BPS Approved Certificate in Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)

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

5 modules 7 days 43 hours

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

The Certificate consists of 3 essential components:

We will also run regular ACT Masterclasses that, although are not mandatory for this Certificate, will take you to the next level of accreditation.

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 and other Mental Health Practitioners.

BPS Approved Certificate in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

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

  • Live on Zoom
  • Small Group
  • Experiential

Module 3

Online Test

  • 80% passmark

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 ACT 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 continuing your ACT training with SDS Seminars, or by repeating this foundation course after 3 years.

SDS Accreditation in ACT, Level 2 (Advanced Assessed Academic Competence) means you have undertaken training as in Level 1, completed live the 3-day training course within the Module 2 of the ACT Certificate and passed the online exam.

This level of accreditation gives you a BPS Approved 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 Level 2 in your title.

Your accreditation currently lasts for 5 years, and is renewable by continuing your ACT training or other 3rd Wave CBT Training with SDS Seminars.

SDS Accreditation in ACT, Level 3 (Advanced ACT Practitioner) means you have undertaken training as in Level 1 and 2, and continuing your training by attending SDS ACT Masterclasses.

Masterclasses currently available:

Your accreditation currently lasts for 5 years, and is renewable by continuing your ACT training or other 3rd Wave CBT Training with SDS Seminars.

SDS Accreditation in ACT, Level 4 (ACT Master Practitioner, Proficiency) means you have undertaken training as in Level 1 and 2, continuing your training by attending SDS ACT Masterclasses, AND have a record in regular ACT Supervision (4 times a year min) from a qualified ACT Supervisor. To arrange Clinical Supervision with Professor Nuno Ferreira. please contact the office: info@sds-seminsra.com.