Anxiety prevention and self esteem programs
Kids First is proud to offer Courageous Kids, a program that that helps children to cope with feelings of fear, worry and depression by building resilience and self-esteem.
This 8 week program focuses on giving kids a more positive outlook and a confident future by teaching children to identify their feelings and problem solve through challenging situations.
Each week, small groups of children meet for Courageous Kids' fun and supportive one hour sessions which help them to develop simple and effective strategies to deal with anxiety, stress and change.
Games, role plays, discussions and other engaging activities are all part of the fun and interactive program where children are guided towards improved self-esteem, problem solving, self-expression and relationships with peers and adults
Courageous Kids is best suited to children aged 6-10 and is led by an experienced Child Psychologist. Children are placed with peers of a similar age, with groups of children aged 6-8 and 8-10 usually placed together.
Parents play an important role in supporting their child's recovery from anxiety and are invited to attend the last ten minutes of each Courageous Kids session so that ideas and strategies for home and school can be shared. Detailed resources for children and families are provided each week and a 30 minute consultation with the Child Psychologist is included half way through the term so that parents can discuss their child's specific challenges and progress in private.
What do children think of Courageous Kids?
'Thank you for making me so much more confident and helping me to realise that if I get a headache it doesn't mean that I'm sick, it may just mean that I'm worried about something. Now I feel so cofident and brave and my teacher has seen a huge improvement'
Evie, aged 9
‘I feel much braver now. I have learned that I don’t have to let my worries get me down. There are lots of things I can do to relax and feel better about myself. My teacher says I am doing much better at school and I feel good.’
Sarah, aged 8
Courageous Kids enrolments
Courageous Kids takes place on Friday afternoons at 4.00pm and runs for 8 weeks during school terms.
Courageous Kids is offered as a health service and is eligible for Medicare and health fund rebates.
Preliminary parent interviews and bookings for children joining Courageous Kids in Term 2, 2013 are now available.
Parents and carers seeking to enrol their child in Courageous Kids are required to attend an initial consultation with one of Kids First's Child Psychologists prior to the commencement of Courageous Kids to determine their child's needs and to ensure that this program offers the best clinical options for the child. Kids First's Chld Psychologists reserve the right to recommend an alternate service if, in their professional view, a small group program is not the best clinical option for your child at this time.
Approved Health Funds
Kids First’s busy Child Psychologists maintain full schedules. Advance notice of appointments that you will miss enables us to offer that appointment to another child or family who may have been on our waiting list for some time. Like most other health practices, Kids First charges a cancellation fee for missed Child Psychology sessions where you provide less than 24 hours notice.
Get all of the information you need about Kids First's Cancellation Policy here...