The complete practitioner resource for the Take Action Program a user-friendly cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) treatment program for school and community psychologists who work with anxious children aged 4-12 years. Easy-to-use, flexible, and robustly effective in a clinic or classroom, the program uses recent research on how anxious children interpret ambiguous or mildly aversive situations as more dangerous than non-anxious children. This comprehensive practitioner guide contains all six treatment modules, an assessment module, background and theory, and 124 child and parent handouts which may be photocopied. Clients can be provided with a professional and permanent record of therapy via the handouts and work sheets from the guide being purchased separately as bound booklets with color covers. (see Take Action Child Handout Workbook ISBN 9781922112781, and Take Action Parent Handout Workbook ISBN 9781922112298). For more information about Take Action go to www.takeactionprogram.com
About the Author
Dr. Allison Waters, 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 and a PhD in Clinical Psychology at The University of Queensland, and a Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Waters runs the Childhood Anxiety Disorders Research Program at Griffith University through which more than 450 children have been assessed and treated. She has published over 75 peer-reviewed book chapters and journal articles, and her research is funded by national grant funding organisations. She serves as an Associate Editor of national and international psychology journals, resides on the research advisory committees of local research institutes, and has received several awards in recognition of her research. Dr. Waters supervises the research projects and clinical work of postgraduate students in clinical psychology, and teaches at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels at Griffith University. She maintains a small private practice and is a member of the Australian Psychological Society College of Clinical Psychologists and the Australian Association for Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy.
Dr. Trisha Groth,BPsych(Hons), DPsych(Clin), MAPS, MCCP
Dr. Groth is a clinical psychologist who 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. Dr. Groth has practiced for ten years on the Gold Coast, working with children individually and in groups across a variety of educational, government and community settings. 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.
What People are Saying About This
My son has found his confidence again and learned how to manage his anxiety when it does arise. The Guidance Counsellors at the High School which he started this year have been very impressed with how he has put his action plan to work particularly at the start of the year when he was settling in to a new routine he loves school again and we are very thankful to have our happy and confident little man back. Parent of 12 year old boy attending a clinic group
Every day I see my son becoming more confident when faced with new and challenging tasks or activities. It's been beautiful to watch. Thank you so much to the Take Action program! Parent of 7 year old boy seen individually in private practice
We practice the Take Action strategies all the time now. My daughter loves the deep breathing and strength cards. She is feeling less worried about going to school and she is making more friends. I have seen the "weight of worry" lifted from her shoulders, and she can be a "kid" again. Parent of 8 year old girl seen individually in private practice
My daughter is doing great since undertaking the Take Action program! It is so wonderful seeing her progress. She is thriving in the school setting now. We all have more strategies to assist her in future situations. Parent of 6 year old girl
Liked learning how to take action against my worries, making new friends. I saw I wasn’t the only one who has anxiety and worries. Do classes before or after school so we don’t miss out on things 10 year old child attending school-based group
I liked that it helped me get over my nightmares. 9 year old child attending school-based group
I am more confident when I do exams at school now. I use my strategies of deep breathing and strong thoughts before the exam. I take my strength card in my pocket. The Take Action program has helped me to believe in myself more and face my fears. 12 year old boy seen individually in private practice
I don't worry anymore about my mum being late when she is picking me up from school. I sit and play with my friends. I have more fun now I don't worry as much. I like thinking strong thoughts. 8 year old girl seen individually in private practice
The program is very user-friendly, and I have been able to teach the anxiety management strategies to a number of students already with great success. School psychologist
Children love the sea animals which provide a reference for different emotions. The accompanying parent manual assists parents to better understand and respond to their child's anxiety. For therapists, the program is easy to follow and is easily adaptable to an individual or group format. Third year clinical psychology postgraduate student