Masterclass: ACT for Managing Chronic Pain

Can be taken as an individual course or as a part of:

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

1 day 12:00pm – 2:00pm 2 CPD hours

Course Brief

Click here for more details and to enrol on the online course via SDS Online Video Training (OVT).

A two-hours masterclass with Professor Nuno Ferreira on using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for managing chronic pain.


This Course is now available as a full recording with an online test via SDS Online Video Training (OVT).

Title: ACT for Managing Chronic Pain

Modality: ACT

CPD Hours Attached: 2 CPD Hours

Click here for more details and to enrol on the course



A two-hours masterclass with Professor Nuno Ferreira on using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for managing chronic pain.

This masterclass will explore how the ACT model for chronic pain differs from contemporary models of chronic pain, and how it expands our understanding of these conditions.

The masterclass will focus on interview and formulation techniques that are ACT consistent and that can be easily integrated in your current practice. The evidence base and characteristics of ACT based interventions for chronic pain will also be addressed.

Suitable for both practitioners who use ACT with their clients on a regular basis and to those for whom this modality is less familiar.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this masterclass you should:

  1. Be able to produce an ACT consistent formulation of a case where chronic pain is the central component

  2. Be confident in the use of key intervention techniques using the ACT model for chronic pain

  3. Be aware of the evidence base for the use of ACT in chronic pain.

Although not mandatory:

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. (AAAC) 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.

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.

Course Tutor

Prof Nuno Ferreira
PhD, CPsychol, AFBPsS, Associate Professor of Clinical and Health Psychology, University of Nicosia, Cyprus

Dr Nuno Ferreira is an Associate Professor of Clinical Health Psychology at the University of Nicosia. He holds a Licenciature in Clinical Psychology from ISPA, Portugal, and a PhD in Clinical and Health Psychology from the University of Edinburgh.