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Date(s) - 15/10/2020
6:00 pm - 7:15 pm


FRIENDS for Life

An Anxiety Prevention Program

for children 10-12 years with mild to moderate anxiety

FRIENDS for Life is an evidence-based prevention program proven to be effective in building emotional resilience and teaching strategies that are practical and useful for coping with times of worry and change. These are important skills that can help children cope with stress which they can use throughout their life.

The FRIENDS program was developed by Dr. Paula Barrett, a clinical child psychologist in Australia and is being used in schools and clinics around the world.  This program helps to normalize the emotional state of anxiety and promotes self-confidence in dealing with difficult or anxiety provoking situations.  It helps children acquire important life skills which include:

Awareness of their feelings

Relaxation skills

Problem-solving skills

Positive coping skills

How to face feared situations gradually

Building peer support

Identifying positive role models

Looking for pleasant events

Positive thinking skills

Use of positive self-talk

Self-rewards for being brave

Evaluation of performance in terms of effort and partial success


Dates:          Thursdays:  October 15, 2020 – December 10, 2020

First Session is parent only

Time:           6:00 pm – 7:15 pm

Location:     Zoom Health Video Conferencing

Cost:            $425.00

Contact:       Family Services Ottawa

For Information and registration call 613-725-3601 ext. 108 or email