An emerging body of research demonstrates the effectiveness of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) in the treatment of adults.

While there are comparatively fewer empirical studies of populations of children and young people, the past few years has seen burgeoning research interest in the utility of ACT for problems in this population.


SES 4 Life Model

The Model SES 4 Life use is based primarily on the work of Louise Hayes who developed a model of ACT for young people called DNA-v.

We also incorporate elements of Positive Psychology from people such as Martin Seligman's PERMA Model and the work of Prof. Steve Peters work on the Chimp Model. Please see links below.


Louise L. Hayes, Phd.

Louise L. Hayes, Ph.D., is a Clinical Psychologist, a Senior Fellow at The University of Melbourne and Orygen Youth Health, a peer-reviewed Acceptance and Commitment Therapy/Training (ACT) trainer, an author and an international speaker. She is currently the President Elect of the Association for Contextual Behavioural Science and the coauthor of the best-selling books; Get Out of Your Mind and into your Life for Teenagers: A Guide to Living an Extraordinary Life, and The Thriving Adolescent: Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Positive Psychology to Help Teens Manage Emotions, Achieve Goals, and Build Connection. With a firm belief that young people deserve to learn the skill that enable then to flourish and thrive, over several decades Louise’s work has focused relentlessly on helping the youth of today live a life with meaning, purpose and value.

Martin Seligman

Flourish, the first book to present his dynamic new concept of what well-being really is.

Traditionally, the goal of psychology has been to relieve human suffering, but the goal of the Positive Psychology movement, which Dr Seligman has led for 15 years, is different - it's about actually raising the bar for the human condition.

Steve Peters

The Chimp Paradox is an incredibly powerful mind management model that can help you become a happy, confident, healthier and more successful person.

Prof Steve Peters explains the struggle that takes place within your mind and then shows how to apply this understanding to every area of your life