Living BIG - Using ACT to define healthy boundaries

ACT Workshop - June 2024

Course Summary


Do you use ACT with people who find it hard to set healthy boundaries with others?  Do you struggle with the same yourself? Does fusion with blame and other stories lead to getting overwhelmed by unwanted emotions like guilt, shame, or anger?  Would you like to get better at helping yourself and others set more workable boundaries with a greater sense of generosity and compassion?  

Inspired by Brene Brown's concept of 'Living BIG', this workshop, suitable for practitioners at any stage of their ACT journey, will focus on integrating key practical and philospophical principles into their ACT work.  It will incorporate some didactic teaching and experiential exercises, inviting participants to consider a contextual behavioural approach to the boundary issues that arise in the therapy room.  Delegates will also have the opportunity to ask questions and/or discuss their own cases.  

Learning Objectives

Through attendance at this workshop delegates will be able to:
- Integrate some key principles of moral philosophy within a contextual behavioural approach to boundary setting
- Assess the utility of applying the aforementioned principles in their own lives, or in the lives of the people to whom they offer services
- Undertake a compassion-focussed  interventions to help themselves or others to defuse from blame and other unhelpful stories


7 June 2024, 3pm-5pm BST (GMT+1). The live session recording will be available until 31/12/2024.


£35 (plus VAT)

Course Curriculum

Richard Bennett & Dawn Johnson

Dr 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 Techniques, The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Self-Esteem, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: Responses to Frequently Asked Questions

Dr Dawn Johnson works as a Clinical Psychologist in private practice, offering therapy, teaching, training, supervision, and consultation. In a long NHS career, she gained extensive experience of adapting and differentiating ACT and other contextual behavioural interventions to work with people with intellectual disabilities, neuro-diversity, people in acute psychological distress, enduring mental health presentations, and the general public. Dawn also uses ACT systemically, having been involved in providing interventions and consultations with families, carers, non-health professionals and with NHS staff at an organisational level. She regularly delivers ACT training and ACT-informed staff wellbeing workshops. Dawn is an active member of ACBS as a board member of the UK and Ireland Chapter, and as a member of various strategic committees. She is the co-author of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: Responses to Frequently Asked Questions

Highly Recommended Course. Easy to Understand, Informative, Very Well Organized. The Course is Full of Practical and Valuable for Anyone who wants to Enhance their Skills. Really Enjoyed it. Thank you!!

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