Birmingham ACT Week presenters

Dr Richard Bennett

Richard Bennett works as a Clinical Psychologist at the University of Birmingham and in private practice. He previously worked in physical and mental health services in the NHS for over 20 years. In addition to his clinical experience, Richard has extensive experience of teaching and training. He is a Lecturer in CBT within the Centre for Applied Psychology at the University of Birmingham, where he leads the Postgraduate Diploma in High Intensity CBT, training therapists to work in IAPT services. He has trained and supervised a wide range of healthcare professionals across the UK, as well as overseas, and is recognised as a BABCP accredited psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer, and an ACBS Peer-reviewed ACT trainer. With Joe Oliver, Richard is the co-author of ‘Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: 100 Key Points and Techniques’ (2019).

Dr Rachel Black

Rachel Black is a Clinical Psychologist working primarily in the NHS in services for people in acute mental health crisis. Through direct clinical work, supervision and training, Rachel uses contextual behavioural approaches, principally ACT, to empower people to navigate their way through crises. Rachel has worked in the NHS for nearly 20 years working mainly with people with complex trauma histories to help them to find their way through the challenges of life with respect and humility. Rachel believes that meaningful connections can be made with and between individuals, families, groups and teams even in the most challenging circumstances.

Dr Sally Bradley

Sally Bradley works as a Clinical Psychologist specialising in delivering all things ACT. Since leaving the NHS after 15 years she now runs her own private practice alongside family life and creative hobbies. Sally offers individual, couple and group interventions to people across the lifespan caught in a variety of struggles. She offers specialist ACT supervision nationally and internationally and loves sharing her passion for the ACT model by inspiring colleagues through facilitating experiential training.

Dr Elizabeth Burnside

Elizabeth Burnside is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist who works in child and adolescent mental health services in North Wales. She is also the academic director of the North Wales Clinical Psychology Programme, Bangor University, and a Peer-reviewed ACT trainer.

Her general area of interest is third wave therapies, and in particular the flexible application of ACT to help adolescents navigate their way through what can often be a tricky life stage. Within her academic role, Elizabeth delivers a programme of ACT training to clinical psychology trainees and has set up and facilitated a parallel training programme for clinical psychology supervisors in the local Health Board. She also co - teaches a CBT module, and enjoys supporting trainees to consider the distinctive and overlapping philosophical assumptions and procedures of various psychological approaches to human suffering.

Dr Dawn Johnson

Dawn Johnson works as a Clinical Psychologist in the NHS. She has extensive experience of adapting ACT and other contextual behavioural interventions to work with people with learning disabilities and autistic spectrum disorders, and within a children’s neurodevelopmental service. She also uses ACT systemically, having been involved in providing interventions and consultations with families, carers, and with NHS staff at an organisational level. She is an experienced trainer, having delivered ACT training to NHS staff and on Clinical Psychology Doctoral programmes. Dawn is an active member of the ACBS Women’s Special Interest Group and is working toward becoming an ACBS Peer-reviewed ACT trainer.

Mr Jim Lucas

Jim Lucas is an ACT Therapist and an ACBS Peer-reviewed ACT Trainer based in Birmingham, UK. He is an accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist & Supervisor with British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies and a Teaching Fellow in the School of Psychology at University of Birmingham. Jim runs a psychology business called Open Forwards, which specialises in supporting people who work in healthcare, education and other helping professions. As well as offering individual therapy, Jim takes an interest in delivering training to teams of practitioners on ACT and Practitioner Well-being. He is author of many online articles and online courses, runs his own monthly podcast called Self-Help-Sat-Nav and provides consultancy on well-being and evidence-based practices.

Dr Joe Oliver

Joe is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Course Director for the UCL PG Dip in CBT for Psychosis course. He works within Camden & Islington NHS Foundation Trust.  He has additionally been developing and researching individual and group interventions in ACT and mindfulness at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London. He is also Director for Contextual Consulting, a London-based consultancy offering ACT focused training, supervision, and psychological therapy. Joe is an active member of the Association for Contextual Behavioural Sciences and the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies.  He is co-editor of the book, "Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Mindfulness for Psychosis", and co-author of the books, “ACTivate Your Life”, “Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: 100 Key Points and Techniques”, and “Acceptance and Commitment Coaching”.