TeenSTRONG

Course Information

Introduction

Navigating the teenage years means facing many challenges, like dealing with worry and sadness. Whilst it’s normal to feel sad and worried from time to time, sometimes these feelings can stick around for longer than expected and become distressing, uncontrollable, affect everyday life, relationships, health or self-esteem.

To help equip young people (aged 12-17), and their parents, with proven and effective tools to transition into early adulthood, and better cope with these feelings, we have created the TeenSTRONG program. It is based on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), which has a lot of evidence showing it is effective for many people of all ages, including adolescents.

How Does It Work?

The course includes modules for both the parent and their teen, and the parent will need to complete the course registration, as detailed here. Initially, this program must first be prescribed to the parent by a health professional (GP, psychologist, or other mental health professional), so the clinician can supervise the teen’s progress through the course. Once the parent has registered with their email address, they will be asked to enrol their teen using a separate email address.

Teen’s access the course through their own account and parents will have an account to view the course and their own resources.

Who Will Find This Course Useful?

Young people from 12-17 years old who have either:

a) been diagnosed as having anxiety and/or depression and would benefit from treatment, or
b) started to experience worry and/or sadness to the degree that is it troubling them or affecting their life and would benefit from learning strategies to feel better

This program can benefit both young people who have never done CBT before, and young people who have done or are currently doing CBT and would like a refresher of the tools.

Parents or carers of young people will also benefit from information about the CBT tools their child is learning throughout the course as well as practical suggestions for how they can support them.

Young people aged 16-17 years have the option of doing either TeenSTRONG or the Adults Mixed Depression and Anxiety program, if supervised by a clinician.

Course duration

This program is self-paced, but is designed to be completed within 90 days, at most. There are 6 lessons altogether and it is best to complete one lesson every week.

There is also a lockout period of 5 days between each lesson to allow time to practice the skills you have been learning.

How Much Will It Cost?

This course costs A$59 for the web version and 3 months access. That’s less than $5 a week, and if you finish the entire course on time, your access will extend to another 12 months for free.

What type of support will I receive?

The referring clinician will supervise the teen’s progress and wellbeing. We send automated e-mails to help stay on track, move past stuck points, and complete the course within the available timeline. If the young person is having a particularly hard time, we’ll also send automated email notifications about wellbeing to the teen, parent and clinician, so they can receive the support they need.

Please note

This is course requires the supervision of a parent or carer and a prescription from a clinician.

How Is The Course Structured?

Online Questionnaires

Our online questionnaires help to establish how you are feeling. Results from the questionnaires are then relayed back to your clinician after each lesson.

Comic-Based Stories

Our lessons are in a comic based format, where you can follow the journey of characters as they learn practical skills to deal with worry and sadness and apply them in different situations.

Homework

Download our lesson summaries which have activities for you to practice the skills in your day to day life.

Extra Resources

Download worksheets that you can use between lessons to help you practice the skills.

Automated Reminders

We’ll send you reminders when your next lesson becomes available.

Information and Guide for Parents/Carers

For each lesson you do, your parent/carer will read about what you are learning and ideas for how they can support you.

Lesson Information

What lessons will the course cover?

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Lesson 1

Learning About Worry and Sadness – Learn about how worry and sadness affect your thoughts, behaviours and physical symptoms, be introduced to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and think about building your support network.

Lesson 2

Tools for Tackling Unhelpful Thoughts – Learn about the relationship between how you think and how you feel and practice thought challenging strategies to help you think in more realistic and helpful ways.

Lesson 3

Boosting Mood and Facing Fears – Learn about helpful activities you can do to feel brighter and how to confront anxiety provoking situations in a step by step way.

Lesson 4

Assertiveness and Coping with Stressful Situations – – Learn to communicate in a confident and respectful way and learn strategies for dealing with the physical symptoms of anxiety.

Lesson 5

Solving Problems and Dealing With Worries – Learn to reduce stress using problem solving techniques and the different tools you can use when you are worried.

Lesson 6

My Toolbox of Skills and Continuing to Improve – Learn to know when to use different tools at different times and how to stay well and keep feeling better.

Evidence

Outcome

This course was created by qualified health professionals at the Clinical Research Unit for Anxiety and Depression and is based on the most up-to-date CBT research.

How Can I Study?

Supervised – Web only

Web Supervised

  • Desktop Website
  • Supervised
  • Clinician feedback
  • 3 Months Access
  • Available Worldwide
  • $59