This workbook is part of the Take Action Program and is to be used only in conjunction with the Take Action Practitioner Guidebook (ISBN 9781922117274). The Take Action Program is a user-friendly cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) program designed for or mental health and educational professionals trained in CBT who work with anxious children. Take Action teaches children aged 4-12 years helpful ways to cope with and manage anxiety. It is an evidence-based intervention combining recent research on threat-based cognitive biases and maladaptive thinking styles in childhood anxiety disorders with the well-established principles of CBT. This workbook provides all 40 Parent handouts and work sheets from the Take Action program bound and numbered in a 44-page color large sized book with contents page. For more information about Take Action go to www.takeactionprogram.com
About the Author
Dr Allison Waters
Associate Professor and Clinical Psychologist
BSS(Psych), BA(Hons), PhD(Clin), MAPS, MCCP
Dr Waters is Associate Professor in Clinical Psychology at Griffith University. She completed a Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) at The Queensland University of Technology, a Bachelor of Arts (with first class honours) and her PhD in Clinical Psychology at The University of Queensland in 2002. She also completed a Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship at the University of California, Los Angeles between 2002 and 2004 prior to commencing at Griffith University in 2004. Dr Waters is the Director of the Childhood Anxiety Disorders Research Program at Griffith University through which more than 450 anxious children have been assessed and treated using the Take Action group program. Her research focuses on the cognitive-neuroscience of childhood anxiety disorders and translating these research findings into clinical practice using current generation treatments and novel interventions. She has published over 60 peer-reviewed book chapters and journal articles in this area, and her research is funded by the Australian Research Council, the National Health and Medical Research Council, the Financial Markets for Children, Australian Rotary Health, Queensland Health and Griffith University. She supervises the research projects of PhD, Doctorate, Masters and Honours level students, teaches at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels in clinical psychology, and supervises the clinical work of postgraduate students on clinical placement at Griffith University. She is Associated Editor of the Australian Journal of Psychology and also of Psychopathology Review. Dr Waters also resides on the Research Advisory Committee of the Queensland Children’s Medical Research Institute. The quality of her research is recognised through an Australian Psychological Society Early Researcher Career Award, Griffith Health Institute Research Awards, and keynote addresses at national conferences. In addition to her research and academic roles, Dr Waters has a small private practice through her partnership with Dr Groth. She is a member of the Australian Psychological Society College of Clinical Psychologists and the Australian Association for Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy.
Dr Trisha Groth
BPsych(Hons), DPsych(Clin), MAPS, MCCP
Dr Groth specialises in the assessment and treatment of anxiety disorders in children and adolescents. She received First Class Honours in Psychology at Griffith University in 2002. She completed her Doctorate of Clinical Psychology at Griffith University in 2006. Together with Dr Allison Waters, she developed the Take Action Program. Dr Groth has practiced for nine years on the Gold Coast, working with children individually and in groups across a variety of university, government and community settings. Through her partnership with Dr Waters, she is the Clinic Director of Take Action Psychology on the Gold Coast. She primarily works with children experiencing separation or generalised anxiety, social worries, and specific fears/phobias. She provides individual and group treatment to children, adolescents and their families. Dr Groth is a member of the Australian Psychological Society College of Clinical Psychologists, and the Australian Association for Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy.
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Take Action is a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) program specifically developed with the following goals in mind:
(a) To optimise treatment outcomes through the integration of findings from recent research on the threat-based cognitive biases and maladaptive thinking styles associated with anxiety disorders in children.
(b) To provide an evidence-based cognitive-behavioural treatment program for anxious children that is practitioner-friendly.
(c) To provide a program that can be delivered in a flexible, adaptable way to suit the setting in which it is being delivered and the individual needs of children receiving treatment.
The program consists of six treatment modules for children with supporting information guidelines for parents, and one assessment module. Each session lasts approximately 1 hour. The program covers the major components of CBT including psychoeducation, somatic management, cognitive restructuring, and exposure therapy, as well as problem-solving, social skills development, strategies for being assertive, and relapse prevention and maintenance. The program can be delivered in a group or individual format for children between 4 and 12 years of age, and includes this comprehensive practitioner manual outlining how to run the child and parent sessions as well as individual handouts for children and parents. More than 450 children have completed Take Action since 2004 with research results showing that between 60–80% of children are no longer meeting criteria for their main anxiety disorder at the end of a group program.
In school settings, Take Action has also been used in a flexible format by registered psychologists and school guidance counsellors who identify children in need of treatment. The program is adapted by the guidance counsellors and psychologists as deemed necessary to meet the needs of the children referred for treatment within each school. For example it might entail reducing the number of sessions to fit within the school term, combining parent- and child-sessions or sending parent-handouts home with children for parents who work and are unable to attend the sessions. The program has also been delivered classroom-wide by trained psychologists, where high levels of anxiety among children have been identified by guidance counsellors.
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.