Pre-teens and adolescents face unique pressures and worries. Will they pass 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, pre-teens and adolescents will begin labelling 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?
This talk will present some powerful techniques for working with older primary school students and adolescents. Based in proven-effective acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), the skills and tips outlined here are designed to help adolescents and teens manage difficult emotions, connect with their values, achieve mindfulness and vitality, and develop positive relationships with friends and family.
Whether it’s school, family, or friend related, pre-teens and 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 older primary school kids or teens, this is a must-have addition to your professional library.
Joseph Ciarrochi is professor at the Institute for Positive Psychology and Education, Australian Catholic University. He has published over 100 scientific journal articles and many books, including the best selling, Get out of your mind and into your life teens, and the widely acclaimed, Mindfulness, Acceptance, and Positive Psychology: the Seven Foundations of Well-Being. His newest international book (with Louise Hayes), the Thriving Adolescent, has been three years in the making and is designed to help therapists, teachers, and school counsellors to use mindfulness and positive psychology approaches to help teens manage emotions, achieve goals, and build social connection. He has been honoured with over four million dollars in research funding. His work has been discussed on T.V., and in magazines, newspaper articles, and radio.
Joseph’s research focuses on identifying how to help people develop flexible strength (also termed psychological flexibility). Flexible strength involves the ability to utilize psychological skills in a way that promotes personal growth and builds vitality and valued action. The psychological skills that support flexible strength have been given many labels, including: mindfulness, emotional awareness, value clarity, self-compassion, growth mindset, creativity, willpower, resilience, persistence, and grit