Cool Kids Anxiety Program
The Cool Kids Anxiety 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 can be run with individuals or in a group, in a clinical or school setting and involves participation of child and parent. For teens the program is nicknamed Chilled.
The Cool Kids Anxiety Program is based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), with a focus 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.
Professional Course: eTraining and Accreditation
Professionals can be trained to deliver the Cool Kids Anxiety Program through our eTraining and Accreditation offering. Our eTraining course runs 24/7, can be started at any time after enrolment and is self-paced. Please review information on this page about the Program, the course, and the qualifications required to further enrol in our Accreditation course to become an Accredited Provider.
More about the program
Topics covered within the Cool Kids Anxiety 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 social confidence 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 2015 and 2019, the Centre for Emotional Health Clinic at Macquarie University has treated more than 1500 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 in Sydney 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 Anxiety Program. Macquarie University does not endorse any particular provider of the program and their other services.
Worksheets for Cool Kids and Chilled 2nd Edition
This section is for those families who own a copy of the Cool Kids Anxiety Program 2nd Edition workbooks (i.e. the parent, child or teen "Chilled" workbooks).
Each of the links below contains a worksheet from the Cool Kids or Chilled 2nd Edition Workbooks (Standard Program). These files may only be downloaded and printed for practice tasks by families who own a copy of the program.
Cool Kids 2nd Edition Child Workbook
Chilled 2nd Edition Teen Workbook
Cool Kids Chilled 2nd Edition Parent Workbook
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 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 either the eTraining course or one-day workshop and successfully complete our accreditation process.
Minimum qualification requirements
Any professional wishing to run the Cool Kids Anxiety 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 Anxiety Program training:
- CBT Essentials by APT
- CBT by OCTC (the basic modules)
- Principles and Practice of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy by APS
- Essentials of CBT: The Beck Approach by Beck
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Training and accreditation process
To become an accredited provider, you must firstly undertake training. Training can be completed online or through a face-to-face workshop. 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 of 20 questions,
- answering questions around two case studies (set 1),
- a 30 minute session with our supervisor to receive feedback on your case studies, and
- another two case studies (set 2) with questions.
If you completed the face-to-face training prior to 2017, and you meet the minimum qualification requirements, you will be able to complete the accreditation course and can continue to run the program while you undertake the accreditation process. For more information about the accreditation course, please click here. If you don't meet minimum qualification requirements then please contact email@example.com to discuss your options.
The Cool Kids face-to-face training is a 9.30am to 4.30pm one-day workshop (i.e. 7hrs including breaks). The eTraining consists of approximately five to six hours of video and activity. For eTraining, 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 can take approximately 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 3 weeks to receive.
Booking a date for your 30 minute supervision appointment is easy but depending on availability of sessions it may be 1-2 weeks from booking the date to having your supervision appointment.
Feedback on case studies (set 2) takes approximately 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 shown 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 a Cool Kids Accredited Provider in their area.
Training Costs: The cost to complete eTraining is $300 per person, the face-to-face training fee (held at Macquarie University) is $430 per person (early bird) or $490 (standard), the cost to complete accreditation is $300 per person.
Materials Costs: If you participate in the face-to-face workshop training on campus, the cost of the materials (the Cool Kids Anxiety Program) is included in your workshop fee. If you are undertaking the eTraining course, you must purchase the materials separately. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
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 the Cool Kids Anxiety Program we offer a discount. The fee is $500 per head for training and accreditation. A saving of $100 per person. This does not include the cost of the materials which you will be required to purchase separately.
If you have any questions about the Cool Kids training and accreditation process please see the Frequently Asked Questions section below or contact email@example.com for clarification.
Please register to complete the eTraining or Accreditation course through the following URL:
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 Anxiety Program materials to run the program, you are entering into a Licensing Agreement with Macquarie University. Please read the Licensing Agreement 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, including the purchase of the Cool Kids Anxiety Program 2nd Edition Kit.
The kit includes the Therapist Manual, a Parent Workbook, a Child Workbook and a Teen Workbook.
The 2nd Edition Therapist Manual covers both clinical and school (community) settings and covers the full age spectrum. The workbook sets can be purchased either as a child “Cool Kids” workbook set (for ages 7-12 yrs) or a teen “Chilled” workbook set (for ages 12-17yrs). The 2nd Edition Parent Workbook covers the full age spectrum.
Each family who undertakes treatment requires their own workbook set. Photocopying of material is not allowed.
You can purchase the Cool Kids Anxiety Program materials by visiting our online shop.
For purchases from North America (Canada and USA), please visit Caversham Booksellers (located in Canada).
For our New Zealand customers, please visit Excel Digital (located in Wellington) to order your required materials.
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 the Cool Kids Anxiety Program as part of your placement program please note that you must be trained and accredited in the Cool Kids Anxiety 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 Anxiety 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 eTraining for free.
Supervisors will need to purchase the full Cool Kids Anxiety Program kit, and each student will be required to purchase their own Therapy manual when delivering the program. The workbooks for child, teen and parent are required to be purchased by the client. Photocopying of the materials is strictly prohibited as these are copyrighted.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) media release 29/11/2020
We have been informed by NESA they are undertaking a review of their professional development criteria for teachers. We will confirm what the new policy will be once this has been communicated to Macquarie University. We expect to learn more end-January 2021. For further information, please go to:
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Do I have to complete training and accreditation?
A. Yes, if you wish to run the program – you must successfully complete both training and accreditation.
You can complete the training course component as a stand-alone course if you want to learn about assessment, treatment and prevention of anxiety in children and adolescents. However, in completing just the training you are not permitted 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, and meet our pre-requisite criteria for accreditation, you can go straight to accreditation. You will be required to provide us with the date of your past training and supply evidence of meeting our pre-requisites. Should you be unable to locate this information, please email email@example.com for further assistance. If you haven’t undertaken any Cool Kids training you must complete both training and accreditation.
Please note: 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. You are expected to have gone through the training to understand the program.
Q. Do I need to be accredited to run Cool Little Kids or Cool Kids ASD?
In late 2020 we will be introducing our Cool Little Kids training and accreditation process. Anyone wishing to run the Cool Little Kids program will first need to complete the Cool Kids training and accreditation process, then complete the modules that cover the specifics of the Cool Little Kids program.
A date for Cool Kids ASD training and accreditation has not as yet been set. Should you wish to run the Cool Kids ASD program it is expected that you will have first completed the Cool Kids training and accreditation process.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 eTraining 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.
Our eTraining course option 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 3 weeks to receive.
Supervision session can take up to 2 weeks to book.
Feedback on case studies (set 2) takes 2 weeks to receive.
Q. How long do I have access to the Cool Kids eTraining and 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. I am with AHPRA, can I claim CPD hours?
A. The CEH do not report CPD hours achieved directly to AHPRA, however you may be able to self-identify your CPD hours from completing the Cool Kids courses.
Content owner: Centre for Emotional Health Last updated: 19 Jan 2021 11:59am