It is important that kids can be kids, however, about one in ten kids have problems associated with ANXIETY which prevents them from doing things they would enjoy or makes them avoid places because they are too scared. Anxiety can cause emotional and behavioural difficulties in children and teenagers, which has an impact on their social, emotional and educational growth.
The Cool Kids program is a 10 session Cognitive Behaviour based therapy group which specifically targets children aged 8 years to 12 years who meet criteria for an Anxiety Disorder or who have high levels of anxious symptoms.
The Hummingbird Centre's Psychologist Madeleine Berryman will be running the kid's group. Maddy is an accredited Cool Kids provider. The children's program allows them to:
- Recognise emotions such as fear, stress and anxiety;
- Challenges their beliefs about those emotions;
- Encourages them to engage in avoided activities in more positive ways;
The Hummingbird Centre's Clinical Psychologist Nimra Bilgrami will be running the parent's group. Nimra is an accredited Cool Kids provider. The parenting sessions are to enable parents to best support their children learn these new skills, to help them practice the new strategies in day-to-day activities. In previous groups parents have reported that they appreciated being able to find others who could relate to their experiences, to know it's not just them and to be able to hear different perspectives.
Knowledge areas covered in the Cool Kids program include:
- Psycho-Education (education about anxiety)
- Identifying Anxiety and Relaxation
- Identifying and Challenging Thoughts
- Facing Your Fears
- Problem Solving
- Managing Bullying
Commencing Term 3, 2022
Thursdays 4pm - 5:30am
Places Limited. A Psychologist will call you to discuss your child's suitability. Please call 0249460919 to register your interest.
$795 inc. tax.
- Initial interview
- 10 child group sessions
- 10 adult group sessions
A Medicare rebate of $22.55 is available per session to any child that holds a valid Mental Health Care Plan (MHCP). This rebate does not affect the number of individual counselling sessions available on the same MHCP.
8 - 12years
Garden Suburb Community Hall
2A Prospect Rd
2 separate groups will run simultaneously, 1 for the parents and 1 for the kids.