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Cool Kids anxiety group

Cool Kids is an evidence-based treatment program for young people who have anxiety. There are three programs suited to particular age groups, Cool Little Kids (ages 3 to 6 years), Cool Kids (ages 7 to 12 years) and Cool Kids Chilled Anxiety (ages 12 to 17 years). Macquarie University developed the Cool Kids program more than 10 years ago. Research shows that 8 out of 10 children who engaged in the Cool Kids program showed clinically significant improvement.

In the Cool Kids program children actively participate in the group program to learn practical strategies and skills to manage their anxiety. They learn: about feelings and anxiety, how to think more realistically, how to fight fear by facing fear, how to solve problems and how to be assertive. Parents participate in the program by reinforcing the new strategies and skills at home.


Young people aged 3 to 17 with anxiety


School term (starts in Week 1 of school term)


9, 50-minute sessions




50 minutes