The Youth Model of Acceptance, Mindfulness, and Positive Psychology
This online, self-paced course will introduce you to DNA-v — the youth model of acceptance and commitment therapy. The course is designed to give therapists, teachers, counsellors and coaches practical skills to helping young people to thrive and have greater psychological flexibility and strength. DNA-v's 8 modules of video, written material, and quizzes are accessed through your web browser - there's no attendance to take, and the course remembers your progress so you can pick up where you left off whenever it's convenient.
The DNA-V model is not an attempt to apply an adult model of psychotherapy to young people. Instead, it is grounded in developmental research that seeks to describe the conditions that help children grow into strong and healthy young people.
DNA-v uses the best evidence from acceptance and commitment therapy, mindfulness technologies, and positive psychology, integrating them into a theoretically coherent but still holistic application.
Our approach allows you to work across the silos of knowledge – covering a young person’s thoughts, feelings, their growing sense of self, as well as their attachments, relationships, social connections and larger community.
By the end of the course, you will:
- Gain solid knowledge of the scientific underpinning of DNA-v.
- Understand the processes in the model, so you can let go of canned interventions and work flexibly, adapting as you go with each young person or classroom.
- Be able to use the DNA-v experiential exercises with young people individually or in groups
- Be able to build a solid case formulation and treatment or classroom/group lesson
Prerequisites and Audience
There are no prerequisites for this course.
The course is suitable for all professionals interested in working with young people 12 to 24. This includes teachers, counselors, psychologists, social workers, youth workers etc.
Texts and Readings
Suggested reading - Hayes, L., & Ciarrochi, J. (2015). The Thriving Adolescent: Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Positive Psychology to Help Young People Manage Emotions, Achieve Goals, and Build Connection: Oakland, CA: Context Press.
Louise Hayes, PhD is a clinical psychologist and academic. She is co-author of the best selling book, Get Out of Your Mind and Into your Life for Teenagers: A Guide to Living an Extraordinary Life, and the newly released book, The Thriving Adolescent: Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Positive Psychology to Help Teens Manage Emotions, Achieve Goals, and Build Connection. She has many years of experience working in mental health settings with teens and training professionals all across the world.
Joseph Ciarrochi, PhD is Professor of Psychology in the Institute for Positive Psychology and Education, Australian Catholic University, NSW. He is a dynamic and entertaining ACT trainer, a pioneering ACT researcher, and the acclaimed co-author of A CBT Practitioner’s Guide to ACT: How to Bridge the Gap between Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and co-author of Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life for Teens: A Guide to Living an Extraordinary Life, and the newly released book, The Thriving Adolescent: Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Positive Psychology to Help Teens Manage Emotions, Achieve Goals, and Build Connection. He is a talented and inspiring trainer, whose excellent sense of humour ensures that his workshops are not only practical, but also a lot of fun.
This course is worth 16 CE credit hours upon completion (16 CPD points for Clinical Psychology and Australian health practitioners).