Friends for Life is a social skills and resilience building program that is recognised by the World Heath Organisation for over 12 years of comprehensive research and as an effective means of increasing resilience and coping skills for children aged 8-11.
Anxiety and stress is common, potentially affecting over 20% of children in this age group. It can be displayed as heightened emotions regarding homework, friendships, attending school camp and even non-local events that appear on the news such as natural disasters.
Friends for Life is proven to reduce anxiety and give participants the tools they need to cope in these stressful and challenging situations. Further to anxiety treatment, this program also improves a participants social skills, ability to focus, confidence, and the ability to relax and regulate emotions.
We are looking to resume FRIENDS Groups in Term 4 this year.
We currently have a number of families who were unable to attend cancelled Term 2 and Term 3 groups. These families will be offered places first. Remaining places will be posted in August for Term 4 groups.
Term 1 2021 groups will open for enrolment in September.
I want to thank all our families for their flexibility over the past few months. I look forward to welcoming new and returning FRIENDS to Pathways in Term 4.
Wishing you all well,
Our programs are delivered at our clinic at 7/88 Boundary Street, West End.
Friends for Life teaches participants to cope with their feelings and the feelings of other by training them to think more positively and to relax and regulate their bodies. Friends for life also teaches confidence and ways to tackle problems which helps build self esteem as participants start to solve problems they would have previously shied away from. Most important Friends for Life enables participants to be happy, smile and be brave which helps them easily transition to their teenage years.
Friends for Life uses the FRIENDS acronym to help children remember the concepts they learn throughout the program.