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Compass Seminars presents Stuff That Sucks delivered by Ben Sedley

Ben will demonstrate and expand on ideas presented in his book ‘Stuff that Sucks’, including:

  • An introduction to the ACT model and how to adapt the core principles of ACT to make it resonate with young people
  • Reconciling developmental challenges of adolescents with ACT ideas, and normalising the range and extent of teen suffering
  • The importance of Validation, Perspective Taking and Metaphor in the therapeutic process
  • Helping young people let go of their struggle against the Stuff that Sucks (self-critical thoughts and painful emotions)
  • Talking about the Stuff that is Here and Now (Mindfulness) in ways that make sense to adolescents
  • Helping young people identify the Stuff that Matters (Values) and ways in which they can move towards these.
  • The importance of involving parents in the therapeutic process and challenging their perceptions of their child’s struggles.
  • Helping clients learn from their experiences and active exercises in session, rather than being taught by a clinician

Throughout the day Ben will punctuate key ACT learning with a combination of experiential exercises, metaphors and clinical examples. This training is suitable for all professionals who work with young people and no previous ACT training is necessary. Participants who have already have some ACT or knowledge and experience will gain new insights into using this framework with young people.


Date: Monday, 25th June, 9am – 4pm

Venue: Mercure Gold Coast Resort, 64 Palm Meadows Drive, Carrara, QLD, 4211

This workshop is also being held in Brisbane and Toowoomba

Cost: Super early bird tickets $199, standard $269

Register: Online