Faculty of Health

That's cool - Psychology Clinic running childhood anxiety programs

The University Psychology Clinic is running Cool Little Kids® and Cool Kids®group childhood anxiety prevention and management group programs in Semester 2. The groups are evidence-based programs developed by researchers at the Centre for Emotional Health at Macquarie University.

Cool Little Kids® is a six-week anxiety prevention program for parents of children aged 3 - 7 years. It is not a clinical treatment program but a preventative program, teaching parents how to manage early signs of anxiety such as shyness, fearful or withdrawn behaviour and difficulties separating from caregivers.

The Cool Kids®program is run over 10 weeks and is for children aged 7-12 years to attend with their parents. The program utilises a cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) approach to teach parents and children better ways to manage anxiety.

Clinic Manager Dr Tracey Dean said that students in the postgraduate clinical psychology course have delivered the groups for more than five years with positive outcomes reported by parents and children. “Families learn about feelings and anxiety; children learn new skills to help them face their fears while parents learn ways to assist their child practise these skills.”

The University Psychology Clinic is located on the Sandy Bay Campus and has provided evidence-based assessment and therapy services to the community for more than 30 years. Postgraduate clinical psychology students staff the clinic and are overseen by experienced clinical psychologists with Psychology Board of Australia supervisor status.

University staff and students are eligible to register for group programs. However, individual assessment and therapy services are not available for staff or their children. Please see the University website for details of alternate staff services.

Registrations close 14 July, 2017.

More details about the clinic can be found online at www.utas.edu.au/psychology-clinic or by emailing psy.clinic@utas.edu.au or phoning 6226 2805.