Cool Kids Outreach Program

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Scientific Rating:
Promising Research Evidence
See scale of 1-5
Child Welfare System Relevance Level:
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About This Program

The information in this program outline is provided by the program representative and edited by the CEBC staff. Cool Kids Outreach Program has been rated by the CEBC in the area of: Anxiety Treatment (Child & Adolescent).

Target Population: Children and adolescents suffering anxiety disorders who are unable to attend standard clinical practice

For children/adolescents ages: 7 – 17

Brief Description

Cool Kids Outreach Program is a version of Cool Kids, a program that teaches children and their parents how to better manage the child's anxiety. The program aims to teach clear and practical skills to both the child and parents. The program is supported by manuals and has slightly different versions for children (7-12) and teenagers (13-17). The outreach version is designed to be conducted without any face-to-face contact between client and therapist. For younger children, parents act as the “therapist” and receive detailed instructions to help their child. For teenagers, the young person receives detailed instructions and parents are encouraged to participate as a support.

Program Goals:

The goals of the Cool Kids Outreach Program are:

  • Reduce the symptoms and amount of life interference caused by anxiety
  • Reduce avoidance
  • Reduce family distress
  • Increase confidence
  • Improve peer relationships
  • Increase engagement in extra-curricular activities

Contact Information

Ronald M. Rapee, PhD
Agency/Affiliation: Macquarie University
Department: Centre for Emotional Health

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: August 2016

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: April 2016

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: April 2011