Acceptance & Commitment Therapy | ACT Introductory Course | Live, New, Updated

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

2 days 9:30am – 4:30pm 14 CPD hours

Course Brief

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a treatment package that combines several traditions such as early behaviourism, positive psychology and mindfulness. ACT is a trans-diagnostic model that has been successfully used to treat conditions such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, chronic pain, eating disorders and substance misuse just to name a few. ACT’s target is to promote psychological flexibility, that is, the ability to behave in a way that is consistent with one’s values even in the presence of aversive experiences (e.g. thoughts, feelings, physical pain). This is true as much for our clients as for the ACT practitioner. If you work in a context in which behaviour change is paramount, then this course will provide you with some very useful tools.

This Live Introduction to ACT will run on Zoom over two weeks (one day a week) by Professor Nuno Ferreira. The course is fully updated with additional reading and options for practice. Suitable for practitioners new to ACT or those who has completed this course in the past and want to update their Accreditation.

Issues Covered

ACT basics:

  • What is ACT?
  • What is ACT’s model of human suffering? (Inflexahex)
  • What is ACT’s model of growth? (Hexaflex)
  • ACT conceptualisation

This part of the course will cover the philosophical and scientific underpinnings of ACT and how these inform a model of human suffering and growth. Case studies will be presented to illustrate ACT’s model of conceptualisation.

Taking your first steps:

  • Engaging clients with a new approach – Creative hopelessness
  • Walking the hexaflex
  • Acceptance/willingness as an alternative
    • Values
    • Cognitive defusion
    • Observer-self
    • Present moment awareness
    • Committed action In this part of the course, through a series of exercises and metaphors, participants will have an experiential sense of the model of growth promoted by ACT. Participants will also be able to try these techniques using role-play.

Adapting to your context:

  • Knowing where to start in the model
  • Knowing what to target
  • Delivering ACT in different modalities

This part of the course will focus on the more specific contextual details of each participant and will address key questions of how to start the work, knowing the limits and possibilities that ACT provides and how to deliver it in a way that meets the demands of the participant’s professional reality.

Taking the next steps:

This part of the course will cover advice on evidence base, further readings, where to seek more information, how to move forward as a practitioner and where to find supervision.

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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.