Stuff that’s stuck

ACT strategies for engaging and working with challenging teens

Recording available for 6 months
2 hours (2 CE credits)
Intermediate level skills workshop
Psychologists, counsellors, social workers, teachers, EMHPs, youth workers and GPs.

Course Description

Are you a mental health, counselling, and school professionals working with adolescents? Do you face challenges engaging with difficult-to-reach young people who are stuck? Are you looking for strategies to establish meaningful connections and make the most out of your sessions? Then this workshop is for you.

Join Ben, an internationally renowned expert in ACT for young people, for an engaging, practical, and fun 2-hour clinical skills workshop. Ben  author of the best-selling book Stuff That Sucks: Accepting what you can’t change and committing to what you can will guide you through a session packed with effective strategies to navigate obstacles and connect with even the most challenging teens.

During the workshop, you’ll learn key skills such as adapting ACT metaphors to resonate powerfully with teens’ experiences. You’ll discover how to apply ACT principles rapidly in response to obstacles, fostering flow and fluidity in your sessions. Additionally, you’ll explore ways to extend these ideas into the young person’s wider system, including their family and school.

Ben will bring the session to life by sharing real examples of young people and families he has worked with over the years. Participants are expected to have a basic understanding of the 6 core ACT processes before attending. To catch up, Ben’s book, Stuff That Sucks, is a great resource.

By combining your knowledge of ACT and adolescent development with an understanding of their unique contexts, you can take therapy in exciting and effective directions. Meet your teens where they’re at and help them take valued steps forward from their current position to help them get unstuck. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to enhance your clinical skills and make a significant impact in the lives of difficult-to-engage teens. Register now and gain practical insights to create meaningful change.

At the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Describe how the family, school, and online contexts that young people navigate and incorporate these systemic factors into your formulation.
  • Utilise the principles of Observe, Describe, and Track to effectively meet teenagers at their level and enhance engagement.
  • Demonstrate how to use curiosity, compassion, and creativity to create a more impactful therapeutic experience.
  • Describe how to adapt ACT metaphors to resonate powerfully with teens and speak directly to their unique experiences.
  • Identify methods to apply ACT principles to overcome obstacles that arise during sessions, promoting flow and fluidity.
  • Identify how to extend ACT ideas beyond individual therapy, effectively working with the young person’s wider system, including their family and school.

Who would benefit from this workshop?

Meant for practitioners who have already had basic introductory training in ACT, we recommend this workshop for a wide range of professionals who interact with children and young people through their work, including psychologists, BCBAs, counsellors, social workers, teachers, EMHPs, youth workers and GPs.

Feedback from previous workshops was very positive:

I loved Ben’s approach to working with young people. It’s got me excited again!

Susie M. clinical psychologist

 

I’ve taken a bundle of creative ideas from this workshop. Thanks for organising.

Jake B. educational psychologist.

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.

Contextual Consulting is committed to the identification and resolution of potential conflicts of interest in the planning, promotion, delivery, and evaluation of continuing education. Potential conflicts of interest occur when an individual assumes a professional role in the planning, promotion, delivery, or evaluation of continuing education where personal, professional, legal, financial, or other interests could reasonably be expected to impair their objectivity, competence, or effectiveness.

There was no commercial support for this event. None of the planners or presenters for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s) to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

APA psychologists: This program is sponsored by Contextual Consulting and is approved for 2 CE credits for psychologists. 

Behaviour analysts: This workshop is available for 2 BACB Learning CEUs. Contextual Consulting is an approved BACB ACE Provider # OP-20-3415.

Nationally certified counselors: This workshop is available for 2 credit hours. Contextual Consulting Ltd. has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7578. 

To find out more, including attendance requirements and how to access your certificate, go to our continuing education information page.

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.

Contextual Consulting is committed to the identification and resolution of potential conflicts of interest in the planning, promotion, delivery, and evaluation of continuing education. Potential conflicts of interest occur when an individual assumes a professional role in the planning, promotion, delivery, or evaluation of continuing education where personal, professional, legal, financial, or other interests could reasonably be expected to impair their objectivity, competence, or effectiveness.

There was no commercial support for this event. None of the planners or presenters for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s) to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

After this workshop you will be able to:

  • Describe how the family, school, and online contexts that young people navigate and incorporate these systemic factors into your formulation.
  • Utilise the principles of Observe, Describe, and Track to effectively meet teenagers at their level and enhance engagement.
  • Demonstrate how to use curiosity, compassion, and creativity to create a more impactful therapeutic experience.
  • Describe how to adapt ACT metaphors to resonate powerfully with teens and speak directly to their unique experiences.
  • Identify methods to apply ACT principles to overcome obstacles that arise during sessions, promoting flow and fluidity.
  • Identify how to extend ACT ideas beyond individual therapy, effectively working with the young person's wider system, including their family and school.
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