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FRIENDS for Life is a social and emotional learning program designed to help children cope with feelings of fear, worry, and depression by building resilience and self-esteem. The FRIENDS program teaches important life skills and strategies for helping children cope with challenges now and in the future. These skills include recognizing feelings in themselves and others, calming down and relaxing, thinking in positive and helpful ways, facing challenging or feared situations, problem-solving, and building their support teams.
The new edition incorporates recent research findings in the areas of preventing anxiety and depression in children as well promoting resilience (e.g., attention training, healthy eating and being active every day). Developed in Australia by Dr. Paula Barrett, FRIENDS is being implemented successfully in schools and clinics throughout the world and is the only anxiety prevention program acknowledged by the World Health Organization.
The FRIENDS for Life Children’s Group Leader Manual consists of a spiral bound book containing 10 sessions plus 2 booster sessions and home activities. It includes an introduction to anxiety and depression, an introduction to the FRIENDS for Life Program, information on how to use the program in educational and health settings, guidelines for Group Leaders, a Parent Session, and appendices. A FRIENDS for Life Children’s poster is also included.
Please note that CERTIFICATION through a one day FRIENDS for Life training is required prior to implementing the program.
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