of the Cool Kids materials will be released in 2018 and it is advised that those running the program upgrade to the new version when it is available.

You can purchase the Cool Kids materials by visiting our online shop.

For people purchasing from North America (Canada and USA), please visit Caversham Booksellers (located in Canada).

Running Cool Kids as part of a University Placement Program

If you are a supervisor at a university psychology clinic and would like to run Cool Kids as part of your placement program please note that you must be trained and accredited in the Cool Kids program before your students run the program as part of their placement.

If there is more than one supervisor involved in overseeing students running the Cool Kids program, they must all be trained and accredited. We do not accredit organisations, only individuals.

As an accredited supervisor your students will be able to access the Cool Kids online training for free.

Please contact barb.corapi@mq.edu.au for more details.

NESA (NSW Education Standards Authority) Accredited

Completing Cool Kids online or Cool Kids face-to-face training will contribute 6 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing 3.7.2, 6.2.2, 6.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards  for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

Completing Cool Kids accreditation will contribute 3 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing 3.7.2, 4.1.2, 6.2.2, 6.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards  for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

School counsellors/teachers who wish to claim the hours and standards as outlined on the NESA website for the maintenance of their accreditation must provide their NESA ID at registration. Our registration process includes the request for this information. If you don't provide your NESA ID at registration we will not be able to report your attendance which may prevent you from receiving your points.

To claim points associated with the accreditation process, you will need to successfully complete the accreditation process (i.e. all tasks) before we can report your completion to NESA.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Do I have to complete training and accreditation?

A. Yes, if you wish to run the program – you must complete both training and accreditation.

You can complete training only if you want to learn about assessment, treatment and prevention of anxiety in children and adolescents but don’t wish to run the program.

Q. I’ve been running the program for years – why do I need to complete the training and accreditation process?

A. If you’ve completed training in the past you can go straight to accreditation. If you haven’t completed training you must complete both training and accreditation. If you aren't accredited you shouldn't be running the program until you are.

The purpose of training and accreditation is to ensure clients participating in the Cool Kids anxiety program are receiving treatment the way it is intended and the practitioner delivering the program has met a suitable standard of knowledge to ensure the ongoing quality of the program.

Q. Do I need to be accredited if I'm helping to run a group?

A. If you aren't leading any of the sessions or discussing any of the strategies with clients, you do not need to be accredited.

Q. Do I need to be accredited to run Cool Little Kids or Cool Kids ASD?

Currently, you do not need to be accredited to run Cool Little Kids or Cool Kids ASD. However, we will be introducing Cool Little Kids accreditation towards the end of 2018 and at that time anyone wishing to run the Cool Little Kids program will need to complete the training and accreditation process. A date for Cool Kids ASD training and accreditation has not as yet been set.

We highly recommend and encourage anyone wishing to run Cool Little Kids or Cool Kids ASD to complete the Cool Kids training and accreditation process.

The accreditation process for Cool Little Kids and Cool Kids ASD will require the completion of the Cool Kids training first, then moving onto modules that cover the specifics of these programs.

Q. Do you offer discounts?

A. Yes, for not-for-profit groups of more than 15 people, we offer a discount. You can complete the online training and accreditation process for $500 per person – a saving of $100 per person. Contact barb.corapi@mq.edu.au to organise a bulk discount

We offer a student rate for full-time students and a discount for mental health professionals in developing countries.

Q. What is the difference between online training and face-to-face training?

A. The content covered is the same. The difference is that in face-to-face training you have the ability to ask questions and activity tasks are conducted in groups. Face-to-face training also offers the ability to network with other mental health professionals.

Online training offers the opportunity to work at your own pace. To start, stop and pause the content when you’d like.

Q. How long does the whole process take?

A. Training takes approximately 6 hours – this includes completing set practice activities.

Completion of the accreditation tasks should take approximately 3 hours of your actual time. However, you will need to wait for feedback on your assessment tasks which means that the accreditation process will take a minimum of 6 weeks to complete.

If you understand the content, you should be able to complete:

  • Multiple choice in 30 minutes
  • Case studies (set 1) in 1 hour
  • Supervision session in 30 minutes
  • Case studies (set 2) in 1 hour

Feedback on multiple choice quiz is automated and immediate.
Feedback on case studies (set 1) takes up to 4 weeks to receive.
Feedback on video assessment (set 2) takes 2 weeks to receive.

Q. How long do I have access to the Cool Kids training/accreditation system?

A. 12 months.

Q. Can I purchase the Cool Kids materials even if I'm not eligible to run the program?

A. Yes. Anyone can purchase materials. You do not need to be accredited to do so. But, you must be trained and accredited to run the program. To purchase Cool Kids materials: https://shop.centreforemotionalhealth.com.au

Q. When will the 2nd edition of Cool Kids be available for purchase?

A. We are aiming to have the 2nd edition available for purchase by end of 2018.

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