"Cool Kids" in Denmark

commentary on a cognitive-behavioral therapy group for anxious youth

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Two case studies by Lundkvist-Houndoumadi and Thastum (2013a, 2013b) describe the use of the Cool Kids cognitive behavioral therapy program for anxious children and their parents, which was conducted at their Clinic at the University of Aarhus in Denmark. In providing our reactions to these two fascinating and illuminating articles, we first familiarize readers with the Cool Kids program, including both its nature, range, and evidence base. This is followed by a discussion of some relevant issues and complications in doing therapy with anxious children that are illustrated by these case studies, including the motivation of both anxious children and their parents; the therapeutic role of exposure to anxious situations; a modular approach to accommodate individual variation; group versus individual format; directly addressing parental anxiety problems; and the cost-effectiveness of treatment.
Original languageEnglish
Article number4
Pages (from-to)359-370
Number of pages12
JournalPragmatic case studies in psychotherapy
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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  • child anxiety
  • adolescent anxiety
  • treatment
  • Cool Kids
  • case studies
  • clinical case studies

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