Acceptance & Commitment Therapy

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).

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, than this course will provide you with some very useful tools.

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 conceptualization

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 conceptualization.

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.

This course is part of the training programme that enables you to complete the BPS Approved Certificate in Third Wave CBT. You can build up gradually your CBT training portfolio by attending all the courses within the programme at the pace that suits you. All your training hours will be calculated, recorded in an individual validated log and accumulated towards your full Certificate.

Course Tutor

Dr Nuno Ferreira
PhD, Lecturer in Clinical Psychology

Nuno Ferreira is a Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh where he teaches and supervises research projects across several post-graduate programmes in Clinical Psychology. Gaining his qualification as a Clinical Psychologist in Portugal, Nuno has worked in several services in clinical capacities both in Portugal and in the UK. From 2007 onwards he became interested in the use and development of Third Wave Cognitive Behavioural approaches in clinical setting. His main research focus has been on the use of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for long-term or chronic health conditions, having completed a PhD researching the use of ACT for Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Nuno has published a book and several research articles on ACT and is regular presenter at several international conferences in this subject area.

Nuno has been involved in the training Doctoral students in ACT at the University of Edinburgh since 2009. He has lead several skills-based workshops at international events, and also provides training in ACT for NHS Scotland services. He is also an invited lecturer in Third Wave CBT approaches at the University of Cyprus.

Recommended Materials

Acceptance & Mindfulness in Clinical Practice: Developing ACT Skills - 4 DVD Set - 6 CPD Hours

DVD by Steven C. Hayes

Many have described ACT as the next DBT! Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) can empower your clinical work. ACT takes the view that trying to change difficult thoughts and feelings as a means of coping can be relatively ineffective. However, new, powerful acceptance and mindfulness-based alternatives are readily available.

When combined with values—and committed action—ACT skills can quickly mobilize even some of our most stuck clients. The intention of the workshop is to provide you with the foundation of ACT and a beginning set of skills and experiences that will direct further development.

Exclusive offer for SDS delegates: Save 15% on this DVD
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Acceptance & Mindfulness in Clinical Practice: ACT Model & Approach - 4 DVD Set - 6 CPD Hours

DVD by Steven C. Hayes

Many have described ACT as the next DBT! Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) can empower your clinical work. ACT takes the view that trying to change difficult thoughts and feelings as a means of coping can be relatively ineffective. However, new, powerful acceptance and mindfulness-based alternatives are readily available.

When combined with values—and committed action—ACT skills can quickly mobilize even some of our most stuck clients. The intention of the workshop is to provide you with the foundation of ACT and a beginning set of skills and experiences that will direct further development.

This seminar recording will provide a comprehensive understanding of the ACT model. Learn how the six core processes of ACT explain psychopathology and impact the therapeutic relationship and client outcomes. In addition, you will learn to formulate cases from an ACT viewpoint and apply those to your existing CBT skills.

Exclusive offer for SDS delegates: Save 15% on this DVD
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