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Cool Kids Workshop 20 September 2019

Cool Kids Anxiety Program for Professionals

Please email if you require any further assistance for this workshop.

Presented By: Doctor Lauren McLellan

This workshop focuses on assessment, treatment and prevention of anxiety in children and adolescents. The Cool Kids Anxiety Program has a cognitive behavioural orientation, is designed to train children, adolescents and their families in anxiety management skills and can be used in both community and school settings.

The workshop provides general information on anxiety disorders including diagnostic criteria and assessment techniques, an overview of current research findings on factors that maintain anxiety and how this links with treatment approaches, and specific training on how to run the Cool Kids Anxiety program, either within a school, clinical or community setting.

Who Should Attend

This workshop is open to school counsellors and teachers in a wellbeing/mental health support role (e.g. pastoral care teacher), psychologists and clinical psychologists, and other mental health workers with relevant qualifications and experience.

It is designed for individuals who have not had extensive experience working with anxiety in children or adolescents, those who have not previously used the Cool Kids Program, and those who want a refresher on appropriate evidence-based practice for the target population.


Doctor McLellan is the Director of Online Programs at the Centre for Emotional Health. She is a clinical psychologist and early career researcher with expertise and special interest in understanding and effectively treating anxiety in youth. Her research focus is to use technology to increase access to effective treatments for anxious youth, especially for those in rural and remote communities.

Instructional Method

Lecture, interactive discussion and skill application.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Select appropriate assessment techniques to assess for anxiety.
  2. Understand the cognitive behavioural model of anxiety in children and adolescents.
  3. Understand the core components of treatment for anxiety in this population and how each link to the factors than maintain anxiety disorders.
  4. Implement the Cool Kids Anxiety Program with children, adolescents and their families within a school, clinical or community setting.

Workshop Times

Registration: 8:30am to 9:00am
Workshop: 9:00am to 4:00pm

Workshop Fees

Early Bird: $330 (until 13 September 2019)
Standard: $390 (for registrations from 14 September 2019)
Student Concession: $230

Registration Closes 16 September 2019.


Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided.

Workshop Materials

All participants of this workshop will need the Cool Kids Anxiety Program kit and the Cool Kids Adolescent Anxiety Program kit for reference throughout the workshop. Each kit includes a therapist manual, a child and a parent workbook.

Please visit the Centre for Emotional Health online bookshop to place your order with your delivery instructions. The kits are available for a school setting or a clinical setting.

Certificate Of Attendance

In order to receive a certificate of attendance for the workshop you must attend the full day.

Workshop Location

Seminar Room 1.601, Australian Hearing Hub, 16 University Avenue, Macquarie University, NSW 2103.

Getting To Macquarie University

Macquarie University is 27km (approx. 40 min drive) from Sydney Airport and is easily accessible by car, train and bus. The Macquarie University train station on the Sydney Metro Northwest line.

Parking Options

Macquarie University has several campus carparks that can be paid either using a ticket machine (charged by the hour) or PAYG online via the CellOpark app (charged by the minute). Learn more about visitor parking options here.

Alternatively, free street parking is available on Culloden Road or Waterloo Road, (Macquarie University side).


Local accommodation within walking distance to the venue includes the following:

Cancellation Policy

  1. A 20% cancellation fee will be charged for written cancellations received before 16 August 2019.
  2. No refund is available after the registration deadline of 13 September 2019, however a substitution is permitted (i.e. another person may attend in your absence).
  3. If there are extenuating circumstances preventing your attendance, please contact the CEH via