Offering a new Extended training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)*, Functional Analytical Psychotherapy (FAP) and Relational Frame Theory (RFT), with fortnightly supervision to measure your increasing ACT-consistency.
*Delivered by three ACBS peer-reviewed ACT Trainers
Our ACT training is approved by the British Psychological Society Learning Centre for the purposes of Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
Level: Introductory to Intermediate
Trainers: Martin Wilks MSc, C.Psychol, ACBS peer-reviewed ACT trainer and Henry Whitfield MSc, MBACP, ACBS peer-reviewed ACT trainer.
Dates: 16-17 Apr + 14-15 May 2020OR
2-3 July + 16-17 July 2020
Time: 9.30 am for a 10:00am start 5:00pm
CPD Value: 28 hours
Location: Islington, London N1
Offers of the month:
10% discount available if you bring a friend who has not already done training with us. (£480 each)
15% discount available if you book both parts of our ACT(Part 1 and 2) together. (£455/part)
100% moneyback guarantee* if you are not 100% satisfied with the training:
(*Only applicable if you complete the training in full.)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy marries mindfulness and behaviour change strategies to offer a highly versatile mindfulness-informed cognitive behavioural therapy. This 'marriage' has done much to reach clients who shied away from traditional CBT, and brought a more evidence-based approach to those who previously thrived best in the more 'humanistic' approaches. Over 150 randomised control trials have shown ACT to be effective at addressing varied psychological issues. Independent research evaluators such as the APA recognize ACT's evidence base for Depression, Mixed Anxiety, OCD, Psychosis and Chronic Pain (See
State of the act evidence for more details).
An essential part of progressing as a therapist is to receive regular feedback. Evidence suggests that short two day workshops do little to bring about behaviour change in psychological therapists (Luoma, 2013). Hence we offer a training for those who want to develop the skills to offer ACT with confidence and flexibility. We also provide on going supervision as an additional service
Our modular ACT training offers a well tested, systematic approach to ACT skills building, developed over 9 years of ACT teaching experience. Henry Whitfield and Martin Wilks offered the first dedicated ACT skills training in the UK and have trained over 900 ACT therapists. Efficient skills learning methods have always been the primary focus of our training programmes.
Aim: After these four days of training you should be ready to apply all key ACT processes flexibly to your client work. You will also have had multiple opportunities to experience the benefits of each ACT process personally.
The majority of the learning will be experiential in the sense that will ask you to integrate what you learn through application in role-plays, real-plays or group exercises. The many live and video examples of ACT will inform your practice. We structure the training to give you considerable experience in applying the demonstrated principles to varied contexts, flexibly. Remember not to be formulaic! Be present. Every client moment is unique.
Day 1 -
Meeting the Model and the Context. (hexa-flex/psychological flexibility)
The ACT therapeutic stance. Demonstrated examples of key guidelines in action.
Confronting the control agenda. When controlling your thoughts and feelings is unworkable, how do you ease a client (and yourself) out of the 'quicksand'?
Identify a value thwarted by avoidance and discover what's more important than the avoidance.
The trappings of language: Learn a spectrum of methods for loosening the grip of thought and language. Hold lightly those ideas that push for unworkable behaviour. 'I'm not good enough, therefore I...'
Identifying your personal “Bold Move” – a simple, achievable, behavioural step in the direction of what matters to you; a step you can take before start of Day 2.
Day 2 -
Day 3 -
Moving seemlessly between the processes. Practice applying multiple ACT processes together. The right combination in the right context can be pivotal.
Overview of all processes with clinical examples. Guided meditation that includes all six processes.
Live and video examples of Willingness and Values. These two processes naturally feed into each other. Pain leads to values, values lead to pain. Accessing the value that is more important than the pain/avoided emotion.
Present moment and Willingness. To be more aware is to open up. Video and live examples of applying these two processes together.
Time for practice and feedback.
Day 4 -
Bringing four processes together using metaphors such as the Life Bus. More live and video examples to analyse. Emphasizing the coupling of cognitive defusion and committed action. What do the bus passengers say as you turn the wheel of the bus towards what's important? Break the rules!
Present moment and the observer self. Get present to the ever changing process of yourself concept.
Further video examples to 'bring it all together'. All six processes applied in one session flexibly.
Further real-plays for applying it all, as the moment demands, flexibly, and with feedback.
These four days are prerequisite to our
Intensive ACT skills Part 2 training.
Martin Wilks Chartered Psychologist, ACBS peer-reviewed ACT trainer, BPS , AFBPsS , BSc. Psychol (hons), Dip PC Couns. MSc Couns Psychol, Dip Couns Psychol.
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.
Henry J. Whitfield MSc, MBACP, ACBS peer-reviewed ACT trainer.
Henry set up 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 has since conducted empirical research for City and Hackney Mind, and SPCP Regents College, London investigating psychological process in counselling. He also works in private practice, and teaches widely on the subject of Mindfulness-consistent therapies.