FRIENDS for Life:
A Resilience Program for Children Aged 8 – 10 years
Constant or excessive worry or fear about normal everyday activities or uncontrollable events can affect your child’s learning. FRIENDS for Life is an evidence-based, interactive universal program for the prevention and reduction of anxiety. Developed by Professor and Clinical Psychologist, Dr Paula Barrett, FRIENDS for Life is a widely researched program designed to inspire confidence in children and boost their social and emotional intelligence – key predictors of academic outcomes and school success.
CONCEPTS, SKILLS AND STRATEGIES
Session 1: Working in groups, understanding and accepting our similarities and differences, identifying happy experiences, gaining self-awareness, importance of showing our feelings, recognising and responding to our own and other people’s feelings, empathy training
Session 2: Listening to body clues to understand feelings, exploring methods of relaxation, the importance of rest and quiet time, how to feel good and help others, mindfulness and attention training, understanding how our thoughts affect our feelings and behaviour
Session 3: Challenging or replacing unhelpful thoughts, thinking in positive helpful ways, exploring ways to cope with difficult or challenging situations, practice coping step plans
Session 4: Understanding the qualities of a true friend, establishing value based role models and support teams, understanding the importance of role models and support teams in helping to overcome challenges, step plan for solving problems, brainstorming solutions and consider long term consequences
Session 5: Thinking like a winner, staying calm and talking to supports, preparing for future challenges, sharing positives, practicing our praising
OPTION 1: PARALLEL PROGRAM
Learn the same language, at the same time and strengthen resilience in your whole family.
“This journey together as a family has been both a bonding and positive experience – a shared growth together. Our child has been equipped with skills that has enabled her to identify her feelings and the power to be proactive in how she deals with them. She has openly discussed what has occurred in the program without being prompted and has enjoyed the ritual of the program on a Saturday. I am very confident that skills learned in the program will be referred to in the future.”
Family of 4, Leeming
We can only improve when we are aware of and acknowledge that something needs our attention or that changing a current behaviour will enhance our life positively.
We understand that parenting can be stressful at times and changing psychological and physical habits takes time. So that everyone in the family is on the same page, we suggest that social and emotional skills taught to your child in Fun FRIENDS is also practiced by all members of the family, across most areas.
The Parent Strategies Workshop addresses common childhood challenges and how to build resilience in the family. Parents/caregivers also have the opportunity to ask questions and receive feedback.
Resilient people are more capable of dealing with stress, achieving goals and controlling anxiety. They have the ability to think positively about themselves, the world and others even when times are tough.
Adult Resilience: Strong not Tough is an interactive evidence-based program that gives adults and young people the skills to cope effectively with the many challenging situations we all encounter throughout our lives. Adult Resilience: Strong not Tough is your own personal policy to protect yourself from feeling overwhelming emotional distress, which can affect all areas of your life if not managed.
To download the Adult Resilience: Strong not Tough Program information sheet, CLICK HERE
OPTION 1: COST OF THE PARALLEL PROGRAM
OPTION 2: CHILD ONLY PROGRAM
Build resilience in your child.
This option may be suitable for parents/caregivers who cannot attend due to other commitments or their budget, but would like their child to build resilience and learn to prevent and reduce anxiety.
“My girls have found the program beneficial to learning skills to regulate their emotions. The strategies used in the course will be able to be used throughout the years. I have seen their emotional confidence develop over the last week. Thank you.”
Family of 3, Landsdale
OPTION 2: COST OF THE CHILD ONLY PROGRAM