The Thriving Adolescent – New release


The Thriving Adolescent: Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Positive Psychology to Help Teens Manage Emotions, Achieve Goals, and Build Connection

Released November 1st, 2015

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Released November 1st……

The Thriving Adolescent: Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Positive Psychology to Help Teens Manage Emotions, Achieve Goals, and Build Connection

If you work with adolescents, you know they face unique pressures and worries as they try to figure out who they are and what they want to do. Whether related to school, friends, family, or self-identity, the uncertainties and challenges teens experience can be overwhelming, and young people often lack the psychological tools to deal with stress in productive ways. So, what can you do to help adolescents cultivate strengths, overcome negativity, live in the present, and make choices that lead them to realize their full potential?

The Thriving Adolescent offers powerful techniques based in acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and positive psychology to help adolescents manage emotions, connect with their values, utilize mindfulness, and develop healthy relationships. The book includes worksheets, exercises, and scripts focused on helping young people develop the tools they need as they transition into adulthood. This is a must-have resource for anyone working to help adolescents thrive.


“Reading The Thriving Adolescent sets you on a journey into the hearts and minds of young people in a way that is unique, fascinating, and incredibly informative. From the beginning, I felt compelled to reflect upon how, as a therapist, my goal was always to help distressed adolescents adapt to the adult world. This book turns that assumption upside down and asks us instead to help adolescents linger longer in their journey to adulthood by cultivating their abilities to notice what is going on in their world; to detach from destructive, self-focused mental chatter; and to be playful and experimental in their behaviors. Just as it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a prosocial approach like the DNA-V model to give us a sense of direction with a distressed adolescent. This book is packed full of revealing insights, interesting case examples, therapist-client dialogues, practical clinical tips, teaching protocols, and worksheets. All of this is done in an easy- to-read, conversational, and entertaining style. The Thriving Adolescent addresses the social landscape of adolescence, from the intricacies of developing healthy self-narratives to creating naturally occurring prosocial groups that help adolescents discover the prac- tice of kindness to self and others. This book is a must-read for teachers, school counsel- ors, therapists, and anyone else who wants to help teenagers thrive.”

—Kirk Strosahl, PhD, cofounder of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and coauthor of Inside This Moment and In This Moment

“This book breaks new ground in our understanding of how to nurture the development of adolescents. It translates the acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) perspective into a strategy for helping young people develop social and emotional competence. I expect that it will enable schools, families, clinics, juvenile justice works, and communi- ties become much more oriented toward ensuring that young people become caring and productive members of their communities.”

—Anthony Biglan, PhD, senior scientist at Oregon Research Institute, and author of The Nurture Effect

“This is an excellent resource written by two eminent thinkers and skilled practitioners. Every chapter is filled with creative exercises, metaphors for explaining complex ideas, and scripts that can be fine-tuned for each teenager you’re trying to help. With step-by- step strategies, this book is a road map for leading adolescents toward a better life.”

—Todd B. Kashdan, PhD, professor of psychology at George Mason University and coauthor of The Upside of Your Dark Side

“This book is not about psychopathology. It is about that struggle for identity and becom- ing that happens in adolescence. Hayes and Ciarrochi offer a comprehensive develop- mental approach built on the best available science. It contains well-thought-out theory to ground the work and is packed with tools, transcripts, and real-life examples to make it readily accessible to any teacher, counselor, and health care professional.”

—Kelly G. Wilson, PhD, professor of psychology at the University of Mississippi and author of Mindfulness for Two

“How I have longed for this book! It’s an invaluable resource for helping teenagers to grow into their full potential and live life full out. This book is an engaging and clear road map with its practical suggestions, worksheets, exercises, and examples. It’s a must- have for teachers, counselors, and health professionals working with adolescents.”

—Fredrik Livheim, licensed clinical psychologist, clinical researcher on ACT for teens at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden, and coauthor of The Mindful and Effective Employee

“The Thriving Adolescent moves beyond traditional behaviorisms to present a new per- spective on engaging young people in vitalizing relational ways. The book is rich with ideas at the interface between positive psychology and youth development, and with practical strategies for helping young people identify meaningful goals and life values. Hayes and Ciarrochi map out many useful and concrete pathways for adults to build constructive, facilitating relationships with teenagers that can contribute to flourishing on both sides of the dialogue. Definitely advances the field.”

—Richard M. Ryan, professor at the Institute for Positive Psychology and Education at the Australian Catholic University

“The Thriving Adolescent contains a great deal of wisdom and understanding of young people, and a practical approach to working with them in a developmentally attuned way. There are few clear and practical blueprints for this vital work, and the model the authors have crafted will be a useful addition to the repertoire of clinicians.”

—Patrick McGorry, AO, MD, PhD, FRCP, FRANZCP, executive director of Orygen, and professor of youth mental health at the University of Melbourne

“This is a long-needed book. The combination of Hayes’s and Ciarrochi’s expertise in clinical and research work with adolescents contribute to make acceptance and commit- ment therapy (ACT) simple to apply even for those who are new to this third-generation cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) approach. Their DNA-V model is robustly grounded in the ACT research tradition. The authors distill its essence into three core behaviors, making it easy to build psychological flexibility and openness to the world and to any experience (which is basically what is needed by any adolescent in the world). There is no need to be an ACT expert to practice the DNA-V model, but you will become that expert. Exercises and metaphors are specifically tailored within a developmental frame and with adolescence in mind to help the reader become the context that models, insti- gates, and reinforces DNA skills in young people. This book should be read (and prac- ticed) by any person interested in adolescence, or in being a therapist, counselor, teacher, or simply a parent.”

—Giovambattista Presti, associate professor of psychology and coordinator of the undergraduate program in psychology at Kore University of Enna, Italy

“Listen up counselors, teachers, and primary care clinicians. If you care about adolescents and helping them flourish, this book is for you. The authors provide a theoretical basis to support ‘DNA-V conceptualization’ of adolescent evolution, and they make intervention easy with downloadable worksheets. Read it, apply it, and take pride in the fact that you are more able to love, protect, and equip tomorrow’s leaders.”

—Patricia J. Robinson, PhD, director or training at Mountainview Consulting Group, and coauthor of Real Behavior Change in Primary Care

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