Cool Kids Anxiety Program

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 two 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:

  1. Through our research and training subsidised program where the costs of assessment and treatment are subsidised because the assessment and treatment are run by postgraduate provisional psychologists and involve participation in our research; and
  2. Through our full fee paying service.

I’m interested in the training subsidised option. What do I do now?

You will need to complete a registration form which is reviewed by our clinical team. Where appropriate, the next step is a comprehensive clinical assessment that determines whether the Cool Kids Program is right for your child. If it is 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 $190 and the cost of the 10 session Cool Kids program is $580. Please note that the number of places for subsidised assessments and the Cool Kids program are limited.

October 28 2019 Update: Registrations for the Cool Kids Subsidised Program have closed for 2019. Registrations will reopen in late January 2020. Please check back in January to access the 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.

Content owner: Centre for Emotional Health Last updated: 28 Oct 2019 9:42am

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