Fun FRIENDS

Fun FRIENDS

A resilience program for children aged 4 – 7 years.

Experiencing difficulties in regulating emotions can affect a child’s learning experience in early schooling. Fun FRIENDS is an evidence-based, interactive, play-based universal program for the prevention and reduction of anxiety. Developed by Professor and Clinical Psychologist, Dr Paula Barrett, Fun FRIENDS is a group program that provides children with fundamental social and emotional skills to nurture their development and help them succeed during these crucial years.

CONCEPTS, SKILLS AND STRATEGIES

Session 1: Getting to know one another, working in groups, feeling confident and learning to be brave, making healthy life choices, identifying happy experiences

Session 2: Understanding and recognising feelings in ourselves and others, making happy feelings grow, empathy training, understanding and accepting differences

Session 3: Understanding body clues, relaxation techniques, mindfulness and attention training, noticing how our thoughts affect our feelings and actions, changing unhelpful to helpful thoughts

Session 4: Understanding qualities of a true friend, practicing friendship skills including helping, sharing and listening, learning how to make new friends, breaking challenging goals down into small steps, learning to be brave and try new things

Session 5: Role models and positive qualities, using support teams, rewarding ourselves when we have tried our best, using interpersonal rewards

OPTION 1: PARALLEL PROGRAM | TERM PROGRAM

Learn the same language, at the same time and strengthen resilience in your whole family.

“We found for our child (5 years) being part of a guided small group on his own really boosted his self-confidence. This and the skill building seems to be helping him interact with others in his class. The parallel parents course is important so the ideas can be transferred into ongoing life at home. We started with a very reluctant child. By week 5 he was keen to come along.”

Family of 4, Mt Helena

Parent Strategies Workshop

We understand that parenting can be stressful at times and changing psychological and physical habits takes time. 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.

The Parent Strategies Workshop takes place during Session 1 and 2 of Fun FRIENDS.

Adult Resilience: Strong not Tough Program

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. The Adult Resilience: Strong not Tough Program is your own personal policy to protect yourself from feeling overwhelming emotional distress, which can affect all areas of your life if not managed.

The Adult Resilience: Strong not Tough Program runs in parallel with Session 3, 4 and 5 of Fun FRIENDS.

How to Enrol

Cost per session: $145.20 per 2.5 hour session for one child and two parents/caregivers plus resources.  The parallel program includes a 3 month+ follow up with parents/caregivers to discuss progress.

Total investment: $792.00 for 5 x 2.5 hour sessions including resources. Medicare or Private Health insurance rebates may apply for your child. A 50% discount applies to the enrolment of a sibling attending the same group.

OPTION 2: CHILD ONLY PROGRAM | SCHOOL HOLIDAY 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. Please note, children are screened for suitability and it may not be appropriate for some children to attend the child only program by themselves.

“Prior to attending this course we were having difficulties with our child that was very moody and displaying aggressive behaviours that are not present in the home. He would often ‘stir the pot’ and cause fights with their sibling, or upset them. Since participating in this course we have a much happier child and very little issues in the home. Seems like they matured overnight! Some very simple concepts, although proving to be very powerful in terms of behaviour change.”

Family of 4, Mt Hawthorn

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.

How to Enrol

Cost per session: $66.00 per 2.5 hour session plus resources. There is no 3 month+ follow up.

Total investment: $352.00 for 5 x 2.5 hour sessions including resources. No further rebates apply.

Fee credit: Resilience Kit strongly encourages parents to learn the skills and strategies to help their child build resilience, prevent and reduce anxiety. If your child attends the child only program by themselves, receive a fee credit of $352.00 to apply against a Term Program to attend together as a family and receive a 3 month+ follow up.