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Can DNA-v

Can DNA-v is a unique tried and tested programme that meets school wellbeing needs, informed by Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy developed by Elevate through our experience and expertise of working with young people. Can DNA-v has proven to change lives, giving young people the self-regulation and emotional coping skills to manage their well-being. Can DNA-v can be delivered by Elevate staff or schools can purchase a fully comprehensive easy to use set of teachers notes and student workbooks linked to the Well-being Area of the Welsh Curriculum to deliver in-school

“We received feedback from the pupils that Can DNA-v has helped them more than any therapist or counsellor. I’m so glad you showed me how to use Can DNA-v, as I can reintroduce the advisor, noticer, and discoverer to them again, and they can carry on using these coping skills” Stanwell School Coach.

This group and one-to-one wellbeing coaching programme as a whole is designed to support the young person with developing a sense of purpose, meaning and self-esteem in a world where uncertainty, fast-paced change, peer pressure and the many voices of media can stifle their exploration of fulfilment and the freedom to develop a healthy, individual sense of identity.

The opportunity is given to the young person to explore the concept of personal success in a holistic fashion, with the main focus given to well-being; dovetailing with Martin Seligman’s PERMA (Positive Emotion, Relationships, Meaning and Accomplishment) model (Seligman, 2011). Elevate originally developed the positive psychology based Can-Do coaching programme that supported young people to develop resilience and improved their self-esteem.

DNA-v has an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) framework which enables the young person to meet life’s challenges with more self-awareness and a deeper understanding of how our mind, brain and body work together. ACT is a branch of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and is underpinned by Cognitive Behaviour Science (CBS). ACT is oriented in mindfulness and commitment to personal values.

Young participants develop self-regulation and self-management skills that become embedded through the wellbeing coaching and also develop some understanding of psycho-social factors. The programme is trauma informed, and hones in how to get the healthy -self to be the focus of the young person’s life so they can move towards holistic wellbeing and achieve meaningful goals

Elevate has developed a comprehensive easy to use resource pack for schools. This pack contains lesson plans, teachers notes, power-point presentations and a student workbook. We have also included relevant evaluation measures and mapped the learning outcomes to accredited qualifications and the evaluation to the Well-being Area of the Welsh Curriculum for easy reporting to Estyn. We offer training on how to implement Can-DNA-v in your school or in your youth work.

Purchase our packs, workbooks and bundles in either English or Welsh.

Educators Pack / Welsh - Educators Pack

Student Workbook / Welsh - Student Workbook

Educators Pack & Student Workbook Bundle / Welsh Educators Pack & Student Workbook Bundle

If you want Elevate staff to deliver Can DNA-v to your pupils in school, we charge an affordable fee informed by up-to-date supply teacher rates. All income generated is used to fulfil our charitable aims. If you want to know more, get in touch


"We have seen a significant drop in referrals to the counsellors as a direct result of the work and support given to the students by Elevate."

SN Wellbeing Manager WHS

"It helped me to think more positively and if things don’t go well in life, try and resolve it by doing something different and not to give up"

AC (Girl Year 11)

"I found that talking through some issues and receiving genuine advice and learning things helped me be more positive in life"

CF (Girl Year 11)

"It helped me with my anxiety"

HR (Boy Year 9)

"I‘m just more happier now and it helped me to keep calm"

LH (Boy Year 10)

"It taught me to be myself and be more confident"

SA (Girl Year 10)

"In the C-Do Coaching pupils were asked to reflect on their issues and were encouraged to communicate their thoughts about how they could take ownership of improving their situations and to take ownership of the issues that needed addressing and set targets for themselves with the guidance of the C-Do Coach."