The Cool Kids program is a highly effective treatment 10 week program for anxious children, aged 7-12 years. The group is small in size (6-8), so that individual needs can be more easily addressed. Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder and phobias are treated. The program uses a Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy approach, which teaches core skills to manage and reduce anxiety. Core skills include identifying anxious thoughts, feelings, and behaviours, exploring more realistic thinking, and gradually facing fears. Additional skills taught are problem-solving, assertiveness, and relaxation. Practice tasks between sessions are an important feature in order to help solidify change.
A key component in the treatment is the inclusion of a parent group. Parents learn how to support their child in acquiring the new skills, and to explore alternative ways to interact differently with their child. Parents and children meet in separate groups.
FALL SESSION 2106
When: Saturday, October 8, 2016, and runs once a week until December 10, 2016.
Time: 10.30 - 11.30 a.m.
Where: The Common Roof, 165 Ferris Lane, Barrie (parking is free)
Cost: $40 per child per session; $40 per parent per session. The Cool Kids workbooks for each child and parent are included in the cost. The cost may be covered by Extended Health Care benefits. Please check with your insurance company.
Facilitators: Dr. Dianne Maing, Psychologist, and Sharon L. Van Noort
Registration: Open. Spaces are limited. A free information session for parents will be held Saturday, September 24 from 10.30 - 11.30 at 165 Ferris Lane, Barrie.
Cool Kids Program for Anxiety
Cool Kids Adolescent Program for Anxiety & Depression
This program is for teenagers (ages 13-18 years) who are experiencing anxiety and depression. The program employs a CBT approach to teach adolescents anxiety management strategies and address depressive thoughts and behaviours. Adolescents explore their core beliefs, examine more realistic ways of thinking, learn how to manage their emotions, and face their fears. Parents are involved in a supportive role.
WINTER SESSION 2017
The next session begins in January 2017. Registration will open in November 2016. However, interested parents or adolescents are encouraged to contact Dr. Maing for further information in the event that individual therapy is sought before the next group session begins.