This one day workshop provides an introduction to the ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) model, its evidence base and some of its applications within schools to improve the wellbeing of both students and staff. During the morning session, participants will be supported in engaging in exercises that enable a deeper, experiential understanding of the model and its core principles. The latter part of the day introduces participants to two key ways in which ACT can be usefully applied within schools and educational settings:
- To improve the emotional wellbeing of students. Here, participants will be introduced to a variation of ACT that has been designed specifically for children and young people: the DNA-V (Discoverer, Noticer, Advisor – Values) model.
- To improve the wellbeing of school staff. Here participants will be introduced to a three-session ACT-based intervention that has been shown over 12-years of research to be of considerable benefit to the wellbeing of staff within organisations, including schools.
ACT is a highly effective model for improving emotional health and wellbeing for a range of different types of mental health diagnoses. Interventions informed by the ACT model are not only effective in promoting the wellbeing of those with specific diagnoses. It has also been shown to improve the wellbeing of general populations. With around 3000 empirical studies to support its effectiveness to date, the ACT model can also be used with children and young people who are experiencing anxiety, low self-esteem and self-limiting beliefs. ACT is a trans-diagnostic approach, belonging to the broad church of Cognitive-Behavioural Approaches.
By the end of the course, participants will have an understanding of the ACT model and its broad evidence base. Participants will also have an understanding of some of its useful applications in schools, with staff and with children & young people.
All professionals and staff members involved in the delivery, and/or supervision, of interventions designed to improve and promote social, emotional and mental health.