Anxiety intervention

Center for Promoting Research to Practice

What is the Intervention?
The CARS Anxiety program includes a set of activities based on evidence-based cognitive behavioral interventions targeting anxiety.  The program is designed for use in a group format.

Who is it for?
Students of all ages

This intervention is designed to reduce anxiety through group activities and individual sessions.

Background Information:
The group activities described in this manual are based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and should be provided by a professional with appropriate training (e.g., training in CBT procedures).  There are three phases of this intervention; each phase covers different topics and activities. The topics do not need to be completed in separate sessions; however, they should be completed in order. In addition to the group activities, the manual includes homework assignments for students to complete outside of the group to practice and reinforce the skills discussed during the sessions.

Phase 1: Phase 1 can be completed in a group setting. Students learn about the nature of anxiety and understand the connection between thoughts, feelings and behaviors. Students will also learn vocabulary for their thoughts, feelings and behaviors and how to rate the intensity of their anxiety.

Phase 2: Phase 2 can be completed in a group setting. In this phase students will learn skills to help them better manage their anxiety including relaxation techniques, identifying and modifying self-talk, and rewarding.

Phase 3: Phase 3 should be completed in individual sessions. During Phase 3 students will apply newly learned skills through exposure to anxiety-provoking situations. This takes place through both role-play and real life practice.

Materials Needed:
CARS Anxiety Intervention Manual