Cool Kids Anxiety Program

Programs to help children and their parents to better manage anxiety.

We would like to inform you that the Cool Kids Anxiety Program is at full capacity until term 1 2025. We are sorry for any inconvenience caused.

The Cool Kids program was developed by Macquarie University in 1993 based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Over the past 25 years, it has been translated into several languages and is used in clinics, schools and hospitals worldwide.

The program has undergone continual scientific evaluation and development to include the latest understanding of anxiety and its treatment.

  • Cool Kids for children aged seven to 12 years

Cool Kids Anxiety Program

This 10-week program helps parents of children aged seven to 12 years to better manage anxiety. It involves the participation of children and parents, and focuses on teaching practical skills. The program covers topics including:

  • learning about feelings and anxiety
  • learning to think more realistically
  • parenting an anxious child
  • fighting fear by facing fear
  • coping skills, such as building social confidence and problem-solving.

Most young people who complete the program show significant improvement in fields like increased school attendance, academic achievement, confidence, number of friends and involvement in extra-curricular activities, as well as decreases in worry, shyness, fear and family distress.

The Cool Kids Anxiety Program is delivered face-to-face in weekly small group sessions, with a maximum of 10 children. We can run multiple programs at a time depending on interest, and try to ensure children are grouped with others of a similar age.

Parents will also be invited to attend three parent sessions. Between sessions, children will be asked to practice skills at home and at school.

CRCS employees Dechen Choden and Molly Havyatt are accredited by Macquarie University’s Centre for Emotional Health to use the Cool Kids Anxiety Program. The intellectual property rights, including copyright, in the Program are owned by Macquarie University. Macquarie University does not endorse any particular provider of the program and their other services.

Capital Region Community Services runs Cool Kids through the Bungee program, which is supported by the ACT Health Directorate.


We would like to inform you that the Cool Kids Anxiety Program is at full capacity until term 1 2025.

You can still register your interest in term 1 2025, find out more or discuss the program, please contact the team:

Phone: 02 6264 0200