Cool Kids

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Scientific Rating:
Promising Research Evidence
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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 has been rated by the CEBC in the area of: Anxiety Treatment (Child & Adolescent).

Target Population: Children and adolescents suffering anxiety disorders

For children/adolescents ages: 7 – 17

Brief Description

Cool Kids is a program that teaches children and their parents how to better manage the child's anxiety. It can be run either individually or in groups and involves the participation of both children and their parents. The program aims to teach clear and practical skills to both the child and parents. The program is aimed at young people 7-17 years, is fully supported by manuals, and has slightly different versions for children and teenagers. Variations of the program also exist for children with comorbid autism, adolescents with comorbid depression, and for delivery in school settings.

Program Goals:

The goals of Cool Kids are to:

  • 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

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

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