Camp Cope-A-Lot Online

Philip C. Kendall, Ph.D., ABPP & Muniya Khanna, Ph.D.
Temple University & The OCD & Anxiety Institute

Camp Cope-A-Lot is a 12-module online program for use with children suffering from anxiety. The computer program provides cognitive behavioral therapy techniques (based on the Coping Cat treatment) for 7 to 13 year old children and teens struggling with anxiety and stress.

Child users advance on their own and at their own pace through the first 6 sessions, and through the last 6 sessions with coach (therapist or parent) guidance.

Along with other campers at Camp Cope-A-Lot, the child goes to an amusement park, puts on a talent show, meets someone new, speaks in public, sleeps in the dark, and experiences other adventures.

Ideal for use in multiple settings, including schools, community, private, hospital or training clinics, etc. Advantages include:

  • No formal training in cognitive-behavioral therapy required
  • Requires fewer therapists hours (approximately 6 hours per child for the 12 sessions)
  • Includes a selection of videos of other children engaging in exposure tasks and using coping strategies
  • Comes with printable Go-To-Gadget (child workbook)


 

 

View Sample Activities


We hope that you find these tools to be useful in your own practice.
Thank you for your dedication to helping children manage stress and anxiety!



Research Evaluating Camp Cope-A-Lot

 

Blocher, J. B., Fujikawa, M., Sung, C., Jackson, D. C., & Jones, J. E. (2013).

Computer-assisted cognitive behavioral therapy for children with epilepsy and anxiety: A pilot study. Epilepsy & Behavior, 27(1), 70-76. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.yebeh.2012.12.014

Crawford, E.A., Salloum, A., Lewin, A.B., Andel, R., Murphy, T.K., & Storch, E.A. (2013).

A pilot study of computer-assisted cognitive-behavioral therapy for childhood anxiety in community mental health centers. Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy, 27(3), 221-234.

Khanna, M. S., & Kendall, P. C. (2010)

Computer-assisted cognitive behavioral therapy for child anxiety: Results of a randomized clinical trial. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 78(5), 737–45.

Khanna, M. S. and Kendall, P. C. (2008).

Computer assisted CBT for child anxiety: the Coping Cat CD Rom. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 15, 159–165.

Salloum, A., Crawford, E.A., Lewin, A.B., & Storch, E.A. (2013).

Consumers and providers perceptions of utilizing a computerized cognitive behavioral therapy for childhood anxiety. Behavioral and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 1-11. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1352465813000647

Storch, E.A., Salloum, A., King, M.A., Crawford., E.A., Andel, R., McBride, N.M., Lewin, A.B. (2015).

A randomized controlled trial in community mental health centers of computer-assisted cognitive behavioral therapy versus treatment as usual for children with anxiety.Depression and Anxiety, 32(11). DOI: 10.1002/da.22399

What Camp Cope-A-Lot is Not

Camp Cope-A-Lot does not replace professional psychological, medical or mental health services or treatment.

The Camp Cope-A-Lot program does not take the place of treatment and is not sufficient for the treatment of an anxiety disorder on its own. Camp Cope-A-Lot and CopingCatParents.com is for educational purposes.

Camp Cope-A-Lot recommends that parents seek immediate psychological, medical or mental health services for their children in cases in which diagnosis of a mental health or psychiatric disorder is questioned or suspected.

PLEASE NOTE: Following a security update on all Windows platforms, the original Camp Cope-A-Lot was no longer functioning on most computers and so we converted CCAL to a fully online program (no DVD required) now called Camp Cope-A-Lot Online. While the main CBT content is the same as in the original used in the research studies cited above, the program in its on-line form is not designed to save camper data. We recommend (as in the original version) that the campers' Go-To-Gadget be used to record their hierarchy from week-to-week and to record homework and review activities. The Go-To-Gadget can be downloaded and printed from within the program online.

Scope

A number of mental health or psychiatric conditions fall outside of the scope of the Coping Cat Parents website and the Child Anxiety Tales and Camp Cope-A-Lot programs, including, among others:

  • Depression, Suicidality Bipolar Disorder
  • Substance-Related Disorders
  • Eating Disorders
  • Schizophrenia/Psychotic Disorders
  • Developmental Disorders
  • Mental Retardation
  • Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders
  • Personality Disorders
  • Learning, Motor Skills, and Communication Disorders
  • Tic Disorders
  • Trichotillomania (or other Body Focused Repetitive or Impulse Control Disorders)