2024 / 09 / 19 to 20. Heart & Hands: Embedding Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Into Your Practice

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2024 / 09 / 19 to 20. Heart & Hands: Embedding Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Into Your Practice

About the event

In this workshop, we’re going to teach you how to do brief and powerful ACT-based therapy and coaching interventions, and we like to think that this training will be relevant to those working across all employment sectors.

You’ll firstly be introduced to the heart of the ACT model. Often, in eagerness, practitioners want to jump straight into the concrete tools that are available to them when using the ACT model, but from our perspective, the heart of ACT is the most important part of it, and an essential premise from which to build intervention.

Once the heart of ACT is covered, we’re going to teach you, through a useful supervision model, the hands of ACT. Specifically, we’re going to teach you how to use ACT when working with people in a one-to-one setting, via a conceptualization tool called The Matrix.

The Matrix is great at providing us, as practitioners, with a starting place; however, we need more than The Matrix to be able to work effectively with people. For example, if when using the Matrix, you work out that the person in front of you needs help with Values Clarification, then what can you do to get at that process? In other words, you’ll need to learn some concrete techniques that you can draw upon in therapeutic conversation that help you to target ACT relevant processes.

Our workshop will give you these things through psychoeducation, experiential exercises, case studies and role plays, so that as soon as you leave, you’ll be in place where you can begin to use the ACT model in your work.


Who’s it for?

Beginners – If you know nothing about ACT, then this workshop will be pitched at a level that will allow you to learn about the model, and to learn how to use it.

Intermediate – If you know your ACT pretty well, then this workshop will introduce you to the model in a different way, and support your therapeutic work by giving you concrete tools to take away.


Your Trainers

Dr Duncan Gillard

Duncan is a HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council) registered Senior Educational Psychologist and an experienced ACT & DNA-V practitioner and trainer. Duncan is the co-author of the popular self-help book Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for Dummies and of several peer-reviewed articles on the subjects of ACT and Contextual Behavioural Science (CBS). Primarily, Duncan’s work focuses on whole-school and targeted interventions to promote and improve children’s wellbeing and resilience, as well as on the delivery of group and individually-based ACT coaching interventions to support teachers’ wellbeing and valued-living.

Dr Nic Hooper

Dr Nic Hooper is an expert in clinical psychology and a Lecturer at Cardiff University. He has authored many scientific articles, book chapters and books including The Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Diary (published annually), The Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Journal, The Research Journey of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, The Unbreakable Student and The Science of Children’s Wellbeing. Nic is also a co-director of Connect-Ed (which offers ACT-based workshops to those in the education sector) and Connect PSHE (which offers an ACT-based wellbeing curriculum to primary schools).

Event Detail

Event Start Date
September 19, 2024
Event End Date
September 20, 2024
Price Range
£200 to £250


Bath BA1 5BJ, UK

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