Living with Stuff that Sucks

Living with Stuff that Sucks

Acceptance And Commitment Therapy With Young People

Living with Stuff that Sucks
Dr Ben Sedley

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 already have some ACT knowledge or experience will gain new insights into using this framework with young people.  

Ben Sedley, PhD, is a Clinical Psychologist, Lecturer, Author and ACT Therapist based in Wellington. He splits his time between his work as a clinical practice advisor for the Psychology programme at Victoria University, and his own successful private practice. He has worked in both New Zealand and the UK in a range of clinical settings, utilising ACT to assist adolescents and adults. Ben is the author of ‘Stuff that Sucks: Accepting what you can’t change and committing to what you can.'

30 The Octagon, Dunedin
"Thoroughly enjoyed this. This seminar provided relevant information, advice and specific ways in which to speak/work with young people who are experiencing troubles in their lives. Well paced and enabled both individual thoughts and group sharing of thoughts"
Youth Mental Health Recovery Worker
"Enjoyed the practical ideas and strategies that I can start using with my clients straight away. Good pace, enjoyed his relaxed, easy-going presentation style"
Clinical Psychologist
"A great tool for my work, presented in a straight forward way. I liked doing the exercises - learning through doing. Made me consider core values of how I view clients"
Social Worker/Case Manager
Date: Monday 30th July 2018
Time: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Venue: Dunedin Public Art Gallery
Address: 30 The Octagon, Dunedin
Lunch & Tea Break Catering
Workshop Notes Provided
Certificate Provided
Bookshop at Seminar
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  • $235.00 incl GST
  • Ex Tax: $204.35