The successful Cool Kids Program has been adapted for teens between the ages of about 12-16 years and their parents.
Grounded in a cognitive behavioural approach, it is a family based program that consists of 9 sessions, spread over about 12 – 13 weeks (not including school holidays). Parents learn strategies for parenting their anxious teen and the young people engage in an exploration of ways to conquer their fears and worries through completing a workbook and practising their new skills between sessions. There is also a follow up tenth session, 2-3 months after the last session, to keep everyone motivated to continue the program once regular sessions cease. Usually the program is run with 4 or 5 families, sometimes working in a large group, and sometimes splitting into a parent group and an adolescent group. However, it can also be run with single families if circumstances make that the most appropriate approach.
Topics covered in the program include:
- Understanding anxiety
- Realistic thinking
- Managing emotions
- Problem solving
- Coping strategies
- Maintaining gains
Having seen the life changing gains that many young people have made after completing this program we offer it with confidence in its power to transform the lives of anxious adolescents and their families.