ACT for Students


  • imagesThe ACT for Students Seminar can be tailored for Years 10, 11 or 12 students.
  • The seminar is  90 to 120 minutes  negotiable with timetable.
  • Sessions are run for girls and boys separately or together.
  • Optional: anonymous survey can be done in the month prior to inform the session.
  • Includes: response to survey concerns, staff consultation, multimedia content,        adolescent development & popular culture considerations, current research and student participation.

ACT – Acceptance and Commitment Training (developed by Stephen Hayes and popularised in Australia by Russ Harris) provides a valuable framework for developing Psychological Flexibility or Emotional Agility. The 6 principles of ACT have been demonstrated to assist with strengthening mental health, depression, anxiety, procrastination and presenteeism. ACT draws on the insights of CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) and Positive Psychology. By helping students develop ACT skills and insights they are better able to manage life’s inevitable challenges and manage their own difficult and painful internal experiences.

The  6 ACT Principles  are presented using the Psychological Flexibility Hexagon:

  1. Contact with the Present Moment: What is really going on here and now?
  2. Values and Goals: What matters? What is your life for? Where are you heading?
  3. Self as Context: Connect with Inner Self, Observer Self, Choosing Self.
  4. Cognitive Defusion: Choose to engage helpful or neglect unhelpful thoughts.
  5. Acceptance: Willingness to expand and sit with painful feelings and move forward.
  6. Committed Workable Action: Choose a doable action to put values into practice.

Full seminar outline and fees can be discussed upon request.