The Psychology Tree is an accredited training partner of The FRIENDS Programs International Foundation and we regularly run training workshops across the UK and Ireland. By attending our one-day workshop, you can become licenced to run the FRIENDS programmes in your school, family or organisation. If you are interested in delivering FRIENDS, please contact us to arrange training in your area or book a place on one of our existing training events.
About The FRIENDS Programmes
FRIENDS is resilience intervention proven to reduce anxiety and depression and promote positive mental health for children and young people. Based on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), FRIENDS has been recognised by the World Health Organisation as the only evidence based programme effective in reducing anxiety as a universal and targeted intervention (WHO, 2004). FRIENDS has also been recommended by the UK Department of Education (Mental Health & Behaviour in Schools: Departmental advice for school staff, 2016). Visit our research page for more information on how FRIENDS works.
The FRIENDS intervention, originally developed in Australia by Professor Paula Barrett, Webster and Turner (2000) is a school-based, preventative programme. The name of the programme is an acronym for central components of the intervention
F = Feelings
R = Remember to relax. Have quiet time.
I = I can do it! I can try my best!
E = Explore solutions and coping step plans.
N = Now reward yourself! You’ve done your best!
D = Don’t forget to practise!
S = Smile! Stay calm, and talk to your support networks!
There are different versions of the FRIENDS programme for children and young people of different ages as well as the Adult Resilience Programme.
HOW CAN FRIENDS HELP?
The programme is a 10-12 week resilience intervention that can be delivered to whole classes, or as a targeted intervention for children with anxiety disorders or those identified as at risk. After running the intervention, the outcomes you can expect for your young people include:
- significant reductions in symptoms of anxiety and depression for up to 80% of participants.
- developing coping and resilience strategies to help deal with stress and worries.
- developing emotional and social skills.
- supporting positive engagement with learning.