Cool Kids Anxiety Program for Professionals

Cool Kids Anxiety Program for Professionals

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 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 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

Training and accreditation process

To become an accredited provider, you must firstly undertake training. Training can be completed online or face-to-face.  Online training consists of 12 video modules and practice activities that you can start, pause, or stop at any time. Face-to-face training is held at Macquarie University campus. It takes approximately six hours to complete training. 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

Accreditation takes approximately three hours to complete.

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: 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 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.

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.


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. over 15 staff) that need to be trained and accredited in Cool Kids please contact to discuss your options.


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


Please register to complete training and accreditation:

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 early 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).

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.

Find a Cool Kids provider

Becoming an accredited provider ensures your clients receive treatment the way it was intended, creating better outcomes for your clients and ensuring the ongoing quality of the program.

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