Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Young People
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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.
With a strong emphasis on validation and compassion, ACT helps people accept their emotions rather than struggling against them, 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 – Many people avoid thinking about and processing negative emotions. In ACT, acceptance enables negative thoughts to be, without necessarily trying to do anything about them
Cognitive Defusion – This process helps change how we react to thoughts and feelings. When experiencing negative emotions, the goal is to face them and then move on without fixating on them.
Being Present – This is the mindfulness aspect of ACT - being aware of what is happening in the present moment but without judging it or themselves, or trying to change or predict the outcome.
Self as Context – A person is not just the sum of all their experiences. It's about how we understands and processes these experiences.
Values – Values are the qualities and goals a person is working towards. In ACT, values reveal what actions needed to be taken rather than dwelling on negative thoughts and feelings.
Commitment to Action – The ultimate goal of ACT is to help patients commit to new actions that will better assist them in achieving their long-term goals by staying true to their values.
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Help young people let go of their struggle against the Stuff that Sucks (self-critical thoughts and painful emotions)
Talk about the Stuff that is Here and Now (mindfulness) in ways that make sense to young people
Help young people identify the Stuff that Matters (values) and how they can move towards these
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Presented to mental health services and schools across Australia and New Zealand
With an emphasis on compassion, help young people let go of self-critical thoughts and painful emotions
And move towards the Stuff that Matters!
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