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Anxiety is a normal part of childhood, however around 12 per cent of children develop a diagnosable disorder, experiencing fear, nervousness, and shyness, and avoiding places and activities.


Research shows that untreated children with anxiety disorders are at higher risk to perform poorly in school and miss out on important social experiences. Accessibility to effective treatment options is a major aspect of combating the prevalence of child anxiety disorder. 


Take Action is an accessible and reliable cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) intervention.

Take Action teaches children aged 4-7 and 8-12 years helpful ways to cope with and manage anxiety. It is an evidence-based intervention combining recent research on threat-based cognitive biases and maladaptive thinking styles in childhood anxiety disorders with the well-established principles of CBT.

Take Action covers the major components of CBT including:

  • psychoeducation

  • somatic management

  • cognitive restructuring

  • exposure therapy

  • problem-solving

  • social skills development

  • strategies for being assertive

  • relapse prevention and maintenance 

The six treatment modules are designed to build upon each other so that children develop an ACTION plan; a coping-oriented acronym used throughout the program that summarises the key skills children learn for taking action against their anxiety. 


  • 6 sessions (one hour each) for a maximum of 6 participants

  • Parent consultation before and after program 

  • Pre and post assessment of anxiety measures

  • A parent and child workbook featuring program content

  • Weekly email updates with outline of each weeks session, your child's home task and recommendations for weekly reading and activities from the parent handbook.

NEXT WORKSHOP: Enquire now for Term 3, 2017


When:  TBC

Dates:  TBC

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