Better ACT than react is an Erasmus+ project aimed at improving practices in work with vulnerable groups of young people in the field of development of psychological flexibility, healthy ways of dealing with stress and emotional regulation.
Based on the principles of ACT treatment, we empower people working with vulnerable youth groups to develop psychological flexibility so that they can cope more successfully with stress and protect themselves from burn-out, and moreover transfer those skills to the young people they work with. Also, we will awake awareness of life values in people working with vulnerable youth groups to feel more fulfilled while working with youth.
Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)…
is a form of cognitive-behavioral therapy, an empirically based psychological intervention that uses acceptance and mindfulness strategies with commitment and behavior-change strategies to increase psychological flexibility.
is the ability to stay in contact with the present moment regardless of unpleasant thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations, while choosing one’s behaviors based on the situation and personal values. Studies show that psychological flexibility is associated with quality of life and mental well-being.
Most important project results:
A MOBILE APP
for enhancing psychological flexibility that can be used in 3 ways:
* individual use for youth workers * individual use for the youth themselves * shared use in group work.
A WORKSHOP CURRICULUM
for workshops to develop psychological flexibility in youth that will be used in synergy with the app, so that youth workers can transfer the skills they have acquired to youth in a systematic way.
A JOINT STAFF TRAINING
where youth workers will learn how to use the workshop curriculum, try out the application themselves and develop psychological flexibility skills.