Cool Kids/Chilled Program for Anxiety

The Cool Kids Groups for child anxiety have been extensively evaluated by researchers at Macquarie University and worldwide. Typically 8 weeks long, this is a structured, skills-based program for anxiety that teaches children and their parents how to better manage childhood anxiety disorders.

The Cool Kids courses involve the participation of both children and their parents, and focus on teaching clear and practical skills to manage and reduce anxiety. The program has undergone continual scientific evaluation and development to include the latest understanding of anxiety and its treatment.

Most young people who complete the Cool Kids programs show significant improvement. Following treatment, there are marked increases in school attendance, academic achievement, confidence, number of friends and involvement in extra-curricular activities and decreases in worry, shyness, fear and family distress.

Topics covered in the program include:

  • Learning about feelings and anxiety
  • Detective thinking, and learning to think more realistically
  • Ways that parents can help 
  • Fighting fear by facing fear (stepladders)
  • Learning to solve a problem
  • Building assertiveness and dealing with teasing 

 There are different groups available for younger children (Cool Little Kids), primary school children (Cool Kids) and older children (Chilled).

Call Mindworx Psychology on 02 8355 3634 for further information, or to reserve your spot in the next group.

Social skills for children.

This is a 6 weekly, structured, skills-based program that teaches children and their parents how to increase the child's social skills, and improve emotional regulation.

Ideal for children who have trouble making or keeping friends, the courses involves the participation of both children and their parents, and focuses on teaching clear and practical skills to improve the understanding of how to act appropriately, and build the confidence and skills to do so in social situations.

Topics covered in the program include:

  • Identify and learn strategies to manage problem behaviours.
  • Learning about feelings
  • Detective thinking about social situations
  • Ways that parents can help 
  • Strategies for making friends
  • Learning to solve a problem
  • Building assertiveness and dealing with teasing 
  • How to be a good friend.

Call Mindworx Psychology on 02 8355 3634 for further information, or to reserve your spot in the next group.

Changing Paths

This 6-week program is a Clinical Psychology intervention, and teaches adolescents skills to manage low mood, anger and anxiety.

Issues such as peer pressure, academic expectations and changing bodies can bring a lot of ups and downs for teens. But for some teens, the lows are more than just temporary feelings — they're a symptom of depression. Teen depression isn't a weakness or something that can be overcome with willpower — it can have serious consequences and requires long-term treatment.

Specifically written for adolescents experiencing mental ill-health andwho may be struggling with issues such depression and self harm, the course content includes emotional regulation skills and introduces teenagers to many of the skills in DBT and ACT.

Emotional Engineers - Change your life workshop series

Peer pressure, academic expectations and changing bodies can bring a lot of ups and downs for teens. This is a structured, skills based workshop teaching adolescent boys the skills to survive the pressures of friends, schoolwork, family and romantic relationships. Learn practical skills to navigate the changes of adolescence and to build self-esteem.

Please note that this group is part of the performance coaching series. Should your teen be diagnosed with a mental health disorder, we recommend from our Changing Paths 6 week program.

Ready, Set, High School - Change your life workshop series

A structured, skills based workshop teaching the skills to successfully transition to high school. Understand and learn ways to manage the pressures of making new friends, dealing with new situations, navigating an increased workload and time-management skills for success.

Please note that this group is part of our performance coaching series. Should your child be diagnosed with a mental health disorder, we recommend our Changing Paths 6 week program, or individual sessions.

Tween Survival Skills - Change your life workshop series

A structured, skills based program teaching girls aged 8-12 the skills to survive the pressures of friends, schoolwork, family and romantic relationships. Learn practical skills to navigate the changes and demands of adolescence and to build self-esteem in a friendly, fun workshop.

Please note that this group is part of our performance coaching series. Should your child be diagnosed with a mental health disorder, we recommend our Changing Paths 6 week program, or individual sessions.

Calm in the Storm - Change your life workshop

A structured, skills based workshop teaching adolescent girls the skills to survive the pressures of friends, schoolwork, family and romantic relationships. Peer pressure, academic expectations and changing bodies can bring a lot of ups and downs for teenagers. Learn practical skills to navigate the changes and demands of adolescence and to build self-esteem.

Please note that this group is part of the performance coaching series. Should your teen be diagnosed with a mental health disorder, we recommend our Changing Paths 6 week program.