Stuff that’s Stuck – ACT for difficult to engage teens with Ben Sedley

Thursday 10th September, 2020


10th September, 2020
  9-11am UK Time (BST) / 6-8pm Melbourne Time (AEDT)
Online Webinar + recording
Presenter: Dr. Ben Sedley
Please note: you can still access the recording for 3 weeks even if you are not able to make the live event

Do you work with adolescents in a mental health, counselling or school setting? Do you find common ACT metaphor and exercises only get you so far when formulating and engaging difficult to engage teens?

When we combine our knowledge of ACT and adolescent development with an awareness of the contexts they’re navigating and mix in our own passion, compassion and creativity then we are able to take our therapy in exciting and effective directions. As we do this, we can meet our teens where they’re at and help them take valued steps from where they are, rather than trying to take steps from where their minds (or their parents) tell them they should be.

Join leading expert in ACT for young people, and author of the best-selling book, Stuff That Sucks, for this 2-hour clinical skills workshop. Learn how to rapidly apply ACT principles in working with the most difficult to engage teens. Packed full of techniques and strategies, Ben will cover the theoretical framework for understanding the difficulties teens are facing and practical ideas on how to engage them and their families.

Participants are encouraged to have at least a basic understanding of the 6 core ACT processes before the workshop. There will be opportunities for delegates to ask questions.

In this webinar you will learn:

  • To consider the family, school and online contexts that our young people are navigating.
  • How to incorporate systemic factors into your formulation
  • How to use the principles of Observe, Describe and Track to meet teens at their level.
  • How curiosity, compassion, and creativity can enhance your sessions.
  • Case examples of how to use these ideas

About Your Presenter

Dr Ben Sedley works as a Clinical Psychologist in private practice in Wellington, New Zealand. Over the past 15+ years of clinical work he has worked at a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, Victoria University of Wellington Clinical Psychology Programme, Massey University Student Counselling service and at an IAPT CBT service in West London. Ben is also the author of a book introducing ACT ideas directly to teens – ‘Stuff that Sucks: A Teen’s Guide to accepting what you can’t change and committing to what you can’ (Little, Brown / New Harbinger) and co-author of ‘Stuff that’s Loud: A Teen’s Guide to Unspiralling when OCD gets noisy’ with Lisa Coyne (Little, Brown / New Harbinger). Ben lives with his wife and three wonderful noisy kids and loves The Clash and The Ramones.


How do I access the webinar?

It’s super simple. All you need to do is follow a link that you will be provided prior to the course, along with instructions.

Can I ask questions during the presentation?

Absolutely. You will be able to ask the presenter questions, just as you would in any workshop. You’ll also have the extra benefit of being able to interact with other colleagues who have also joined the webinar.

Will I receive a CPD certificate?

Yes, you will receive a CPD certificate.

Can I view the presentation afterwards?

Yes, a video of the presentation will be available to you for up to 28 days after the workshop is finished.  You’ll be able to go back over any part of the webinar to review or check anything that you missed. You also don’t actually have to attend the live webinar – if you’re not able to make it on the actual date, you can still login afterwards and watch the recorded version.

What equipment do I need?

You just need a computer (PC or Mac), laptop or tablet that can access the internet. You need a good broadband speed that would allow you to comfortably stream a movie (such as a video on YouTube).

Can I still participate in any skills practice work?

Yes, we have a special portal in the system to allow you to connect with other participants joining via the Webinar.

Will the Webinar work on my computer?

Yes! As long as you have access to a web browser and you’re connected to the internet, you will be able to attend. It’s that simple – all you need to do is go to the webpage link, login and you’re set to go. You can join the workshop on any device including your home computer or iPad. You can even join in using your smart phone.

How do I deal with any technical issues that come up?

We will have dedicated technicians on hand throughout the entire duration of the workshop. They will be there to help you manage any issues that may come up and get you back in to the workshop again. Also, if you think there may be a problem, be it with your work access or anything else, you can log in early to check if things are working for you, and be prepared.

There may of course be technical issues that come up on your end, which will be your responsibility to look after. But these are rare and we have an extra handy troubleshooting guide that comes with tips and tricks to deal with any problems.