• Overview

    Author(s)
    Dr Kathryn Berry and The Quirky Kid Clinic
    Who is this for?
    All children aged 7 to 12 experiencing anxiety.
    Who is this from?
    Allied health professionalsPrimary school teachers and staff.
    Domains
    Mentally Healthy Communities, Learning Resilience, Early Support, Responding Together
    Settings
    Primary School
    Topics
    General mental wellbeing, Self esteem and body image, Social and emotional learning
    Aims
    The Basecamp program aims to: 1. Improve children's ability to understand, cope with and manage anxiety. 2. Practice cognitive restricting techniques to develop more realistic and helpful ways of thinking about the situations and events that make them anxious. 3. Implement guided graded exposure exercises to develop coping strategies and to develop more realistic views about overcoming worries. 4. Practice relaxation techniques to reduce overall arousal levels and physiological tension typically associated with anxiety. 5. Learn relapse prevention techniques to consolidate on anxiety-management techniques and learn how to generate an action plan when difficulties are confronted.
    Cost
    $740 for private programs. $80 per child in-schools
    Location
    Victoria, New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory, Queensland, Northern Territory, South Australia, Western Australia, Tasmania
    Organisation
    Quirky kid
    Address
    PO BOX 598, WOOLLHARA NSW 1350
    Phone number
    02 9362 9297
    Mobile number
    0404988144
    Email
    programs@quirkykid.com.au
  • Implementation

    Detailed description

    BaseCamp applies an evidence-based Cognitive Behavioural approach to help children develop effective anxiety-management strategies. It engages children by appealing to their sense of adventure, imagination and creative energy. The program features a National Park theme where children embark on an adventure with their group, equipped with a workbook containing maps, activities and destinations. The activities aim to teach, model and support children in utilising specific anxiety-management skills and to normalise their feelings and experiences. In a home and school setting, BaseCamp provides parents and carers with practical information about childhood anxiety and equips them with fieldwork tasks for ongoing learning. In a clinical setting, BaseCamp meets the needs of clinicians and other service providers working with childhood anxiety. The manualised format allows clinicians, children and parents to access the same information to ensure treatment integrity and support evidence-informed practice. In addition, the treatment remains targeted and specific to meet individual needs by drawing on children's personal experiences. The program includes the following clinical components: Psychoeducation, Cognitive Restructuring, Graded Exposure and Relaxation, all aimed at supporting the development of children's understanding of anxiety, modifying unhelpful thinking patterns, managing avoidance patterns, tension and rumination commonly associated with anxiety.

    Program structure & method delivery

    8 practical sessions of 1 hour in duration for a maximum of 6 participants. 2 x 30 minute parent consultations (phone) before and after the program. An exclusive workbook featuring interactive activities, facts, fieldwork, and stories. Weekly email updates with key program content and suggestions for home and school. Understanding Worry, Anxiety, and its components. Practice cognitive restricting techniques to develop more realistic and helpful ways of thinking about the situations and events that make them anxious. Implement guided graded exposure exercises to develop coping strategies and to develop more realistic views about overcoming worries. Practice relaxation techniques to reduce overall arousal levels and physiological tension typically associated with anxiety. Learn relapse prevention techniques to consolidate on anxiety-management techniques and learn how to generate an action plan when difficulties are confronted. In schools, facilitators deliver the program to children after receiving accreditation as per program structure above. Face to Face session with a child in a group Parent Sessions x 2 Email information for home and school Privately, accredited facilitators deliver program to children as per program structure.

    Student assessment measures

    Yes

    As part of the BaseCamp program students complete child specific pre and post evaluation at various points. Children may also complete the Spence Children's Anxiety Scale (SCAS)

    Professional learning compulsory

    Yes

    Prospective facilitators are required to complete the Basecamp training content and deliver 1 program under supervision before accreditation. Ongoing supervision is required to maintain accreditation.

  • Evidence

    Identified theoretical framework

    The BaseCamp program is based on a Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Framework (CBT). CBT is based on the theory that our 'cognitions' (thoughts, beliefs and interpretations) influence our emotional reactions and behaviours (Beck, 1964; Ellis, 1962). More simply, thoughts about an event shape perceptions and experiences, and fundamentally, the meanings attributed to them.
  • Authors

    Author(s)

    Dr Kathryn Berry and The Quirky Kid Clinic

    About author(s)

    Dr Kathryn Berry is a Clinical Psychologist at the Quirky Kid Clinic where she has practised since 2013. Prior to joining Quirky Kid as part of her PhD, she was placed at the Westmead Hospital Anxiety and Depression Clinic and the Westmead Children's Hospital Department of Psychological Medicine and Acute Psychiatric Ward. She provided individual and family-based interventions for children and adolescents experiencing anxiety, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Depression and other acute psychiatric conditions. As part of her thesis, she worked with the Catholic School system across Sydney implementing a CBT-based resilience building program for anxious, bullied adolescents. The program demonstrated positive outcomes and the findings were published by the Journal of Adolescent Health (2009). Most recently, Dr. Kathryn Berry worked with a team at the Macquarie University Anxiety Research Unit (MARU) implementing a CBT-based group program for anxious children.