About Us

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Professor Paula Barrett

Professor Paula Barrett and her team are continuously improving the FRIENDS programs based on the latest research, and providing high quality training to trainers and facilitators. In doing so, the highest possible quality is maintained for all who participate in the programs. This quality assurance, and continual research is why the FRIENDS programs are such a huge international success and why they will continue to help improve the quality of life for thousands of individuals. To find out more about the FRIENDS programs, the research behind it, Paula Barrett or how you can get involved please contact us.


Our Licensed Trainers

The FRIENDS Programs have a number of licensed and qualified trainers who are able to train facilitators, such as teachers, counsellors and allied health professionals. Our licensed trainers ensure that every single person who runs the FRIENDS programs at a school or institute has the highest possible level of training and preparation. All licensed trainers are trained in person by Professor Barrett and undergo regular updates to their training to ensure that they are delivering the most up-to-date versions of the training protocols. To enquire about becoming a licensed training partner, email director@friendsprograms.com and become part of the global FRIENDS Family.


Our Facilitators

There are thousands of facilitators who have been trained to administer the FRIENDS programs in schools and organisations all around the world. Our facilitators are retrained every 3 years to ensure they are up to date with the latest research and improvements to the programs. If you are a teacher, counsellor, pastoral care leader or interested in becoming a facilitator then please feel free to contact us to get started.


Our Participants

The FRIENDS Programs have helped thousands of people become more resilient, deal with stress, focus, cope with anxiety and to generally be strong and live happier lives. Any child or adult can benefit from the FRIENDS programs, whether they are excelling or having difficulties with aspects of their life. The FRIENDS programs are usually recommended to help children that are having trouble with an aspect of their life, however FRIENDS can be used as a preventative measure as well. People who have participated in the FRIENDS programs are more equipped to cope with life’s challenges and can more easily cope with transitions or difficult events. The FRIENDS programs can help anyone through challenges, or to excel through life for more information please contact us.