Communities for Children Facilitating Partners Evidence-based programme profiles
Middle childhood (6-12 years)
Supporting Families and Parents
Macquarie University Centre for Emotional Health
School-based; community–based; home-based
A cognitive behaviour therapy program that teaches children and their parents how to manage anxiety disorders.
Children and young people aged 7-17 experiencing anxiety disorders, and their parents. Variations of the program for different groups are available including:
Online treatment programs:
For more details about accessing the online programs: https://www.mq.edu.au/about/campus-services-and-facilities/hospital-and-clinics/centre-for-emotional-health-clinic/programs-for-children-and-teenagers
To deliver the program, facilitators must meet the following criteria:
A structured 10 session program run over a minimum of 10 weeks:
To run the program, you must complete training plus an online accreditation process. For more details please see: www.mq.edu.au/coolkids
Face-to-face workshops are conducted twice a year at the Centre for Emotional Health, Sydney. See: https://openmq.com.au/courses/Health
Onsite training can be arranged by contacting: firstname.lastname@example.org
Online training is also available: https://openmq.com.au/course/CKAP01
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 contact email@example.com
Participants are required to have a copy of the Cool Kids Anxiety Program Kit prior to attending training. Before purchasing any materials, check the advice given on the relevant program workshop page.
One-day face-to-face training workshop: $360 standard ($330 early bird).
Online training: $300 standard.
A program kit costs $65 and includes:
Materials can be purchased from the Centre for Emotional Health: https://shop.centreforemotionalhealth.com.au/
|Evaluation and effectiveness|
The program has undergone 2 RCTS and several other evaluations. Children who participate in the program show improvements in school attendance, academic results, confidence, number of friends and involvement in extra-curricular activities, decreases in worry, fear and family distress.
Chalfant, A., & Rapee, R.M. (2007). Treating anxiety disorders in children with high functioning autism spectrum disorders: A controlled trial. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 37, 1842-1857.
Hudson, J., Rapee, R.M., Deveny, C., et al. (2009). Cognitive-behavioral treatment versus an active control for children and adolescents with anxiety disorders: A randomized trial. Child and Adolescent Psychology, 48(5), 533-544.
Lyneham, H., & Rapee, R. M. (2006). Evaluation of therapist-supported parent-implemented CBT for anxiety disorders in rural children. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 44, 1287- 1300.