From self-esteem to self-acceptance...via RFT

ACT Workshop - December 2024

Course Summary


Contemporary approaches to self-esteem have moved on from 'boosting self-esteem' interventions to promoting self-acceptance.  Self-acceptance involves adopting a more holistic approach to the self, and owning our thoughts and feelings, rather than letting them own us. Obstacles to self-acceptance include a self-relationship characterised by a dominant self-concept that precludes or limits emotional health and values-based actions.

RFT-informed selfing interventions that work to reduce the dominance of unhelpful self-concepts are key to increasing flexibility and laying a foundation for self-acceptance.  Based on the model outlined in the book, The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Self Esteem, (New Harbinger, 2020), co-authored with Joe Oliver, Richard will train participants on one component of RFT-informed ACT practice: how to strengthen hierarchical framing and flexible perspective taking in relation to an unhelpful dominant self-concept.

There will be an emphasis on case conceptualisation and skill development to build skills in clear and measurable ways when working to promote self-acceptance. The workshop will use case studies and live demonstrations to give concrete examples of how this work can be conducted to maximise opportunities for functional change.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion, participants will be able to:  
- Explain the key principles of RFT and hierarchical deictic relations as they apply to self-acceptance.
- Apply knowledge of the functional relationships between the self and an unhelpful dominant self-concept to develop an over-arching metaphor to aid case conceptualisation.
- Use perspective taking and hierarchical framing techniques to loosen attachment to unhelpful self-concepts and promote self-acceptance.  


6 December 2024, 10am-12pm


£35 (plus VAT)

Course Curriculum

Richard Bennett

Richard Bennett works as a Clinical Psychologist and Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist and as an Associate Professor in Psychology at the University of Birmingham. He worked in adult and forensic mental health services in the NHS for over 20 years before setting up Think Psychology, an independent psychology practice offering, therapy, supervision, and training. Richard is also an active member of the Association for Contextual Behavioural Sciences (ACBS) and the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy (BABCP). He is recognised as a BABCP accredited psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer, and an ACBS Peer-reviewed ACT trainer. He is the co-author of Acceptance & Commitment Therapy: 100 Key Points and TechniquesThe Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Self-Esteem, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: Responses to Frequently Asked Questions

Excellent training. I feel more confident in applying ACT with clients. It really resonated with me as an approach. It makes sense. That says it all.

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