Chilled – a cognitive-behavioural intervention program for adolescents with anxiety and their families
Many words can be used to describe anxiety … worry, fear, shyness, freaked out, stressed, scared, embarrassed…
Anxiety is experienced by everyone; however for some people it can interfere with daily functioning and wellbeing.
The Chilled program aims to address concerns with anxiety and provide practical skills to help adolescents manage these feelings.
What is the “Chilled” Program?
- A scientifically tested course that provides adolescents and their parents with clear and practical skills to better manage anxiety.
- Group format involving the participation of adolescents and some sessions with parents.
- Developed at the Centre for Emotional Health, Macquarie University.
Who can do the “Chilled” Program?
Adolescents (aged 13-17) who are currently experiencing symptoms of anxiety.
What topics are covered?
- What and Why?
- Realistic Thinking
- Stepladders – Facing Fear
- Experimenting with Reality
- Problem Solving
- Core Beliefs
- Taking Time to Chill
- Future Plans
Will “Chilled” help?
- Current research demonstrates that around 80% of participants will show significant improvement.
- Improvement in fear, worry and general anxiety levels.
- Improvements in academic success and achievement, confidence, social involvement and participation in other extra-curricular activities.
General program details
- For adolescents aged 13-17 years old
- The program runs for 10 weeks (2 hours each week)
- Groups are held in the evening
- Parents are invited for an informational session
- The cost of the program is $120 per family (standard), $60 (concession).
Northfields Psychology Clinic is a specialist psychology service at the University of Wollongong that is staffed by intern clinicians under the supervision of experienced senior clinical psychologists. Parents concerned about their child can contact the clinic directly on 4221 3747.