The FRIENDS Programs International Foundation

Formerly known as Pathways Health and Research Centre

2014 Outcome Trial in the UK – Excellent Results for FRIENDS

The Friends Programs International Foundation (formerly Pathways Health and Research Centre) is one of Australia’s most creative, and innovative, health and research clinics. Our centre focuses on the implementation of the evidence-based FRIENDS programs,  and evaluating the effectiveness of these through research.

The FRIENDS programs, endorsed by the World Health Organisation, are proven effective at building resilience and preventing/treating anxiety and depression in individuals and families of all ages. Specifically, the programs employ a positive psychology approach, focused on building strengths and promoting a healthy lifestyle (rather than on deficits and problems).

At our health and research clinic, we offer the four variations of the FRIENDS programs (tailored to suit each age group) as well as individual consultations with experienced psychologists, including Professor Paula Barrett, the Founder of the Friends Programs and internationally acclaimed Child Psychologist. In addition, we conduct clinical research on the effectiveness of the FRIENDS programs, to ensure the programs are continually improved and adapted based on the latest evidence. Please find an in-depth bio for Professor Paula Barrett below.

The Friends Programs International Foundation is passionate about developing resilience and socioemotional skills in the local and global community. As such, the evidence-based FRIENDS programs are currently run in numerous countries throughout the world. To ensure the effective delivery of the programs, we also offer facilitator accreditation and training for individuals who wish to deliver the evidence-based FRIENDS programs in their own school, organisation, community or country.

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Our Clinic provides:

• The FRIENDS group programs – proven to build resilience and prevent anxiety and depression
• Child and family therapy
• Individual and group consultations
• Medicare and private health insurance rebates for individual consultations

Our Psychologists:

We currently employ a number of highly qualified Psychologists with expertise in:

• Anxiety and depression in children, adolescents and adults
• Autism and Aspergers
• Learning disabilities
• Obsessive-compulsive difficulties
• Chronic illness & post-traumatic stress
• Sports psychology
• Eating disorders
• Parenting programs

CANCELLATION POLICY – Please note that Pathways has a strict cancellation policy in order to minimise disruption and maximise appointment opportunities for our clients. If you cancel within 48 hours of your appointment you will be charged a cancellation fee equal to 50% of the fee for your appointment. If you cancel within 24 hours of your appointment you will be charged a cancellation fee equal to the full fee of your appointment. Exceptions to the policy will be considered on a case-by-case basis and are at the discretion of the director. If you need to cancel for a medical reason please email your medical certificate to Thank you in advance for your cooperation.