When Faced With Stress, Depression and Anxiety, Everyone Needs Help to COPE

Our online and instructor-delivered Cognitive Behavioral Therapy-based (CBT) programs are designed to help children and teens deal with anxiety, stress and depression by showing them how to develop the skills needed to stop negative thoughts and start thinking and behaving in more positive ways.

  • The evidence-based 7-Session online and manual-based programs provide support for children and teens using brief, easy-to-follow sessions, complete with skills-building activities, that convey that there is hope for change, and that both depression and anxiety are treatable.
  • The evidence-based 15-Session TEEN (Thinking, Emotions, Exercise, and Nutrition) manual-based program builds upon the skills learned in the 7-Session Teen Program by including sessions on healthy nutrition and physical activity, helping overweight teens coping with low self-esteem and heightened depressive and anxiety symptoms.


Seven brief, easy-to-navigate sessions teach the skills necessary to help deal with problems and emotions, set goals, and feel happier,  healthier and more positive every day. Online and manual-based programs are available.


By trying out new skills, writing about personal experiences, and working to find solutions to problems, children and teens are encouraged to change the way they think, act and behave.


Skills building activities encourage children and teens to live what they’ve learned throughout the week, strengthening their mental connections and behaviors that lead to positive change.

After rigorous review, the COPE Healthy Lifestyles TEEN program has been selected for inclusion in the National Cancer Institute's Research Tested Interventions Program initiative as an obesity/cancer control intervention (see http://rtips.cancer.gov/rtips/programDetails.do?programId=22686590).

RTIPs is a “searchable database of cancer control interventions and program materials and is designed to provide program planners and public health practitioners easy and immediate access to research-tested materials.”

Findings at six and 12 months following the intervention from the clinical trial that tested the COPE TEEN program with 779 high school teens indicated that teens who received COPE versus an attention control program had significantly higher physical activity, higher social skills, higher academic competence and grades, less alcohol use and less overweight/obesity. Further, teens with severe depressive symptoms at baseline had symptoms in the normal range 12 months after the intervention compared to attention control teens whose symptoms remained elevated (see article of finding in Journal of School Health http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/josh.12342/abstract).

Quotes From Program Users

Teen student"It (COPE) made me more confident in myself. It helped me take a second and think about things before I react."

College student"College is one of the most stressful experiences I've had in my life so far, so it was good to have COPE to help me deal with those stressors." 

Parent: "Our family went to see the nurse practitioner because we were at a place where we saw our family struggling. It was hurtful to see our child suffer and struggle with every day interactions. After the first visit, we saw hope. Thanks to COPE, our family unit has gained confidence, self-control and she is empowered to function day to day."

Instructor: “As I was reading page 6 (from the student workbook) about Leslie - my client, a 12 year girl who is often bullied, began shouting out with enthusiasm: I hear ya Leslie! I feel your pain, and then after each sentence, I’ll be your new friend - I’ll walk with you!”

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