ACT for Adolescents for Beginners with Dr Louise Hayes

Course Description

Recorded Workshop – 1st & 2nd Session
Presenter: Dr Louise Hayes.
You will have access to the recording for 6 months.

Dr Louise Hayes  is again offering this highly popular workshop after years of building on the DNA-V model, a developmentally solid Acceptance and Commitment Therapy approach to working with young people. The DNA-V model allows you to target specific life issues that young people face — for example, anxiety, depression, low self confidence and bullying.  It is now being used in schools, clinics and everywhere that young people seek help.

In this workshop, you will learn how to use the model DNA-V easily and effectively. Louise will get straight into working with young people with a focus on practical applications. Louise  will demonstrate how to use the model to build your skills with young people in a workshop that is suitable for all professionals who work with young people, including psychologists, counsellors, social workers and teachers, using techniques that work individually with young people in therapy, and scale this up to groups in classrooms.

The workshop is fun, creative and will focus on teaching you how to be experiential with young people, using a full range of techniques that go beyond talking at them, to make your sessions alive and engaging.

You will learn how to confidently and dynamically engage young people aged 12 to 24 years in topics like:

• How to help young people build strong relationships,

• How to help young people with self-confidence

• What to do with anxiety and overthinking,

•How to help with low mood,

• What to do about bullying,

….and more!

This online workshop will be split across four sessions. You’ll be able to enhance your learning, and get time to practice in between. The course will have experiential techniques, breakouts into small group discussions, and of course, fun.

You will receive:

• Electronic handouts

• Access to other electronic materials for use with young people

About Your Speaker

Dr Louise Hayes, Clinical Psychologist, MAPS, B.A., B.App.Sci (Hons), PhD (Clinical)

Dr Louise Hayes is a clinical psychologist, researcher, author, and international speaker.  She is a Fellow and Past President of the Association for Contextual Behavioural Science. She is a peer-reviewed Acceptance and Commitment Therapy/Training (ACT) trainer engaged in training professionals worldwide.  Together with Joseph Ciarrochi, she developed DNA-V which has become a leading model of acceptance and commitment therapy. She is the co-author of the best-selling books for young people, Your Life Your Way, and Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life for Teenagers. She is the author of the practitioner book, The Thriving Adolescent. In 2022 she will release a new book using DNA-V with adults, What Makes You Stronger. Louise is also a practising clinician, working with adults and adolescents. She is a former Senior Fellow with The University of Melbourne and Orygen Youth Mental Health. Louise is also a certified Buddhist meditation teacher and takes professionals into the Himalayas to develop their mindfulness skills and raise funds for children in remote Nepal.

For more information on her work go to

For more information on DNA-V go to



There is no pre-requisite training. There is compulsory reading before attending so that you are familiar with DNA-V, which includes:

DNA-V introductory chapter

ACT for Children and Adolescents chapter

If you’re new to DNA-V, you can start learning right now:

• Read how DNA-v fits with curricula based social and emotional learning

• Download chapter one of The Thriving Adolescent

This workshop is suitable for all professionals who work with young people, including psychologists, counsellors, social workers and teachers.

If you have disability and require adjustments or accommodation, please email us at to discuss your needs and we will do our best to help you.

ACT for Adolescents for Beginners with Dr Louise Hayes

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