We Help With Anxiety Management
Term Classes begin in Week 2 of each term.
Groups are limited to 5 children. Call 0420 767 922 to book your place.
Everyone experiences anxiety, including children; its normal. Feeling worried and anxious is a way our bodies help keep us safe from danger. When we’re overly worried our thoughts and feelings are not easy to control and everyday challenges are hard to cope with.
Children with “Big Worries” may not understand what they are experiencing and may try to avoid situations that make them feel worse. Big worries affect a child’s thoughts feeling and behavior. This can affect your child’s performance at school, their friendships, and their courage to take small risks, or to extend themselves as they explore and experience their world.
Anxiety is one of the most common concerns facing children today. Anxiety can weave its way into all aspects of a child’s social, emotional and education life but, it can be overcome!
Group based anxiety management programs provide a safe environment where kids can come to realise that their struggles are common; they are not alone. Within the group, children have the opportunity to observe, model and practice behaviours which they can then use in the “real life”.
BaseCamp® is an innovative anxiety program for children aged 7 to 12 years. Developed by Clinical Psychologist, Dr Kathryn Berry, and the Quirky Kid team, it draws on decades of experience, combining a sound theoretical cognitive-behavioural approach with effective, engaging and child-centred activities. BaseCamp® is undergoing rigorous evaluation to support existing qualitative research, which is yielding promising results.
Based in a fictional Australian National Park, Basecamp® takes children on a journey where they explore themed settings, team up with a support crew of experienced guides and interact with park animals, all intended to help them tackle the challenges of managing and overcoming anxiety. The program provides parents and participants with a concise and engaging set of materials to help children and their families build a repertoire of anxiety management skills and to support the development of essential social and emotional learning (SEL) skills.
Base Camp Pack
Children who join the BaseCamp® adventure receive their very own copy of the rich and crafted workbook that has been beautifully produced to engage children, parents and facilitators.
It includes maps, activities and information which are all placed within locations in a fictitious Australian National Park. All activities are designed to teach, model and support children in using specific cognitive-behavioural anxiety-management skills and aim to normalise children’s feelings and experiences.
The program covers:
Understanding Worry, Anxiety, and its components.
Practice cognitive restructuring techniques to develop more realistic and helpful ways of thinking about the situations and events that make them anxious.
Implement guided graded exposure exercises to develop coping strategies and to develop more realistic views about overcoming worries.
Practice relaxation techniques to reduce overall arousal levels and physiological tension typically associated with anxiety.
Learn relapse prevention techniques to consolidate on anxiety-management techniques and learn how to generate an action plan when difficulties are confronted.
The program runs weekly for 8 weeks and includes:
- 8 practical sessions of 1.5 hours
- 2 x 30 minutes parent consultations (phone) before and after the program
- An exclusive workbook featuring interactive activities, facts, fieldwork, and stories.
- Weekly email updates with key program content and suggestions for home and school.
Call 0420 767 922 to enquire or book your place. Programs run from Week 2 of each School Term.
If you would like to learn more please send us a message using the contact form below.
Developing Minds Psychology is currently unable to accept new referrals and the waitlist is closed until further notice.
Phone: 0420 767 922
Address: Unit 10, Trevor Pearcey House
Traeger Court, 28-34 Thynne Street
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