Birmingham ACT Week 2019

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Following the success of the previous Birmingham ACT Weeks since their inception in 2014, we will be running these Acceptance and Commitment Therapy workshops again this September in a similar format.  There are Introductory, Intermediate and Advanced level workshops spread over seven days from 16-22 September 2019.

There are now over 280 randomised controlled trials attesting to the efficacy of ACT, and this series of workshops aims to develop knowledge and skills in delivering ACT interventions for practitioners working in health care, educational, and organisational settings.

Details of the workshops and how to pay are all below. If you require any further information, including the discount for booking on all of the first five days of ACT Week, please see our contact details at the end of the email.

The workshops are confirmed as:

An Experiential Introduction to ACT (Introductory level)

  • Presented by Dr Richard Bennett and Dr Sally Bradley
  • Monday 16th – Wednesday 18th September 2019.  9:30am – 4:30pm.
  • £297.00 for three days / discounted rate for students £150.00

Book via our online shop (debit/credit card only)
Please see the Booking Details in the righthand column if you would like your employer to pay for your place or wish to attend all five workshops as part of ACT Week.

Outline

ACT is an evidence-based trans-diagnostic 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 three-day workshop for practitioners working in the field of physical and/or mental health care introduces the key principles of ACT, and the basic science of Relational Frame Theory, which informs the theory and practice of ACT.  The teaching will involve a mixture of didactic teaching, experiential exercises, video, and live demonstration.

Eligibility

This workshop is most suited to professionals who have some familiarity and experience of using psychological interventions, for example Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, in their work.  No previous knowledge of ACT will be assumed.


Skills Development Workshop in ACT (Intermediate level)

  • Presented by Dr Rachel Black and Mr Jim Lucas
  • Thursday 19th – Friday 20th September 2019. 9:30am – 4:30pm.
  • £198.00 for two days / discounted rate for students £100.00

Book via our online shop (debit/credit card only)
Please see the Booking Details in the righthand column if you would like your employer to pay for your place or wish to attend all five workshops as part of ACT Week.

Outline

ACT is an evidence-based trans-diagnostic 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 workshop, 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.  The teaching will involve a mixture of didactic teaching, experiential exercises, video, and live demonstration, with an emphasis on participants practicing skills in a small group format.

Eligibility

This workshop will be most suited to professionals who have undertaken an introductory course in ACT, either at The University of Birmingham or elsewhere.  The workshop facilitators will assume that delegates have a basic knowledge of the ACT model and the core ACT processes, and this will not be covered in any depth.  Some experience of using ACT in practice will be beneficial.


We are also now holding an advanced level ACT workshop taking place at the end of ACT week.  This workshop is limited to 20 places and you are required to have had previous ACT training and experience of delivering it in practice.  Details are:

ACT Like a Pro (Advanced level)

  • Presented by Dr Elizabeth Burnside, Dr Dawn Johnson, Dr Joe Oliver, Dr Ray Owen
  • Saturday 21st September – Sunday 22nd September 2019. 9:30am – 4:30pm.
  • £198.00 for two days / discounted rate for students £100.00

Book via our online shop (debit/credit card only)

Outline

This two-day intensive skills development workshop is designed for those who are experienced in the delivery of ACT, and who have previously attended introductory and intermediate level training. Numbers are strictly limited to 20 and the bulk of the workshop will be conducted in small supervised practice groups of 5, each group working with each of the four facilitators in turn.  It will focus on the development of a range of skills in delivering ACT in a supervised practice situation.  The individual workshops will focus on particular in-session skills, including:

  • using Relational Frame Theory to inform perspective taking interventions
  • expanding the use of present moment awareness
  • using Functional Analytic Psychotherapy to enhance the therapeutic relationship
  • functional analysis of therapist behaviours

Eligibility

This workshop will be most suited to professionals who have undertaken previous training courses in ACT, either at The University of Birmingham or elsewhere, and who use the approach regularly.  The workshop facilitators will assume that delegates have a knowledge of the ACT model and the core ACT processes. Experience of using ACT in practice is essential.


If you book onto any of the three courses, you will receive a free copy of Richard Bennett and Joe Oliver’s (2019) book ‘Acceptance & Commitment Therapy: 100 Key Points and Techniques’.  More information on the book is available via Amazon here.