Cool Kids Anxiety Program
About the Cool Kids program
There are a range of different types of anxiety experienced by children and teenagers including finding it difficult to be away from parents, being extremely shy, worrying about what others think of them, avoiding social and school activities (e.g. speaking to people, class presentations) or worrying a lot about everyday matters, potential dangers and the future. Sleep difficulties, headaches, nausea and difficulty breathing can be part of these feelings. Many children experience more than one type of anxiety. To learn more about the different kinds of anxiety, please see our fact sheet.
The Cool Kids Program is a world renowned skills-based program that teaches children (including teenagers) and their parent(s) how to better manage anxiety. The program has been running at Macquarie University since 1993 and numerous research studies have found that most young people who complete our programs show significant improvement. Topics covered in the program include:
- Learning about feelings and anxiety.
- Learning to think realistically.
- Parenting an anxious child.
- Fighting fear by facing fear (stepladders).
- Learning coping skills such as building confidence or problem solving.
To learn more about the Cool Kids Program please see the Cool Kids Flyer.
Cool Kids at Macquarie University
There are three ways in which the Cool Kids program can be accessed at the Centre for Emotional Health Clinic which is located at Macquarie University in North Ryde (Sydney, Australia). These are:
- Through our current research program where the costs of assessment and treatment are subsidised through government funding;
- Through our training subsidised program where the costs of assessment and treatment are subsidised because the session are run by postgraduate provisional psychologists; and
- Through our full fee paying service.
Our current research
Social anxiety disorder is one of the most common and pervasive anxiety disorders. Our current research program focuses on social anxiety disorder, comparing our standard Cool Kids program to a new version of Cool Kids that is specifically developed to target social anxiety. To learn more, watch the video.
For further information on the Cool Kids Social Research Program, please read the Cool Kids Social Flyer.
I’m interested in the research or training option. What do I do now?
We offer the same comprehensive clinical assessment for both the research and training subsidised options. This assessment will determine whether the Cool Kids Program is right for your child. If your child is experiencing social anxiety, you will be offered a place in the research program. If your child is experiencing other types of anxiety you will be offered a place in our training subsidised Cool Kids program. If the assessment indicates that the Cool Kids program is not suitable for your child, we will provide appropriate referrals. The cost of assessment is $180 and the cost of the 10 session Cool Kids program is $550. Please note that the number of places in these programs are limited.
To register your interest complete our online registration form.
Full Fee Service
Alternatively, the Cool Kids program can be delivered by a registered psychologist/clinical psychologist, through our full-fee paying service. This is not part of a research or training program. Further information about costs, Medicare rebates, and other details of this option can be found at Private Individual Therapy.