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.
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.
This is course requires the supervision of a parent or carer and a prescription from a clinician.
How Is The Course Structured?
Our online questionnaires help to establish how you are feeling. Results from the questionnaires are then relayed back to your clinician after each lesson.
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.
Download our lesson summaries which have activities for you to practice the skills in your day to day life.
Download worksheets that you can use between lessons to help you practice the skills.
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.
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.