Monday 26 August 20199:00 AM - 4:00 PMAdd to calendar

Quality Batman's Hill on Collins, 623 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC, 3000View map

Stuff That SucksBen Sedley
TrainerBen Sedley (NZ)
CPD Hrs7
IncludesCatering, handbook and certificate

Using Acceptance & Commitment Therapy with Young People

Each of us has thoughts that are painful: sometimes the pain is sadness, sometimes worry or anger or shame or grief or some feeling that you don't even have words for. Young people often struggle with thoughts and emotions, and they don't want to be told that 'everyone feels like that' or that 'you will grow out of it'. They want to feel that their emotions are valid and that the person offering help truly understands how painful life can feel at times. With a strong emphasis on validation and compassion, Stuff That Sucks shows you how to work with your client to accept theirs emotions rather than struggling against them. It also shows how to reconnect with what is really important to them, giving them the tools to help clarify their personal values and take steps towards living a life where those values can guide them in their day-to-day choices and behaviour.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is an empirically supported therapeutic approach that draws on behavioural and mindfulness principles to help people make space for painful thoughts and feelings and instead turn their focus towards values. ACT is rapidly growing in popularity internationally and is being used successfully with people experiencing a range of life challenges including low mood, worries, difficult behaviour, anger, anxiety, and interpersonal or family conflict. This workshop will introduce participants to the fundamentals of ACT with a specific focus on its successful application with younger people.  

Ben will demonstrate and expand on ideas presented in his book ‘Stuff that Sucks', including:
• An introduction to the ACT model and how to adapt the core principles of ACT to make it resonate with young people
• Reconciling developmental challenges of adolescents with ACT ideas, and normalising the range and extent of teen suffering.
• The importance of Validation, Perspective Taking and Metaphor in the therapeutic process
• Helping young people let go of their struggle against the Stuff that Sucks (self-critical thoughts and painful emotions)
• Talking about the Stuff that is Here and Now (Mindfulness) in ways that make sense to adolescents
• Helping young people identify the Stuff that Matters (Values) and ways in which they can move towards these.
• The importance of involving parents in the therapeutic process and challenging their perceptions of their child’s struggles. 
• Helping clients learn from their experiences and active exercises in session, rather than being taught by a clinician

Throughout the day Ben will punctuate key ACT learning with a combination of experiential exercises, metaphors and clinical examples. This training is suitable for all professionals who work with young people and no previous ACT training is necessary. Participants who have already have some ACT or knowledge and experience will gain new insights into using this framework with young people.

Presented by Ben Sedley a clinical psychologist, author and ACT therapist and international trainer working with children, adolescents and families facing mental health difficulties in New Zealand and the UK. Ben is the author of Stuff That Sucks. He takes the key elements of ACT, and presents them in ways that are immediately accessible, relatable, and actionable.


Ticket typePrice (AUD)Quantity
Standard$300.00 incl GST