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  • Secret Agent Society - Delivered by Early Start Australia


    Tier 1: Positive Mental Health Promotion
    Tier 2: Early Intervention and Cohort Specific Support

    Program Description

    Secret Agent Society (SAS) is a small group spy-themed program delivered by trained facilitators. The program uses games to develop social skills and emotional regulation with children aged 8-12.

    The program can be used with small groups of children presenting with a range of disorders including:
    • High functioning Autism
    • Anxiety disorders
    • ADHD
    • Anger management difficulties

    Skills targeted include:

    • Recognising emotions in themselves and others
    • Expressing feelings in appropriate ways
    • Coping with feelings of anger and anxiety
    • Communicating and playing with others
    • Coping with mistakes, transitions and challenges
    • Building and maintaining friendships
    • Solving social problems
    • Preventing and managing bullying and teasing

    Detailed Cost

    For the small group program of 6 participants, the program costs $20,780 (inc. GST).

    Implementation Considerations

    Target population: Children aged 8-12, their parents and their teachers.

    Program adaptability: The program can be adapted to meet individual and cultural needs by using the expertise of trained facilitators.

    Staffing: A teacher will need to be present during delivery of the program.

    Training requirements: Teachers will be required to complete a two-hour training workshop. The SAS small group program includes nine 90-minute sessions delivered weekly (or eighteen 45-minute sessions), regular home missions (home practice), four 2 hour parent information sessions and a two hour teacher training workshop.

    Factors to consider: There is a minimum of 6 participants per small group program. Schools will be required to have IT facilities to support virtual presentations. Each child will require access to a computer either at home / school to access the digital platform.

    Australian context: The program was developed and evaluated through the Clinical Psychology program at the University of Queensland.

    Strength of Evidence

    Level 4: Established evidence for program (supported by quality research evidence)

    Geographic Location


    Intended Outcomes

    • Develop parent and teacher awareness of emotions, emotional regulation, problem solving
    • Children will learn to recognise emotions in themselves and others
    • Children will have increased ability to cope with feelings of anger and anxiety
    • Children will have increased ability to communicate and play with others and build and maintain friendships
    • Children will cope better with mistakes and transitions and prevent and manage bullying and teasing
    • Children will acknowledge their personal strengths