The Institute for Better Health in joint-sponsorship with Praxis Continuing Education & Training

DNA-V for Young People

Louise Hayes, PhD & Joseph Ciarrochi, PhD

16 CE/CME credits available
Please read the complete course information below prior to registering.

Target Audience:

DNA-V will be useful to virtually anyone whose work involves helping young people reach their full potential, including clinicians, mental health professionals, teachers, coaches, behavior analysts, social workers, and others.

No previous experience with DNA-V or ACT is required. This course introduces the DNA-V model in a practical, easy-to-follow way and gives members the skills, knowledge, and tools to begin using it with young clients no matter their therapeutic background. This is a beginner-level activity.

Schedule: (16 hours total)

1. Introduction to the DNA-V model, the basics of the DNA-V disk, introduction to functional contextualism, how to do a case conceptualization (123 Min)
2. Definition of “values”, the difference between values and outcomes, the benefits of values work with young people, the 6 ways to well-being, the benefits of prosocial values in young people (138 Min)
3. What are noticer skills, how to normalize a client’s feelings, ways to help young people build skills for dealing with big emotions (130 Min)
4. What is the adviser and how it develops, 5 steps to working with the adviser with young people, Relational Frame Theory (RFT) (131 Min)
5. What is the discoverer, how to help young people develop discoverer skills, how to use the willingness scale (136 Min)
6. The meaning of self-view in the context of DNA-V, how to help young people move from a fixed to a flexible self-view (82 Min)
7. The meaning of social view in the context of DNA-V, how to help young people build skills to deal with bullies and other difficult people, how to help young people build friendship skills (100 Min)
8. Parent values, how to work with relationship problems between a child and parent, how to bring parents alongside in helping young people (120 Min)

Overall Objectives:

At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:

1. Describe an overview of the DNA-V model
2. Define functional contextualism and why it is so important for ACT work
3. Define values in a way that is consistent with RFT and the ACT models
4. Describe three ways to perform a values intervention with young people
5. Describe noticing as a class of behaviors
6. List and apply three noticing interventions with young people
7. Describe advisor as a class of behaviors
8. List and apply three advisor interventions with a young person
9. Demonstrate how development impacts discoverer behaviors
10. Describe how a young person can track their behaviors
11. Describe what “self-view” is in DNA-V
12. Discuss how to assess the “self” in a young person
13. Describe what “social view” is in DNA-V
14. Discuss how to assess the social view a young person has
15. Use DNA-V with parents, and with parent-teen dyads

Grievance Procedures for CE/CME Activities

Should a participant in the course be unsatisfied with the course, the participant should immediately contact our customer support team to file a grievance. Within five days, a customer support team member will contact the participant by email and/or phone and attempt to resolve the issue.

We will investigate and assess the issue from the perspective of the participant and every effort will be made to resolve the issue. If the issue is not resolved to the satisfaction of the participant, the participant will be offered a refund per the Refund and Cancellation Policy guidelines.

To file a grievance, please contact us at

ADA Accommodations

To request accommodations for disabilities, please contact Praxis Continuing Education at

Contact Information:

The DNA-V for Young People team can be contacted at

Praxis Continuing Education
5674 Shattuck Avenue
Oakland, CA 94609 USA

CE/CME Information:

This is a non-live distancing learning course that is jointly sponsored by Praxis CET and The Institute Better Health (IBH). This course is approved for 16 CE hours. The continuing education program has been approved by the organizations listed below.

Institute for Better Health maintains responsibility for:

EDUCATORS: Institute for Better Health has been approved by the Washington State Professional Educator Standards Board (WESPSB), a member of NASDTEC, as a Clock Hour Provider for Educators. Learners may claim 1 clock hour per contact hour for this activity. Please contact your individual state boards for information regarding reciprocity and any additional requirements.

NURSES: Institute for Better Health, Inc is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. Provider approved by the CA Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP#2672) for 16 CEHs.

PHYSICIANS: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Institute for Better Health and Praxis Continuing Education and Training. The Institute for Better Health is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The Institute for Better Health designates this internet enduring material for a maximum of 16 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity

PSYCHOLOGISTS: Institute for Better Health is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Institute for Better Health maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Praxis CET maintains responsibility for:

BEHAVIOR ANALYSTS: PraxisCET is an approved BACB ACE Provider # OP-17-2718. 

SUBSTANCE ABUSE COUNSELORS: This course has been approved by Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for 16 CE hours. NAADAC Provider #165310, Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc, is responsible for all aspects of its programming.

NATIONAL COUNSELORS: Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc. has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6759. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc. is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

NY COUNSELORS: Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0198. This course is approved for 16 CE hours.

NY PSYCHOLOGISTS: Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0002. This course is approved for 16 CE hours.

NY SOCIAL WORK: Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0467. This course is approved for 16 CE hours for clinical social work.

SOCIAL WORKERS – Please note: In many states, you may be able to self-submit this course to your board. Many states have reciprocity with other approvals offered for this course such as APA, NBCC, or NY State Social Work. Please check with your individual board for further information on what is acceptable. Currently, national social work credit is pending approval. Please check back for updated information.

NOTE: Many state boards accept offerings accredited by national or other state organizations. If your state is not listed, please check with your professional licensing board to determine whether the accreditations listed are accepted.

CE Course Launch Date: 6/2021

Expiration Date/Next scheduled review date: 6/2024

Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships

The Institute for Better Health Inc. and Praxis CET are responsible for the content, quality, and scientific integrity of all CE/CME activities certified for credit. When an educational activity is offered for medical (CME), Nursing (ANCC), and/or Psychology (APA) continuing education credit, participants must be informed as to the source, amount, nature, and disposition of any funding used to support the activity, whether in the form of educational grants, cash contributions, or in-kind contributions. Individuals in a position to influence course content must also disclose whether they have one or more relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies.

We define ineligible companies as those whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients. There is no minimum financial threshold; individuals must disclose all financial relationships, regardless of the amount, with ineligible companies. We ask that discloses are made regardless of whether the individual views the financial relationships as relevant to the education. For more information on the Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education, please visit

All those in a position to control the content of an education activity are asked to disclose any relevant financial relationships they have with any ineligible companies. 

There is no commercial support for this activity.

None of the planners for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s) to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

How to Obtain Your CE/CME Certificate:

After completing the course, please follow these steps to access your course evaluation, post-test (when applicable), and CE certificate. To receive credit, you must complete the course in full, pass the post-test with an average score of 80% or higher, and complete the course evaluation. No partial credit will be awarded. Please read through all of the instructions below before proceeding.  

  1. Once you have completed all the modules and have taken the post-test for each module, go to the “Evaluation” tab on the course menu.
  2. If you have passed the post-tests with an average score of 80% or higher, the course feedback evaluation will be made available to you on the Evaluation page. You will be allowed to retake each post-test only once if you do not pass with an 80% or higher average.
  3. After submitting the feedback evaluation, a button will appear that will allow you to download your certificate.

We encourage members to submit the feedback evaluation within 6 months of course completion to earn their CE certificate.

Technical Requirements:

In order to complete this course, attendees will need: 

  • A computer with a monitor, keyboard, and a mouse or a mobile device/tablet
  • Speakers/headphones: either built‐in to your computer/device or external (plugged into your computer)
  • An internet connection, either wired or wireless. A minimum connection speed of 3 megabits is required to stream clear, standard definition video.
  • The course is supported on most up-to-date internet browsers (Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Brave, etc.)
  • A PDF viewer such as Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • An email address
  • [Optional] An mp3 media player (such as iTunes/Windows Media Player) to listen to downloadable audio exercises. These are also available within the members area so this is not a strict requirement.
  • [Optional] A printer or access to a printer (to print any of the PDFs, if desired)
  • [Optional] A Facebook account for access to the DNA-V for Young People community group

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