The Cool Kids Program

Cool Kids is a structured, 10 week program that teaches children and their parents how to better manage a child’s anxiety. The program is based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), involves the participation of children and parents, and focuses on teaching practical skills.

Topics covered in the program include:

  • Learning about anxiety
  • Learning to think realistically
  • Parenting an anxious child
  • Facing fears using stepladders and
  • Learning coping skills such as assertiveness or problem solving.

The Cool Kids program was developed by Macquarie University and has been running since 1993. The program has undergone continual scientific evaluation and development to include the latest understanding of anxiety and its treatment. It has been translated into a number of languages and today, is used in clinics, schools and hospitals around the world.

ACAP supervisors are accredited by Macquarie University’s Centre for Emotional Health to use the Cool Kids 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.


The program consists of ten sessions (with the initial eight sessions occurring weekly and the remaining sessions occurring fortnightly) at the ACAP Psychology Clinic, a not-for-profit psychology training clinic located in the Sydney CBD. The Cool Kids program can also be delivered on-site at schools, as an outreach initiative of the ACAP Psychology Clinic.


All facilitators will have completed Cool Kids training, delivered by Macquarie University, and are Registered or Provisionally Registered Psychologists undertaking postgraduate studies at the ACAP Psychology Clinic under the supervision of an endorsed clinical psychologist.


Assessments are free and participants pay a one-off enrolment fee of $40 to cover the costs of materials.


Participants will be evaluated for eligibility through individual clinical interviews and self-report questionnaires.

We accept referrals from parents, teachers and health professionals.

Contact the ACAP Psychology Clinic on 02 8236 8070 or


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