Child Psychology Clinic Illawong  + 61 2 9541 1177

Child Psychology Clinic Westmead  + 61 2 9541 1177

Group Based Therapy

At Azza's Child Psychology Clinic we believe that skills that are needed to deal with difficulties that children go through are sometimes best learnt through interactions, and communications with other kids.

A little bit on our group programs... 

  • We use evidence based group programs focusing on skills building 
  • We match individuals to the appropriate group depending on age & developmental level

  • We run groups for both school aged children and adolescents

  • We run groups during school term and school holidays

If any of the groups listed below sound suitable for your child, please click on the tab below to fill out your details and indicate which current/future group you would like to enroll your child in.

Please note that for New clients, it is essential that we meet with you and your child prior to enrolling your child into a group to ensure that we have matched your child to the most suitable group.

  • Cool Kids Program

    Cool Kids Program - Group TherapyWHAT IS THIS PROGRAM ABOUT?

    The Cool Kids Program is an extensively researched program developed by Macquarie University in the 1990's to assist children in overcoming their anxiety. Since then, the program has undergone many reviews and advancements. Both children and their parents are expected to be involved in the program to ensure that skills taught in sessions are generalised in different contexts via teaching clear and practice skills.

    WHO WOULD BENEFIT FROM THIS PROGRAM?

    The program is very well researched and highly effective in assisting children presenting with all types of anxiety including; having exessive worries (generalised), specific worries (phobias), excessive shyness (social anxiety), fears of separation (separation anxiety), suffering from panic attacks or obessive compulsive symptoms.

    Cool Kids Program Aims to Help Anxious Children

    WHAT DOES THIS PROGRAM AIM TO TEACH?

    The Cool Kids Program aims to help anxious children:

    • Recognise and understand emotions such as fear, stress and anxiety;
    • Identify and challenge unhelpful thoughts and thinking patterns
    • Learn effective strategies to challenge their worries and reduce their anxiety; and
    • Utilize step ladders to gradually engage with feared situations.
    • Recognise unhelpful coping strategies
    • Develop adaptive coping strategies
    • Build Assertiveness and Deal with Teasing
    • What is the benefit of attending a group?Cool Little Kids Logo

    It can be isolating for some children experiencing anxiety and thus many kids who attend the group program are able to meet up withchildren with similar presenting symptoms. This creates a supporting and understanding envrionment for these children and their families and reassures them that they are not alone.

    At Azza's clinic, we are recognised for assisting children and adolescents with excessive worries and anxiety issues that hinders their performance or interferes with their everyday functioning...

    The following provides some information about the group progam

    WHO FACILITATES THE GROUP?  Therapist with Assistants
    HOW LONG IS THE PROGRAM? Weekly/ Intensive 
    COST & REBATES MHCP/ NDIS
    DAYS School Holidays
    AGE RANGE 7-12 OR 12-17

  • Secret Agent Society (SAS)

    Secret Agent Society Family KitSecret Agent Society LogoSecret Agent Society - SAS Program

    WHAT IS THIS PROGRAM ABOUT?

    The Secret Agent Society (SAS) is an evidence based social skills program for 8-12 year old children with social and emotional difficulties. These may include children with high functioning Autism Spectrum presentation, children with poor emotional regulation, and children who lack social understanding of others and/or resilience. 

    The SAS program was created by Australian Clinical Psychologist Dr. Renae Beaumont out of the University of Queensland and is distributed by the Social Skills Training Institute, a subsidiary of the Cooperative Research Centre for Living with Autism. Its effectiveness is repeatedly demonstrated in multiple research evaluations. SAS has been shown to improve the socio-emotional skills of children with and without Autism Spectrum conditions including Asperger's in clinical and school settings. The program is used across a range of children with social and emotional difficulties (e.g. developmental delays, ADHD, Social communication issues etc.).

    WHO WOULD BENEFIT FROM THIS PROGRAM?

    The program is suited for children between the ages of 8 and 12 years old (both boys and girls) who are experiencing significant difficulties in their social skills development and in regulation their emotions. The program is also designed to assist kids who in addition to these difficulites also struggle in problem solving and dealing with teasing. 

    The program is very interactive and captivates children with its espionage-themed games and activities and eye catching resources. Children enjoy playing the games including the milti-level computer game and other exciting acitivities within the group. 

    WHAT DOES THE PROGRAM AIM TO TEACH?

    While children are having fun, this program creates an interactive and creative way for children to to learn how to recognise emotions, how to manage their emotions, cope with changes, identify other people's emotions, interact with others and learn how to deal with teasing. 

    An integral part of the SAS program is the involvement of parents and school staff, whereby both parties receive information, support and resources to assist their 'secret agents' develop and practice their learnt skills in sessions and generalise them into real-life situations. 


    The following provides some information about the SAS group progam:

    WHO FACILITATES THE GROUP? Therapist with Assistants
    HOW LONG IS THE PROGRAM? Weekly/ Intensive 
    COST & REBATES MHCP/ NDIS
    DAYS School Holidays 
    AGE RANGE 8-12

  • Social Thinking

    WHAT IS THIS PROGRAM ABOUT?

    Superflex®: A Superhero Social Thinking Curriculum: provides a fun way in which children can explore their challenges and identify ways to modify their thoughts and behaviours in different settings. Behaviours are depicted as comic book characters which helps students learn about their own behaviours in a non-threatening way,  while the superhero Superflex helps build the thinking required to regulate those behaviours. 

    Superflex and the Team of Unthinkables help students understand and become more aware of their own thinking and behaviours: when they are using their  social smarts versus when their brains are getting side tracked in less positive and social ways. The different Unthinkables help them zoom in on what challenge they may be facing in the moment and the strategies help them learn to overcome that Unthinkable’s powers. Kids enjoy being superheroes in training, flexing and building their social thinking and social skills.

    WHO WOULD BENEFIT FROM THE PROGRAM?

    While some children learn to consider other people, adapt to their social context, read the hidden social riles in each social situation and regulate their emotional reactions and body language to match the social context (i.e. use their "Social Smarts"), many children have challenges in recognizing and applying these concepts. 

    Students who do not learn this information intuitively, but who function with emerging language-thinking skills, need to be taught these core concepts more explicitly. These children may include but not limited to; children with High Functioning Autism/ Asperger's Syndrome, ADHD and others who experience social and emotional challenges. 

    WHAT DOES THE PROGRAM AIM TO TEACH?

    We introduce the concepts of Superflex and the Team of Unthinkables through a series of sessions. We commence the program by talking about how the brain works, how social information is part of the brain, how we can change our behaviour, what our brain is expected to do socially (Superflex) and then the thoughts that challenge our brains from doing our best (the Unthinkables). 

    Once the concepts are introduced, the next step is to help students continue to use the vocabulary and strategies during real-time situations and interactions.The idea is to be able to 1)recognise the characters and their influence on their brains, 2)think about the situations and how the student's behaviour is effecting others, and 3)use on or more of the strategies taught in the Superflex Curriculum!  

    While the sessions are taught during the group, the idea is that the application of the learning is 24/7 in teachable moments in other environments. It is essential to reinforce how often kids apply the concepts rather than just talk about when the Unthinkables are lurking about. 


    The following provides some information about the Program:

    WHO FACILITATES THE GROUP? Trained therapists with Assistants
    HOW LONG IS THE PROGRAM? Weekly or Intensive course
    COST & REBATES MHCP / NDIS 
    DAYS School Holidays
    AGE RANGE 8-12

  • Exploring Friendships & Social Skills: U N Me R Friends 2 B

    WHAT IS THIS PROGRAM ABOUT?

    This program is designed by the team at ACPC and individualised for preteens and teens presenting with social and emotional difficulties. These may include children with high functioning Autism Spectrum presentation, those with poor emotional regulation, and children who lack self- regulation, or social understanding of others and/or resilience.

    This program uses a combination of therapeutic techniques based on cognitive behavioural therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy as well as mindfullness to ensure that children are empowered with the skills necessary to increase their resilience. 

    WHO WOULD BENEFIT FROM THIS PROGRAM?

    The program is suited for children between the ages of 10 and up to 15 years old (both boys and girls) who may need assiatnce with their social and emotional development as well as a boost in confidence. The programs aims on assisting young children and school aged children who may be experiencing some difficulties in the following:

    • Peer relations and interactions
    • Maintaining friendships
    • Understanding other people's views
    • Problem solving in social contexts
    • Passive or Aggressive communication skills

    WHAT DOES THE PROGRAM AIM TO TEACH?

    The U N Me R Friends 2 B program aims to teach children through unteractive and fun activities to improve the following skills:

    • Understanding and reading Body Language
    • Improving Conversational Skills
    • Relaxation strategies 
    • Tuning to & Managing our thoughts 
    • Getting attention in positive ways
    • Problem solving 
    • Dealing with Bullying 

    At the end of the group sessions, families are provided with a summary report listing the observations made throughout the group program including the strengths each child presented with, and the areas that may require further assistance. Each report also lists reccomendations for home practice and other settings. 

    The following provides some information about this group progam:

    WHO FACILITATES THE GROUP? Therapists with Assistants
    HOW LONG IS THE PROGRAM? Weekly/ Intensive 
    COST & REBATES MHCP / NDIS
    DAYS School Holidays 
    AGE RANGE 10-15 

    Please register your interest by clicking the Tab button "Click here to Book Group Therapy" shown above. Once interest in registered, you will be added onto a waiting list and contacted as soon as a group is ready to run.

Please Contact our clinic for a Consultation!
Call: +61 2 9541 1177

Our goal is to ensure your advocacy needs are met through the process of continuous engagement and genuine understanding of your needs