The BRAVE Program is an online program for the prevention and treatment of anxiety in young people.
The program was developed by a team of researchers from the University of Queensland, Griffith University and the University of Southern Queensland, and has been specially designed to teach young people the skills they need to reduce anxiety and to cope with stressful situations.
The program is based on Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and has been running in Australia for over 13 years. Therapy techniques used in this program include: relaxation training, identification of emotions and thoughts, positive self-talk, coping skills, problem solving and approaching feared situations.
The BRAVE program has recently been converted into a self-directed therapy program (BRAVE Self-Help), which is now available to all Australian young people and their parents. This program is suitable children and young people who experience social anxiety, separation anxiety, specific phobia and generalized anxiety. The site includes a number of extra features including the relaxation room where parents, children and teenagers can listen to audio tracks that help with relaxation, and a resource folder where key information that has been learnt in the sessions can be accessed.
Age Group: Ages 8 - 17
There are 4 different programs available: one for children aged 8-12 years, one for teenagers aged 12-17 years, and one for parents of children and teenagers of these age groups, respectively. 7 year olds are permitted to register and complete the program, however this is only recommended if their parent/guardian is available to work through the sessions with them.
Although children and teenagers with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) may benefit from the strategies taught in this program, this program does not specifically target OCD or PTSD. Further, this program has not yet been validated for children and/or teenagers with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), but again the strategies are likely to be beneficial.
To all Australian young people aged 8-17 years old who experience anxiety, and their parents.
For children and teenagers, the program includes up to 10, online sessions (that take between 30-60 minutes to complete), and 2 additional booster sessions which individuals can access if they need a refresher.
Parents can complete the program together with, or independently of, their child and this program includes up to 6 sessions plus 2 booster sessions if needed. Not everyone will need to do all sessions and participants can come back at any time for refreshers. The program is fun, interactive and can be completed at your own pace.