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Skills Development Workshop in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (Intermediate Level)


Event Information

University of Birmingham
Dates of Event
21st September 2017 – 22nd September 2017
Last Booking Date for this Event
20th September 2017

21-22nd September 2017: Skills Development Workshop in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy - Intermediate Level. Part of Birmingham ACT week 2017. Facilitators: Dr Elizabeth Burnside & Dr John Boorman.

ACT is an evidence-based transdiagnostic intervention that has its origins in the behavioural tradition. It is concerned with helping individuals identify their values and taking committed action in the service of them. ACT identifies key processes that enable individuals to develop greater ‘psychological flexibility’ and teaches skills that help to change the relationship between an individual and their experience. This workshop builds upon the introductory workshops, developing participants’ skills in using the ACT approach in clinical practice.

Participants will be trained in case formulation, socialising the client to the ACT model and therapeutic relationship, flexible mindfulness exercises, values clarification and helping clients to develop willingness through the use of cognitive defusion methods. The training will link ACT’s underlying theory, Relational Frame Theory (RFT), with practical techniques, the psychological flexibility model and broader cognitive behavioural skills. Finally, participants will be introduced to the use of ACT as a brief intervention, in both individual and group formats.

Please note that familiarity with the ACT model and previous training in its use is recommended for anyone wishing to undertake this workshop.