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Reducing Anxiety: The Bright Thinking Programme

"The thinking styles of people exhibiting anxiety and depression resembles the pessimistic thinking style as highlighted by Seligman. He noted that pessimistic and optimistic thinking is learnt and therefore can be changed."

(Chaplin, Gillham and Seligman 2009)​

What is it?

Bright Thinking is a fun, engaging and practical programme for children whose anxiety fuels their negative thinking. Developed over 12 years ago at The Resilience Centre in Australia and delivered successfully over 50 times, the programme demonstrates a significant reduction in children’s anxiety and a dramatic increase in their social and personal competence. Bright Thinking is a strengths-based programme. Rather than a focus on the child’s anxiety or worry thoughts, it encourages a focus on what’s working! Throughout the programme, children recognise pessimistic and optimistic thinking, while giving them the solution focused skills to get from one type of thinking to another.

Who is it for?

Up to 10 children aged 8 to 12 years who are experiencing ongoing anxiety.

What are the options?

This programme is delivered in-house (at your organisation or practice) as 6 weekly sessions of 1 hour. Parents also participate during weeks 1 and 6.

What is included?

  • 6 hours of programme delivery.

  • Flyers to promote the programme to parents.

  • Parent information sheets to send out each week.

  • Option for us to evaluate the programme's effectiveness in your school.

What does it cost?

Travel and accommodation costs apply.
Save 50% by booking 2 programmes consecutively on the same day.

If you would like to be able to deliver Bright Thinking workshops within your organisation, by your own staff, you might wish to consider our Bright Thinking Training.  


During the COVID-19 outbreak we have temporarily suspended all face-to-face workshops and training.  

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