The Thriving Adolescent: Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Positive Psychology to Help Teens Manage Emotions, Achieve Goals, and Build Connection

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New Harbinger Publications, Nov 1, 2015 - Psychology - 224 pages
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Adolescents face unique pressures and worries. Will they pass high school? Should they go to college? Will they find love? And what ways do they want to act in the world? The uncertainty surrounding the future can be overwhelming. Sadly, and all too often, if things don’t go smoothly, adolescents will begin labeling themselves as losers, unpopular, unattractive, weird, or dumb. And, let’s not forget the ubiquitous ‘not good enough’ story that often begins during these formative years. These labels are often carried forward throughout life. So what can you do, now, to help lighten this lifelong burden?

The Thriving Adolescent offers teachers, counselors, and mental health professionals powerful techniques for working with adolescents. Based in proven- effective acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), the skills and tips outlined in this book will help adolescents and teens manage difficult emotions, connect with their values, achieve mindfulness and vitality, and develop positive relationships with friends and family. The evidence-based practices in this book focus on developing a strong sense of self, and will give adolescents the confidence they need to make that difficult transition into adulthood.

Whether it’s school, family, or friend related, adolescents experience a profound level of stress, and often they lack the psychological tools to deal with stress in productive ways. The skills we impart to them now will help set the stage for a happy, healthy adulthood. If you work with adolescents or teens, this is a must-have addition to your professional library.


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Love this book and the DNA-V model - a simple yet profound way of working with young people to help them unhook from unhelpful thoughts and feelings, appreciate the moment, discover their values and strengths, move towards what they choose to care about, and ultimately create a fulfilling, extraordinary life.
The book provides just enough theory to be useful, without getting bogged down in scientific jargon and minutiae. The majority of text is devoted to practical clinical skills and exercises, accompanied by lots of useful worksheets (via the website The focus on helping young people learn skills for self-acceptance and compassion, as well as skills for building healthy friendships, is particularly welcome.
Highly recommended!!!
Dr Kingsley Mudd, headspace Townsville, Australia


Values Help Us Connect to Meaning and Vitality
The Advisor Helps Us Efficiently Find Our
The Noticer Helps Us Appreciate and Choose
The Discoverer Helps Us Develop and Grow
Returning to Values and Committing to Action
Bringing DNAV Together to Develop Flexible Strength
Advanced Skills Applying DNAV to Our Self and Our Social
Developing Flexible SelfView
From SelfAbuse to SelfCompassion
Friendship and Love Are in Our
Building Strong Social Networks
Eight Tips for Becoming a DNAV Expert
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Louise L. Hayes, PhD, is an international ACT trainer and speaker; she is also a clinical psychologist, and researcher with the University of Melbourne and Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health in Australia. She has published research trials using ACT for young people, and is coauthor of Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life for Teens. She is dedicated to helping young people and their families live well. Joseph Ciarrochi, PhD, is a professor at the Institute of Positive Psychology and Education at the Australian Catholic University, and coauthor of Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life for Teens. He has published over 100 scientific journal articles and many books, including the widely acclaimed Emotional Intelligence in Everyday Life and Mindfulness, Acceptance, and Positive Psychology. He has been honored with over four million dollars in research funding. His work has been discussed on TV and radio, and in magazines and newspaper articles. Foreword writer Steven C. Hayes, PhD, is Foundation Professor of Psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno. He is author of Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life

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