Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Held over 3 weekends
Starting 1st April 2017
Lecturer: Catherine Ayensu MSc
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a unique, empirically based psychological intervention that uses acceptance and mindfulness strategies, together with commitment and behaviour change strategies, to increase psychological flexibility. Psychological flexibility means contacting the present moment fully as a conscious human being and changing behaviour in the service of chosen values.
ACT differs fundamentally from the CBT emphasis on changing thoughts. Instead, ACT alters client's relationship to their private experiences (thoughts, feelings, memories, bodily reactions), so they are no longer entangled by them. Clients can learn to break free from futile struggle and quickly overcome ineffective behaviour patterns that bind and prevent them from living a meaningful and enjoyable life.
ACT helps clients live a rich, full and meaningful life, while effectively handling the psychological disturbance that inevitably comes up along the way. ACT is not about futile attempts at overcoming pain or fighting emotions - it's about actively embracing life and willingly feeling everything that it has to offer.
ACT combines easily with other therapies to create a powerful set of tools which can be used either as part of a broader therapeutic intervention or within a formal ACT protocol.
Integrating ACT into your practice will give you a set of useful, powerful and focussed tools to help overcome even the most challenging of presenting conditions.
ACT has proven to be effective with:
- Anxiety disorders
- Chronic pain
- Eating disorders
- Quitting cigarette smoking
What you will learn:
- Specific ACT approaches
- Applying ACT within a general therapeutic context
- The theoretical underpinning of an ACT approach
- Each of the 6 components of an ACT approach
- Value identification exercises
- Mindfulness exercises applicable to ACT
- How to set value-driven goals and actions
- De-fusion and disidentifcation exercises
- Case conceptualisations
This course is open to all therapists irrespective of discipline and represents 33 hours verifiable CPD
LCCH Graduates can take this course as part of their Advanced Practitioner Diploma requirements
The course takes place over three weekends (one weekend a month):
- Weekend 1: 1st and 2nd April 2017
- Weekend 2: 6th and 7th May 2017
- Weekend 3: 10th and 11th June 2017
£495 : £245 deposit on booking then remainder £250 on weekend 1.
About: Catherine Ayensu:
Catherine has a strong foundation in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, having gained her MSc in the subject and been practicing for 14 years. Catherine has an eclectic and pluralistic approach, integrating Mindfulness, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Hypnotherapy depending on the needs of her clients. In addition to her private practice, Catherine has worked with MIND (mental health organisation) and in Education. She runs mindfulness groups and workshops, and teaches mindfulness in schools to both pupils and teachers