Evidence-Based Coping Skills for Kids, Teens + Parents

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Anxiety is the most common mental health issue in Australia which often emerges in childhood.

When tackling mental health issues such as anxiety, there are generally two approaches.

The first and longest standing approach focuses on treating the anxiety once it has emerged. The second and more recent approach focuses on the area of prevention and early intervention. If we can shift the focus towards an individual’s positive qualities and strengths without the need to diagnose a problem, we have the ability to prevent anxiety in many cases.

Everyone has mental health, just like everyone has health.

When young people are encouraged to develop their self-worth and resilience, they are more likely to become happy and successful people in their later years. Developing resilience can help to prevent and reduce anxiety.

We run group programs for children to prevent and reduce anxiety.

Like many Perth parents, we can sometimes be concerned about the social and emotional wellbeing of our children. We know from research that if a child experiences constant or excessive worry or fear about normal, everyday activities or uncontrollable events, this can affect their learning at school and their quality of life. To help, we run group programs to help children develop social and emotional resilience from an early age.

We run group programs for parents to address childhood challenges.

We are all about building resilience in the family – not just in the child. We run group programs for parents and caregivers to address common childhood challenges and to equip them with skills and strategies to build resilience in their family. The group programs also provide parents and caregivers with the opportunity to ask questions and receive feedback in a safe and supportive environment.

We focus on building resilience in the family.

The success and effectiveness of the Programs is largely dependent on the involvement of the primary caregivers. This is why we deliver the intervention in parallel for the child and their parents/caregivers to strengthen resilience in the whole family. Click here to read how the Programs have already helped many Perth families.

We use evidence-based research.

We are a Licensed Partner of FRIENDS Resilience and are using the 6th Edition of The FRIENDS Programs. The programs develop emotional resilience in children, adolescents and adults using an evidence-based curriculum. The programs were developed by Professor and Clinical Psychologist, Dr Paula Barrett, an internationally recognised groundbreaking researcher in child psychology. Dr Barrett had published widely in the areas of prevention and treatment of anxiety and depression as well as the promotion of resilience through her programs.

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