Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is a psychotherapy model considered to be a more modern version of cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) and one of the “third wave” of behavioural therapies. ACT encourages us to let go of emotional struggles and live our lives according to our values, regardless of unwanted or uncomfortable thoughts, feelings, memories or physical sensations. Its goal is the development of psychological flexibility, achieved through the use of mindfulness, metaphors and experiential exercises. It is an interactive treatment approach that can be creative and inspiring!
This two-day workshop will be suitable for those who are new to the model, those who have only had some preliminary exposure to ACT as well as to those who are better versed in the model and are looking to expand their confidence in its clinical application. Day 1 will include an overview of the model, its six processes and its interventions to ensure we are all on the same page, presented as interactively as Zoom will allow! Day 2 will place a greater focus on practical application and honing of skills. To reflect the interactive spirit of ACT, this workshop will move beyond PowerPoint, and will include demonstration, experience and rehearsal of ACT strategies. Come prepared to deepen your understanding, expand and polish your clinical repertoire and become enthused by a user-friendly, down to earth model that speaks to us all regardless of our circumstances.
For more information contact the Faculty of Social Work Professional Development office:
Phone: 519-884-0710 ext. 5234