Cognitive behavioural therapy-based (CBT) group programs for children and caregivers.

What is FRIENDS Resilience?

FRIENDS Resilience programs are a suite of developmentally sensitive, cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) based programs developed by Dr. Paula Barrett designed to build life-long resilience in children, families, adults, schools, and communities. The World Health Organization has endorsed them as a best practice for the prevention and treatment of anxiety and depression in children while also promoting resilience.

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  • Teach life skills for coping with challenging situations
  • Normalise states of emotional distress
  • Develop self-regulation and self-soothing skills
  • Promote self-confidence and empathy
  • Build positive social networks and identify role models
  • Identify values that will promote positive choices
  • Improve attitudes to learning and academic performance
  • Teach constructive peer relationship skills and reduce bullying
KIDTHINK is pleased to be able to offer children, families, daycares and schools the following FRIENDS Resilience programs and resources. These are typically multi-session group programs delivered over a total of 10-12 hours. For more information about the programs, you can visit the website at

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Schools and Daycares

KIDTHINK welcomes the opportunity to partner with schools and daycares to get this resource, with its general mental health strategies, into the hands of children and their caregivers and teachers. For more information on how we can work together to deliver the program within classroom environments contact us at


Parents and caregivers who are interested in participating in the FRIENDS Resilience program can contact Please note that the group programs are scheduled based on interest.


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