BPS Approved Certificate in Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Approved by the British Psychological Society for the purposes of Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

2 modules 5 days 39 hours

This 5 day Certificate is Approved by The British Psychological Society and has reached the requirements for the BPS’ 5 Standards.

The Certificate consists of 3 components:

ACT combines “acceptance and mindfulness strategies mixed in different ways with commitment and behaviour-change strategies, to increase psychological flexibility”. This helps clients to open up to unpleasant thoughts and feelings without over-reaction or avoidance. It has been utilised in fields as diverse as pain management, trauma and depression.

This Certificate in Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) focuses on the core skills of ACT as developed by Professor Steve Hayes. The course is designed to provide a detailed training in the “taught elements” of ACT as well as guidance support in its practical application and maintenance through the 3 Day ACT Practitioner’s Toolkit which will examine its use with case discussion.

To obtain the BPS Approved Certificate each delegate will need to attend the modules of the Certificate plus pass the online test with min 80% result.

Learning outcomes and objectives:

  • Delegates will learn the ACT basics including the ACT model of human suffering and its model of growth
  • Delegates will learn how to construct a Basic and an Advanced ACT formulation
  • Delegates will learn the philosophical and scientific underpinnings of ACT
  • Delegates will learn how to engage clients with a new approach – Creative Hopelessness
  • Delegates will learn how to “walk the hexaflex”
  • Delegates will learn the key roles of Values, Cognitive Defusion, Observer-self, Present Moment Awareness and Committed Action
  • Delegates will learn how to adapt the delivery of ACT in different modalities
  • Delegates will learn how to make a Functional Analysis of their own practice
  • Delegates will learn a Process based approach for structuring their Interventions
  • Delegates will identify their own barriers as a therapist and how to address them
  • Delegates will learn Relational Frame Theory (RFT) and how to use it in practice
  • Delegates will be able to learn how create and use metaphors in therapy
  • Delegates will learn how to use the Three Opportunities model with clients

Who is the target audience?

Psychologists, Therapists, Counsellors, OTs, Nurses, Doctors, Arts Therapist, Social Workers, Probation Officers.

Module 1

ACT Introductory Course Acceptance & Commitment Therapy - 2 Days, 14 Hours

Module 2

ACT Practitioner’s Toolkit and How To Use It - 3 days 21 hours

SDS Accreditation in ACT, Level 1 (Foundation) is the level of accreditation you obtain by attending the SDS’ ACT Introductory Course (2 days) via live training or live/recorded webcast. This level of accreditation gives you a Certificate of Attendance, as well as access to the course materials and other resources, and enables you to state in your CV that you have SDS Accreditation in DBT Level 1 (Foundation). Your accreditation currently lasts for 3 years, after which you cannot make the above statements and access course resources. This level of accreditation is renewable by sitting an online refresher course or attending a live course/webcast.

SDS Accreditation in ACT, Level 2 (Advanced Assessed Academic Competence) means you have undertaken training as in Level 1, completed the training course within the Module 2 of the ACT Certificate and also passed the online exam.

This level of accreditation gives you a Certificate of Completion with Advanced Assessed Academic Competence, as well as access to the course materials and other resources. It also enables you to state in your CV that you have SDS Accreditation in ACT Level 2 (Advanced Assessed Academic Competence) and can use qualification, ACTAccred. (AAAC) in your title.

Your accreditation currently lasts for 3 years, and is renewable by sitting an online refresher or attending a live course/webcast. Successful completion of the online refresher, which includes the associated exam, maintains your SDS Level 2 Accreditation.