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The BRAVE Program

21/11/2013
Isis District State High School has been contacted by a team of researchers from the University of Queensland, Griffith University and the University of Southern Queensland who are interested in investigating anxiety in children and adolescents. Between 5 and 10% of children are affected by severe anxiety, which has extremely debilitating effects on a child’s emotional, social and educational functioning. In particular, social anxiety is one of the most common childhood anxiety disorders and is described as a persistent fear of social situations in which the child is exposed to unfamiliar people or to possible scrutiny by others.

The ‘BRAVE Team’ are offering two internet-based programs (BRAVE-ONLINE Program) for children aged 8 - 12 years and teenagers aged between 13 and 17 years, who are experiencing social anxiety.  The aim of this research project is to investigate how treatments for social anxiety can be delivered via the internet for children and adolescents. Many families are unable to attend face-to-face clinics, and prefer to participate in programs from their own home. The project also aims to determine whether treatment programs that specifically target social anxiety are more effective than treatment programs that focus on treating anxiety disorders as a whole.

They hope to reach a diverse range of families across Australia and have therefore included our program flyers and brochures for your convenience. For more information, please visit our website; exp.psy.uq.edu.au/socialanxiety