Made for everyday worries

who is it for?

BRAVE was developed for children and teenagers who experience Separation Anxiety Disorder, Social Phobia, Specific Phobia, and Generalised Anxiety Disorder.

It can help with social worries, anxiety about separating from loved ones, fears of specific objects or situations (e.g. dogs, needles, storms, darkness), worries about friendships, school performance or other every day worries.

Although BRAVE was not designed specifically for treating Panic Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, young people with these problems may find some of the program strategies useful. They may, however, require additional treatment approaches that are designed specifically for these issues.

Young child

for parents of kids 3–7 years


for young people 8–12 years


for young people 12–17 years

BRAVE also has sessions for the parents or carers of children and teenagers. Parents who complete the program are better equipped to manage their child’s anxiety. The program for young children (aged 3-7 years) is also completed by the parents rather than the children.

The experts

BRAVE was developed at The University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia by a team of experts in child and adolescent mental health. The Program’s commercial translation from research to scalable clinical use is managed by UniQuest Pty Limited.

emeritus professor

Susan Spence

A recognised global leader in the causes, assessment, treatment and prevention of anxiety and depression in youth.


Sonja March

An award-winning scientist on a mission to make mental health treatments available to all young people, regardless of where they live or come from.


Caroline Donovan

An inspiring teacher of tomorrow’s clinical psychologists whose research philosophy centres on improving access to early mental health interventions, to change the trajectories of disadvantage for young people.

Project partners

We acknowledge the continuing research being conducted by our program partners at The University of Southern Queensland and Griffith University.

We acknowledge the generous contributions to the development and research behind BRAVE made by past and present research funders, including the Australian Government and BeyondBlue.