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Referring to the Cool Kids Group Program

Cool Kids is an evidence-based treatment program for children with anxiety issues in Primary School years 3 - 6.

Both children and their parents participate in a free 8 week program that will help children overcome and manage their anxiety at home and school, and give parents practical strategies to support their children.

Who should I refer to Cool Kids?

Are you seeing anxious children who have significant difficulties with issues relating to anxiety?

Cool Kids may be able to help if they are  experiencing:

  • Separation, self-consciousness or social anxiety / excessive shyness
  • General fears or specific phobias 
  • Self-esteem & confidence issues
  • Poor social skills
  • Worries, avoidance, reassurance seeking
  • School refusal and anxiety related arguments/temper outbursts
  • Perfectionism, complains of headaches, tummy pains or sore legs
  • Sleeping problems (falling asleep) or sleeping in parents’ bed

Eligibility Criteria

  • Child meets the criteria for an anxiety disorder or is experiencing symptoms of anxiety that are interfering in their everyday functioning
  • Child is in primary school years 3-6
  • At least 1 parent / carer is available to attend the group sessions
  • Children must have a Mental Health Treatment Plan.


To refer, phone Nepean Blue Mountains PHN on 1800 223 365 for a Cool Kids Referral Code.

Families must attend an assessment to determine suitability for the group.

Referrals are now closed for 2017. 

For more information contact the ATAPS team on 4708 8100.

Other Referral Options

Please see the Cool Kids referral options flyer (pdf, 399kb) for other supports and referral pathways for anxious children.

These groups are run in partnership with the Hawkesbury District Health Service Community Health Child and Adolescent Counselling Team, the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District’s Community Health Child and Family Counselling Team and Child & Youth Mental Health Services and the Nepean Blue Mountains PHN (ATAPS program).


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