About Us

louise hayes profile pic copyDr Louise Hayes, Clinical Psychologist, MAPS, B.A., B.App.Sci (Hons), PhD (Clinical), Fellow ACBS

Louise is a world expert in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy/Training (ACT) for young people and the co-author of the best selling book, Get Out of Your Mind and Into your Life for Teenagers: A Guide to Living an Extraordinary Life, and the newly released book, The Thriving Adolescent: Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Positive Psychology to Help Teens Manage Emotions, Achieve Goals, and Build Connection

Louise uses ACT with young people in schools and clinical settings. She is a clinical psychologist, peer reviewed ACT trainer, an academic, author, speaker and active philanthropist.

Key aspects of Louise’s work:

  • Regular training and workshops nationally and internationally – for dates visit www.louisehayes.com.au
  • ACT peer reviewed trainer conducting professional development for teachers, psychologists, counsellors, and professionals who work with young people.
  • Author of the best selling book Get Out of Your Mind and Into your Life for Teenagers: A Guide to Living an Extraordinary Life.
  • Author of the new counselling manual, The Thriving Adolescent: Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Positive Psychology to Help Teens Manage Emotions, Achieve Goals, and Build Connection
  • An academic and researcher at the Orygen Centre for Excellence in Youth Mental Health at The University of Melbourne
  • A fellow of the Association for Contextual Behavioural Science (ACBS)
  • Current president of the Australian and New ZealandAssociation for Contextual Behavioural Science (ACBS)
  • A clinical psychologist in private practice at The Elms Family Medical Centre in Bacchus Marsh Victoria
  • Conducts philanthropic work, visiting Nepal regularly to support a public health mission in a remote village as well as training professionals in Nepal who are working with young people.

 

joseph-ciarrochi-223x300Dr Joe Ciarrochi, PhD Professor, Institute for Positive Psychology and Education, Australian Catholic University

Dr. Joe Ciarrochi, Professor of Psychology in the Institute for Positive Psychology and Education, Australian Catholic University., NSW, is a dynamic and entertaining ACT trainer, a pioneering ACT researcher, and the acclaimed co-author of “A CBT Practitioner’s Guide to ACT: How to bring the gap between Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.” He is a talented and inspiring trainer, whose excellent sense of humour ensures that his workshops are not only practical, but also a lot of fun.

Key aspects of Joseph’s work:

  • Joseph has researched the application of ACT with a wide variety of populations, including adolescents, people diagnosed with cancer, and organizations (such as the NSW police force).
  • He has published over 80 papers, books and book chapters, and his papers on emotional intelligence are amongst the most cited in the world.
  • He currently has over 1 million in nationally competitive funding to investigate the development of character strength and well-being in adolescence.
  • In 2011, he won a prestigious Australian Research Council Future Fellow, which recognizes him as one of the top scientists in the country.
  • Along with Russ Harris and Ann Bailey, he is co-author of the forthcoming self-help book ‘The Weight Escape’.
  • With Louise Hayes and Ann Bailey, he is co-author of the adolescent self-help book for teenagers, ‘Get Out Of Your mind And Into Your Life For Teens’.
  • With Louise Hayes he is co-author of the adolescent self-help book for teenagers, ‘The Thriving Adolescent: Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Positive Psychology to Help Teens Manage Emotions, Achieve Goals, and Build Connection