TeenSTRONG

Course Information

Introduction

Worry and sadness are part of being human. We all feel this from time to time, however there are many young people who find worry and/or sadness troubling.

Are you a young person whose worry and/or sadness is:

– intense or distressing?
– overwhelming or feels uncontrollable?
– staying around for longer than expected and its hard to bounce
– get in the way of doing day to day things you need to do?
– affect your friendships, relationships, schooling, health or self esteem?

Some young people may experience worry or sadness only. Others may experience both worry and sadness together.

TeenSTRONG is a program that 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. Our programs have already been shown to be very helpful.
We designed this program to equip young people with strong and proven tools to deal with worry and sadness. These tools can be used for life and are useful for young people as they transition into early adulthood.

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, or 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.

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 7-10 days to allow time to practice between lessons. There is also a lockout period of 5 days between each lesson to allow time to practice the skills you have been learning.

Initially you will be granted 90 days access, and after finishing the program, you will have an extra 12 months access to for practice purposes.

How much will it cost?

The course will be A$59 for three months access.

What type of support will I receive?

You will be supervised by the clinician who referred you to this program. As you work through the program, your clinician will receive updates on your progress and wellbeing. If on some weeks you are having a particularly hard time, both your clinician and parent will be informed so that they can support you in feeling better.

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.

Online Calender

Schedule your next lesson using our online calendar and we’ll send you reminders for your next lesson.

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

Supervised

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