Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to Assist Behaviour Change: Introductory Workshop
A one day workshop 930-4pm on Thursday 30th October
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) aims to maximise human potential for a rich, full and meaningful life. ACT is an evidence based therapy that unlike CBT, does not focus on symptom reduction. Instead ACT focuses on helping clients move forward towards their goals by increasing a client's ability to develop 6 core processes of: Acceptance, cognitive defusion, self-as context, present moment awareness, values, committed action. ACT is a mindfulness based behaviour therapy that encourages psychological flexibility and non-judgemental awareness.
In this day long course, you will learn:
- What the six core process of ACT are and how they compliment and differ from traditional CBT principles.
- How to create an individualised formulation for clients using the ACT Hexaflex.
- How to use the formulation to guide your individualised program for your client.
- What is Mindfulness in the ACT context and how to specifically use Mindfulness skills in session.
- Effective ways to reduce the believability of negative thoughts (without having to challenge them).
- How to create your own mindfulness exercises.
- How to effectively use interventions based on metaphor, paradox and experiential exercises.
- How to fundamentally change your relationship with unwanted thoughts and feelings.
- How to help clients connect with their core values, and commit to their desired actions.
You will be given:
- Pre-workshop readings.
- Sheets to assist you in your formulation of a clients barriers and goals.
- Tools and techniques to use with your clients in session.
- Mindfulness skills.
There will be experiential exercises in the workshop that we encourage all attendees to engage in. Engagement in these exercises will significantly enhance your understanding of ACT and increase your confidence in using it with clients.