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Flexibility and Wonder: An Introduction to the DNAV Model for Promoting Social and Emotional Wellbeing in Children
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for children and adolescents requires developmental sensitivity and individualization of treatment protocols to meet each child’s needs in terms of language development and other deficits and challenges. This workshop will introduce participants to a model of ACT specifically designed for use with children and adolescents. The DNAV (Hayes & Ciarrochi, 2015) is a non-pathology based, developmentally sensitive, contextual behavioral science model for promoting the social and emotional wellbeing of children and adolescents. The model can be flexibly integrated and adapted by practitioners, educators, and caregivers across settings with children of all ages, however; this workshop will focus specifically on adaptations for young children (i.e., under 12). Participants will be introduced to the model and walked through the process of case conceptualization, treatment planning and implementation from a DNAV perspective. Adaptations for children with a variety of developmental, social, emotional and behavioral challenges will be explored. We will emphasize the benefits of combining DNAV with traditional ABA strategies to further promote new, adaptive learning and flexibility that allows children and their families to adapt to life challenges in the service of building a rich and meaningful life. Learning will be achieved through didactic presentation, experiential exercises, modeling, role-play, group exercises, and case examples.
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