I still think about using my Take Action strategies at school. I am so busy playing with my friends now, the lunchtimes go really quickly. I read my strength cards on the bus to remind me of my strategies on the way to camp. — 8 year old boy
Now used in over 300 health clinics, practices, and schools around Australia.
Of the estimated 1.3 million adult Australians will suffer from an anxiety disorder this year, about half are likely to have experienced their first symptoms while still at primary school.
While anxiety is a normal part of childhood, around 12 per cent of children develop a diagnosable disorder, experiencing fear, nervousness, and shyness, and avoiding places and activities.
Without treatment these children are at higher risk to perform poorly in school, miss out on important social experiences, and experience physical complaints such as sleeplessness, diarrhoea, stomach aches and headaches.
While resiliency building and anti-bullying programs help with prevention they do little to reduce the emotional and behavioural stress of children with an identified anxiety disorder.
Untreated childhood anxiety disorder can lead to depression and dangerous self-harming behaviour.
Years of psychological research tells us that a short cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) program helps anxious children cope better both socially and scholastically as well as avoid a possible lifetime of debilitating emotional distress.
However, some school-based cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) programs can cost thousands of dollars in accreditation fees and teacher training and take up substantial classroom time.
The Take Action program, targeted toward children aged 4-7 and 8-12 years, was developed with these constraints in mind.
Take Action provides community-based and school psychologists as well as other CBT practitioners with easy-to-use module-based instructions and materials in an $85 manual to conduct a range of treatment approaches from individual anxiety management skills training to a complete 10-week group therapy program.
Take Action has an extensive 10-year research and validation background and combines recent research on threat-based cognitive biases and maladaptive thinking styles in childhood anxiety disorders with the well-established principles of CBT.
The program materials are designed and produced by leading psychology publisher Australian Academic Press, who has been providing quality evidence-based mental health interventions, including the former FRIENDS program, since 1987.
The benefits of Take Action include: