The Youth Model of Acceptance, Mindfulness, and Positive Psychology

CE Hours available ( How do I get my CE? )
Louise Hayes, PhD Founder of DNA-v, author, and clinical psychologist

About This Course

This online, self-paced course will introduce you to DNA-v — the youth model of acceptance and commitment therapy. The course is designed to give therapists, teachers, counsellors and coaches practical skills to helping young people to thrive and have greater psychological flexibility and strength. DNA-v's 8 modules of video, written material, and quizzes are accessed through your web browser - there's no attendance to take, and the course remembers your progress so you can pick up where you left off whenever it's convenient.


Unit 1: Noticer as the Foundation for All Humans
Unit 2: Values Connect Us to Meaning and Vitality
Unit 3: The Advisor Helps Us Find Our Way
Unit 4: The Discoverer Helps Us Learn and Grow
Unit 5: DNA-v in Actions
Unit 6: Developing a Flexible Self-View
Unit 7: Relationships: Friendship and Love are in our DNA
Unit 8: Building Strong Social Networks with DNA-v

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:
  1. Conceptualize and assess “functionally “emotion regulation problems within an ACT frame.
  2. Apply specific 6 core ACT processes when working with clients struggling with emotion regulation problems.
  3. Demonstrate how to connect 6 ACT core processes in a roadmap for emotion regulation.
  4. Describe the similarities and differences between traditional behavioral exposure (inhibitory learning model) and ACT-based exposure.
  5. Assess “functional” OCD and anxiety problems.
  6. Deliver ACT-consistent exposures for clients struggling with OCD and anxiety disorder.
  7. Discriminate function versus form when working with clients with unique clinical presentations such as OCD, anxiety, and emotion regulation.
  8. Discuss targeted ACT processes for exposure and emotion regulation in relationship to the hexaflex.

Continuing Education

Please review complete CE and conflict-of-interest disclosure information prior to registering. This course is jointly sponsored by Praxis CET and Institute for Better Health (IBH) and is approved for 16 CE Hours by the following:

  • NBCC – National Counselors
  • NY State – Counselors and Social Workers
  • Other State Level Counselors, MFTs, and Social Workers
  • WESPSB – Educators
  • APA - Psychologist: Institute for Better Health, Inc is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education for psychologists. Institute for Better Health, Inc maintains responsibility for the program and its content.




The course is suitable for all professionals (beginner-advanced level) interested in working with young people 12 to 24. This includes teachers, counselors, psychologists, social workers, youth workers etc.

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Refund and Cancellation Policy

We understand, sometimes things come up!

Praxis will offer a full refund to registrants of both live and live-online trainings who cancel their registration up to 14 days before the course or workshop start date, minus an administrative processing fee of $30 for a 2-day workshop or online course, and a $50 fee for a 4-day workshop. If cancelled within 14 days, no refund will be issued, however, a credit for the same amount will be applied toward another learning product, which expires within 1 year. Please contact us at events@praxiscet.com to cancel a registration.