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School counsellors

Day 1  


  • A brief overview of the philosophical background to ACT 

  • The basic building blocks of Relational Frame Theory - the model underpinning ACT

  • A detailed and experiential outline of the six processes of the ACT model.  The aim will be that attendees will connect with each of these processes from the inside.

  • A walk through of things to consider for assessment and workability (inc ‘creative hopelessness’).

  • Starting to understand how these processes can be explored with young people. 

  • How to start to formulate cases using the ACT model – including small group role-/real-plays.

  • An introduction to the ACT Matrix – a tool for formulating struggle alongside the client, and also looking at our own ‘stuff’.


Day 2 


  • The language of ACT with young people 

  • How to explore ‘what matters’ with young people 

  • Using the matrix flexibly with young people 

  • The emerging adolescent brain and how to help young people relate more skilfully to thoughts and feelings.

  • A discussion around how to bring ACT into the wider school community. 

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