An introduction to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for complete newbies. If you've had little or no ACT training before, this is the place to start.
Do you work with people in a helping or caring role? Do you have an interest in mindfulness and acceptance? Are you interested in expanding your practice with new and exciting ways of being of service to the people you work with? Then come and dip your toe in the water and see if ACT will help supercharge your work with other people. ACT aims to offer a science-based model to better meet the challenge of coping with the human condition. It is a unique transdiagnostic psychological intervention that comes from the contextual behavioural science tradition. ACT uses acceptance and mindfulness strategies, together with behaviour change strategies, to increase psychological flexibility. It is concerned with helping individuals identify what is important to them and how they can take committed action towards having a vital and meaningful life. Rather than focussing on reducing ‘symptoms’ or changing thoughts, ACT promotes skills that help people develop a more helpful relationship with their inner experience.
With over 1000 randomised controlled trials attesting to its efficacy, it is rapidly developing a wide-ranging evidence base across numerous areas of clinical practice, not just in mental health but also in physical health, coaching, values-based businesses, and any work where behaviour change is a goal.
During this four-session online workshop you will:
- Learn the key concepts of the ACT model and the underlying science of relational frame theory
- Learn how to engage your clients in exploring what really matters with a view to driving purposeful life change
- Develop a toolkit of new techniques to work with difficult thoughts and feelings
- Learn to use mindfulness and other skills to help clients connect with present moment experiences
The workshop will be highly interactive, involving a variety of methods including didactic teaching, experiential exercises, group work, and live/video demonstrations of therapeutic interventions.
This workshop is aimed at people who are working with others in any kind of caring/helping capacity, with the intent to facilitate behaviour change. No previous knowledge of ACT will be assumed.
19 and 26 February, 4 and 11 March 2024, 7-10pm