International

The FRIENDS Programs are so successful that they have been translated to many different languages and are currently used to help participants all around the world. If you are outside of Australia then you may find the following information useful.

The FRIENDS Programs are accessible in over 16 countries, if you would like to become an International Licensee partner please email training@friendsresilience.org

Brazil

BRAZIL

IBIES – INSTITUTO BRASILERIRO DE INTELIGENCIA EMOCIONAL E SOCIAL

  • Website: www.metidifriends.com
  • Email: info@metodofriends.com
  • Facebook: www.facebook.com/metodoFRIENDS
  • Blog: www.blogdometodofriends.com
  • YouTube: http://migre.me/s4Lgw
  • Phone: +55483224-5680
Canada

CANADA

JACQUELINE BURKHARDT, FACILITATOR

British Columbia

BRITISH COLUMBIA

THE MINISTRY OF CHILDREN AND FAMILY DEVELOPMENT

The FRIENDS program is centrally coordinated and funded by a government Ministry – The Ministry of Children and Family Development. In support of The Child and Youth Mental Health Plan for BC (2003-2008), a 5-year government funded provincial plan designed with the goal of improving the mental health outcomes of children, youth and families in our province, the FRIENDS For Life program was launched in 2004 as a key prevention and risk reduction initiative of the Plan. Since this time, over 3000 BC educators have received the 1-day FRIENDS training and are equipped to deliver FRIENDS in the classroom. In 2005, a partnership with the FORCE Society for Kids Mental Health (a non-profit parent advocacy organisation) was formed, to educate parents and caregivers about child anxiety and about the FRIENDS program so they are equipped to reinforce the FRIENDS skills that are taught in the classroom, at home.
  • Website: www.mcf.gov.bc.ca/mental_health/friends.htm
  • Email: mcf.cymhfriends@gov.bc.ca
Finland

FINLAND

ASEMAN LAPSET

In Finland, the FRIENDS program is implemented by a non-governmental and non-profit organisation called Aseman Lapset ry (Children of the Station). This organisation has been providing FRIENDS training to educational, health, social and youth service professionals working with children and youth in Finland since 2006. Several thousand professionals have participated in FRIENDS training and over 30 000 children have participated in the program. The FRIENDS trainings and the FRIENDS materials are available in both Finnish and Swedish.

  • Website: www.asemanlapset.fi
  • Email: friends@asemanlapset.fi
  • Phone: +3589654740
Hong Kong

HONG KONG

THE ENGLISH SCHOOLS FOUNDATION

The English Schools Foundation was established by the Hong Kong Government in 1967. ESF currently operates five secondary schools, nine primary schools and a school for students with special educational needs. The ESF roll out the FRIENDS Programs to schools in their catchment area.
  • Website: http://www.esf.edu.hk
  • Email: jacques.perch@esfcentre.edu.hk
Japan

JAPAN

PATHWAYS JAPAN

For more information on Pathways Programs delivery and training in Japan, please contact:
  • Website: www.pathways.jp
  • Phone: 0404 085 235
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Pathways-Japan-1480141942221197/?ref=hl
Mexico

MEXICO

DR. JULIA GALLEGOS

For information on the Fun FRIENDS, FRIENDS for Life Programs and Adult Resilience Program run in Mexico, please contact:
  • Website: www.amistadparasiempre.com
  • Website: www.centrocies.com.mx
  • Email: juliagallegos@centrocies.com.mx
  • Phone: Locally (52) 81 15229908/  Nationally 01 800 500 3060
The Netherlands

THE NETHERLANDS

ERASMUS MC

FRIENDS for Life (Children and Youth) have been used and investigated now for over a decade in the Netherlands and also in the Dutch speaking part of Belgium. These Dutch FRIENDS versions have been translated, published and distributed by the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Erasmus Medical Centre-Sophia Children’s Hospital, Rotterdam, the Netherlands. This department performed, in collaboration with the department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry of Leiden University Medical Centre, a large randomised clinical trial in a sample of children with clinically diagnosed anxiety disorders. Results showed no significant differences in outcomes between individual and group treatment: children improved in both conditions. Up till now this multicentre-research project has resulted in two PhD theses, high ranking articles, with new manuscripts to come. At the moment new research is performed into the implementation of FRIENDS in schools in the Netherlands.
  • Website: www.vriendenprogramma.nl
  • Phone: +31107036191
New Zealand

NEW ZEALAND

TRAIN WITH US ONLINE

For all New Zealand Citizens looking to become accredited facilitators please contact us at training@friendsresilience.org.  

JENNY BELL ORANGA

Jenny is a highly experienced and well qualified educator. She is the director of Jenny Bell Oranga and she and her team are passionate about equipping children and adults with the skills to manage life’s ups and downs. For more information, visit: www.jennybell.co.nz
Portugal

PORTUGAL

ANA PEREIRA

FRIENDS for Life was translated by a team of Psychology Faculty of Lisbon University. This team will perform a randomised clinical trial in a sample of Portuguese children from grade 3 to grade 6. High-anxious children were selected through a two step screening procedure from a sample of 880.

Only children that scored in the top-15% on the SCARED-R were selected. Program evaluation outcomes include: presence or absence of a diagnosis of anxiety disorder (ADIS-P) and anxiety symptom scores (SCARED-R, child and parent versions).

  • Email: aipereira@fp.ul.pt
Scotland

SCOTLAND

STIRLING AND CLACKMANNANSHIRE EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY SERVICE

We would like to welcome Whitney Barrett and her team to the international FRIENDS family in 2013. For more information please contact:

Email: wbarrett@clacks.gov.uk

Singapore

SINGAPORE

NATALIE GAMES

  • Email: pathwaysingapore@gmail.com
  • Phone: +6581830216

DAWN SIM

  • Address: The Open Centre Singapore, 5A Binjai Park
  • Website: www.theopencentre.com.sg
  • Email: info@theopencentre.com.sg
South Africa

SOUTH AFRICA

MART-MARIE DU TOIT

The FRIENDS Programs are currently being translated into Afrikaans by our research partner in South Africa – watch this space!

Sweden

SWEDEN

JOHAN ÅHLÉN

For information FRIENDS enquiries in Sweden please contact:

  • Email: ahlenjohan@gmail.com
  • Phone: +46 768 86 54 46
Taiwan

TAIWAN

DOERS CULTURAL AND EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION

The FRIENDS Programs are currently being translated in Chinese. For more information on Chinese-Speaking FRIENDS Programs delivery and training, please visit their website.

  • Website: www.doers.org.tw/friends
  • Email: service@doers.org.tw
  • Phone: +886 (2) 2656-2519
United Kingdom

UNITED KINGDOM

THE PSYCHOLOGY TREE

The Psychology Tree Ltd is a licensed FRIENDS training provider currently operating across the UK. We are a team of highly qualified professional educational psychologists, providing training and intervention to schools, families and other organisations. We are committed to promoting positive outcomes for all children and young people through our application of psychology and evidence-based interventions such as FRIENDS. Our company director Dr. Gemma Slack has been directly involved in the development and evaluation of Special FRIENDS, the newest addition to the FRIENDS programs.