ACT for Adolescents
Treating Teens and Adolescents in Individual and Group Therapy
Published by: New Harbinger Publications
Imprint: Context Press
In this much-needed guide, a clinical psychologist and a social worker provide a flexible, ten-week protocol based in acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) to help adolescents overcome mental health hurdles and thrive.
If you’re a clinician working with adolescents, you understand the challenges this population faces. But sometimes it can be difficult to establish connection in therapy. To help, ACT for Adolescents offers the first effective professional protocol for facilitating ACT with adolescents in individual therapy, along with modifications for a group setting.
In this book, you’ll find invaluable strategies for connecting meaningfully with your client in session, while at the same time arriving quickly and safely to the clinical issues your client is facing. You’ll also find an overview of the core processes of ACT so you can introduce mindfulness into each session and help your client choose values-based action. Using the protocol outlined in this book, you’ll be able to help your client overcome a number of mental health challenges from depression and anxiety to eating disorders and trauma.
If you work with adolescent clients, the powerful and effective step-by-step exercises in this book are tailored especially for you. This is a must-have addition to your professional library.
This book includes audio downloads.
“ACT for Adolescents is a must-read for professionals working with adolescents and their primary caregivers. Turrell and Bell emphasize the acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) view of person-in-environment, linking the interdependence and mutual influence of adolescents in their social and physical environments. This perspective in a helping relationship fosters empowerment, and this book guides a flexible, holistic approach that clinicians working with adolescents will benefit from. Readers will gain novel and practical ACT approaches to working with adolescents.”
—Timothy Gordon MSW, RSW, social worker; ACT instructor at McMaster University in Hamilton, ON, Canada; and peer-reviewed ACT trainer
“Sheri Turrell and Mary Bell have developed a step-by-step approach to using acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) with teenagers, in individual and group treatment, brimming with new exercises and metaphors, and creatively adapted traditional ACT interventions. Amongst the strengths of this book are its integration of self-compassion training and the powerful ACT matrix model.”
—Benjamin Schoendorff, international ACT trainer; director of the Contextual Psychology Institute in Montreal, QC, Canada; and coauthor of The Essential Guide to the ACT Matrix
“ACT for Adolescents is a well-written resource that steps therapists through the hexaflex model, session by session. The authors have a deep understanding of young people and how to approach therapeutic work with them. This book is a way to see the acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) model through the eyes of two experienced adolescent therapists. A practical approach for setting up group and individual therapy with young people.”
—Louise Hayes, PhD, senior fellow at Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health; and The University of Melbourne; and coauthor of The Thriving Adolescent and Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life for Teens
“Hats off to Turrell and Bell for giving us a high-quality manual to support clinicians’ use of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) with adolescents! They’ve tested and refined their interventions over years, and now provide specific instructions on how to use them in both individual and group treatments. The ACTion group protocol follows a ten-session model, and it’s filled with teen-friendly metaphors and supported by online mindfulness exercises. Bravo! Truly what we needed.”
—Patricia J. Robinson, PhD, director of training and program evaluation at Mountainview Consulting Group; international ACT trainer; author of numerous articles, chapters, and books; and coauthor of Inside This Moment and Real Behavior Change in Primary Care
“Turrell and Bell have made a valuable and timely contribution to the field. The authors provide a model that is comprehensive enough in theory and practice to allow a confident foray into using acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) with adolescent clients. At the same time, the program is flexible and not overly prescriptive, which allows the clinician to walk alongside the adolescent wherever they need to go that day in the service of the therapy goals. Clients will feel that the work is being tailored to them in the moment, which it is, and not some imposed system the adolescent is expected to fit into.”
—Christopher McCurry, PhD, clinical child psychologist in private practice, and author of Parenting Your Anxious Child with Mindfulness and Acceptance and Working with Parents of Anxious Children
“Turrell and Bell are adolescent pros! In ACT for Adolescents, they provide a readable, organized, and practical protocol for treating adolescents using acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). They clearly describe sophisticated interventions, and include dozens of powerful and engaging experiential exercises that will surely engage and resonate with young people. This book can be used as a treatment manual, allowing the reader to implement ACT immediately and effectively with teens, with step-by-step instructions to guide the therapist through each session. The entire protocol can be implemented in a group setting, and specific modifications are suggested for group work. The authors are clearly gifted therapists, and their experience, wisdom, and respect for adolescents comes through on every page. Any therapist who works with adolescents will find powerful tools that can be used immediately to improve their outcomes with adolescents in this very accessible book.”
—Britt H. Rathbone, MSSW, LCSW-C, expert adolescent therapist, trainer, author, and coauthor of What Works with Teens, Dialectical Behavior Therapy for At-Risk Adolescents, and Parenting a Teen Who Has Intense Emotions