Head, heart and hands of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) for common mental health problems
A three-day training workshop - Nottingham 4th & 5th November & 2nd December 2019.
Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is an evidence-based psychotherapeutic intervention rooted in the behavioural tradition. Now with over 250 RCTs demonstrating its effectiveness for a wide range of psychological health problems, ACT kits mental health practitioners with a sophisticated set of relevant tools and techniques.
For those therapists already familiar with the application of CBT, REBT, DBT or solution-focused therapy, ACT will sit comfortably alongside your usual ways of working. And yet, ACT offers something distinct and powerful. Parented by contextual behavioural science, ACT adopts a pragmatic approach to human suffering. By concerning itself with 'what works', ACT teaches clients how to increase psychological flexibility. Made-up of six discrete and interrelated behavioural processes, psychological flexibility leads to significant improvements in well-being and functioning at both an individual and interpersonal level.
This workshop will take place across three days - two consecutive days and then a third day four weeks later. This format will give delegates the opportunity to learn enough about ACT so they can begin using it with clients right away. Day three expands the depth and precision of your skills by building on your experiences of putting it into practice.
Days one and two will provide you with an overview of the entire ACT model.
You’ll get to observe and understand the stance of an ACT practitioner, allowing you to embody the processes of ACT as well as learning about how to teach these skills to your clients. You’ll hear about the philosophical and scientific foundations of ACT including the functional behavioural analytic account of the behaviour of language, relational frame theory (RFT). We will move slowly through each of the six processes that make up psychological flexibility so that you get the chance to learn first-hand, how they work, through personal experience. There will be multiple opportunities to practice in pairs and small groups so that you get to try stuff out and receive real-time feedback.
On day three, you’ll build on what you’ve learned. We’ll examine the areas you’ve found tricky and work through them experientially. Anxiety and depression are common presentations of distress in both primary and secondary care and you’ll learn more about how to adapt ACT to these forms of distress so that you can maximise your impact.
Finally, guidance will be given on how to facilitate ACT peer supervision groups so that you can continue your development after completing the course.
This workshop is aimed at beginners or those who know a little about ACT and want to increase their understanding and expertise in delivering ACT.
Hosted by Jim Lucas
Jim is a peer-reviewed ACT Trainer and Teaching Fellow at University of Birmingham on CBT programme. He has taught ACT to 100s of practitioners throughout the UK and he has presented at conferences in UK and abroad. For bookings, please visit: https://www.openforwards.com/intro-training-acceptance-commitment-therapy-act/