ACT for Adolescents for Beginners with Louise Hayes

Learn the DNA-V developmental model of ACT for young people

1st - 9th Sep 2021



Wednesday 1st, Thursday 2nd, Wednesday 8th & Thursday 9th September, 2021
Workshop times: UK time 9am – 12pm; Melbourne time 6pm – 9pm. CLICK HERE to convert to your local time
ONLINE WORKSHOP OVER FOUR 3-HOUR SESSIONS + recording available after
Presenter: Dr Louise Hayes
Please note: you can still access the recording for 3 weeks even if you are not able to make the live event


Dr Louise Hayes is thrilled to offer this 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.

Comes with a FREE copy of her new book, Your Life, Your Way: ACT Skills to help teens manage emotions & build resilience!

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 live online workshop will be split across four sessions, over two weeks. 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:

• An e-book copy of the new book, Your Life Your Way.

• Electronic handouts

• Access to other electronic materials for use with young people



We offer a 30% discount for booking both the ACT for Young People Introduction and ACT for Intermediate events together by 6th November.

Early bird rate ends 27th August, 2021

VAT  (VAT does not apply if you reside outside of the European Union).



There is no pre-requisite training. There will be compulsory reading before attending so that you are familiar with DNA-V. Reading will be emailed to you one month prior.

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.


Equipment you will need:

• To access this workshop you will need a stable internet connection and a set of smart phone ear buds with built in microphone. Your internet speed should be a minimum of 1.5mbs  DOWNLOAD & UPLOAD. You can check that here at

About the Presenter

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

Louise Hayes is the founder of DNA-V. She is a clinical psychologist, researcher, and author. She is the author of The Thriving Adolescent, Your Life Your Way, and Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life for Teens. Louise is an ACT peer reviewed trainer and well known for her innovative and engaging workshops. Louise keeps her training real and practical because she is also an active clinician working with adolescents and adults.

Louise uses ACT with young people in schools and clinical settings. She is a clinical psychologist, peer reviewed ACT trainer, an academic, author and speaker.

Key aspects of Louise’s work:

  • ACT peer reviewed trainer conducting professional development for teachers, psychologists, counsellors, and professionals who work with young people.
  • Author of the best selling book Get Out of Your Mind and Into your Life for Teenagers: A Guide to Living an Extraordinary Life. 
  • Author of the new book The Thriving Adolescent: Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Positive Psychology to Help Teens Manage Emotions, Achieve Goals, and Build Connection
  • A senior fellow with Orygen Centre for Excellence in Youth Mental Health at The University of Melbourne.
  • A fellow with the Association for Contextual Behavioural Science (ACBS).
  • A clinical psychologist in private practice at The Elms Family Medical Centre in Bacchus Marsh Victoria.
  • An active philanthropist working to help disadvantaged people in Nepal.