An Acceptance and Commitment Therapy training will be hold in London on 5-6th Nov (Group Experiential) and 26-27th Nov (Skills Training) 2011. This Acceptance and Commitment Therapy training is a 4 day course, location: Derbyshire House, St Chad’s street London WC1H 8AG

How does the very nature of human language lead to suffering? How can a person commit to living a vital and more meaningful life right now, in spite of emotional or physical pain barriers? Developed within a coherent theoretical and philosophical framework, 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 based on what the situation affords, and changing or persisting in behaviour in the service of chosen values.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Introductory Workshop details
This workshop includes the traditional two day experiential introduction to ACT followed by a two day skills training workshop.

The first weekend has an emphasis on applying ACT to oneself in the group, the second weekend focuses on applying ACT to one on one practice, making use of a variety of ACT video/live demonstrations.

These two weekends are prerequisite to our intermediate ACT skills training workshop which continues your skills development in a coherent and systematic way. The key concepts of ACT will be addressed, consistent with the book Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: An Experiential Approach to Behaviour Change by Steven C. Hayes, Kirk D. Strosahl, and Kelly Wilson.

The ‘Six Core Processes’ of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT):
# Acceptance
# Cognitive Defusion
# Being Present
# Self as Context
# Values
# Committed action

Clinical Skills Training: (second weekend)
# Analysing videos of leading ACT therapists in action
# Participants practice the core processes of ACT in clinical work, (following live and video demonstrations of key ACT processes).
# Creative hopelessness: confronting an unworkable agenda
# Applications of ACT to specific presenting issues
# Control is the problem
# Mindfulness in ACT
# Behaviour change and willingness to change.

ACT Trainers:
Martin Wilks MSc BSc. Psychol, Dip Couns. MSc Couns Psychol,Dip Couns Psychol. BPS Chartered
Martin has cultivated his personal mindfulness practice for over 25 years. For 17 yrs, working as both psychologist and visiting Buddhist minister, he facilitated mindfulness-based groups and counselling services in a central London prison. In private practice, since 2002 he has been developing the use of ACT in short term work and weaves many ACT & MBCT practices and procedures into longer term mindfulness-based psychotherapy. His research interests focus upon qualitative, participant inquiry methods exploring the integration of mindfulness meditation with counseling; and in developing public-sector / third sector partnership arrangements for the roll-out of 3rd wave therapies.

Henry J. Whitfield MSc (CBT/REBT) MBACP,
Henry founded Mindfulness Training Ltd in 2006. His research interests include the theoretical and practical integration of mindfulness with cognitive behavioural theories, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy processes and in case-formulated applications of mindfulness. After 4 years as a trauma specialist for Victim Support Lambeth, Henry is now conducting empirical research for City and Hackney Mind, investigating the process of values within different approaches to trauma counselling. He also works in private practice, and teaches widely on the subject of Mindfulness-consistent therapies.

After you have completed this training you will be eligible to complete our further ACT intermediate training programme with David Gillanders and Tobias Lundgren.

If you have any further questions, call +44 (0)20 7183 2485 or write them on the application form below.

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