All Kinds of News for June 07, 2017
The famed dictionary publisher Miriam Webster reported the use of the verb “adulting” is up 700% in the last year, which can be directly linked the increase in searches for therapeutic programs that work with emerging adults. On the surface, the word refers to taking responsibility for one’s own life, as well as the ability to deal with the tedium and details of adult life in general.
On June 2, 2017, Living Well Transitions Executive Director Carl Baccellieri presented to a full room at the National Association for Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP), Utah Regional Conference, in Layton, UT. Baccellieri’s presentation, The ACT of Adulting: Showing Up for Life, explored the art of living a life that aligns with one’s established goals and values.
Through the philosophical lens of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Baccellieri outlined the cognitive, behavioral and emotional challenges that get in the way of true adulting, and explored the cycle of shame that results from pervasive experience avoidance.
Baccellieri went on to explain an approach that offers emerging adults an alternative to the all-too-common trap of attempting to “not adult today.” Baccellieri said, “As emerging adults learn to open to their experience as it is, without the attempt to control it, they paradoxically develop the psychological flexibility to move in the direction of what they truly care about.” This, he went on to say, is the foundation for the kind of experience that leads to living a life of meaning, connection and love. “Adulting isn’t so bad, after all,” Baccellieri said.
About Living Well Transitions
Living Well Transitions, in Boulder, CO, has been treating young adults like young adults since 2004, by offering intensive individual and group therapy along with life skills counseling to young adults ages 18-32 in a real-world, independent living environment. Living Well helps clients struggle less by developing self-acceptance, values clarity and the courage to take action, no matter the circumstance, so they can lead purposeful lives in alignment with their core values.