GoZen

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Clinical Aim(s)
Anxiety & Stress Management
Incorporated Strategies
CBT
Target Audience
Children, Teens
Setting
Standalone, Supplement
Cost
Paid with free trial
Language
English

GoZen is a web based intervention aimed for kids (7-15 y/o) dealing with anxiety. Relying on several evidence based approaches (e.g. CBT, positive psychology), the program delivers short animated videos that educate and present practical coping tools for dealing with anxiety (e.g. breathing techniques, the 5C’s technique). Entering the program, the user is introduced with the main characters – Nelly and Tomas who suffer from various manifestations of anxiety. Accompanied with a teacher (ScienceGuy) and a friendly alien, the kids begin their journey towards overcoming anxiety. GoZen is comprised of 6 modules – each containing 5-6 animations, followed by text explanations and questions. The program’s developers recommend completing one module per week. Additional features include “bonus” worksheets, and “bonus” animations for kids and parents.

Expert Evaluation

   
Program Quality
3.2 out of 5
Source Credibility
Good
Privacy Explanation
Questionable Transparency
Pros
Engaging and friendly to use.
Cons
Price may be considered high/animation are outdated.


Summary

Gozen is a friendly to use program suitable for kids (7-15 y/o) dealing with mild to moderate anxiety. The provision of an animated story with relatable characters generates an engaging experience. The content is age appropriate and easy to follow and the general approach is light and humoristic. On the downside, the animation is somewhat outdated, and the program could be more adaptive to the user’s state. In addition, for the young age group it is recommended for parents to accompany the program’s completion and make sure the child understands and follows suggested practice.

Notes for Clinicians

GoZen could be recommended for children 7-15 y/o dealing with anxiety. The program could help to reinforce topics taught during therapy in a light and easily relatable manner.

Evaluation date:
Thursday, December 21, 2017

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