The DNA-v model changes how we work with kids and teens. It gives professionals and parents a dynamic and easy language to talk to kids, to help them practice seeing themselves as more than the negative labels they carry, and helps them with difficult emotions they are having.
Working on the self can be one of the most powerful ways to help adults with personal struggles to become more psychologically flexible, but it’s always been a challenge to help kids do this. DNA-v makes it easier and more fun.
What is the difference between kids and adults? Well, in adult acceptance and commitment therapy we often use quite complex mindfulness exercises to help adults shift perspective, but this approach does not translate developmentally to our work with children. They may be too young to relate these abstract concepts and often do not enjoy long exercises. Many practitioners tell me they just leave out exercises on the self because it’s too complex. That means we are leaving out a very useful piece of the ACT model that creates a lot of flexibility and loosens us from critical labels or difficult histories.
With DNA-v you can use mindfulness and acceptance work on the self in a more holistic and developmentally sensitive way. And, you can give the information directly to parents, so you’ll be helping parents get more flexible too.
Click here to download – DNA-v Self view tip sheet for kids and parents