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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

What is ACT?

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a form of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. ACT gets its name from its core message: accept what is out of your personal control, and commit to taking action that enriches your life. The aim of ACT is to help us to create a rich, full and meaningful life, while accepting the pain and stress life can bring.


When ACT is useful

ACT can help young people to:

  • Learn psychological skills to handle difficult thoughts and feelings effectively, in such a way that they have much less impact and influence –these are known as mindfulness skills.
  • Clarify what’s truly important and meaningful – that is, clarify their values – and use that knowledge to guide, inspire and motivate a young person to set goals and take action that enriches their life.


How we monitor and evaluate progress

This intervention is monitored and evaluated using Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaires (SDQ) or Target Monitoring Evaluation (TME), specific relevant assessments, or the school’s usual monitoring processes.


What sessions look like

This intervention is usually carried out on a 1:1 basis over a course of 8 – 10 weeks. An ACT art group intervention is also offered.

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