What is the course about?
ACT is one of the 'third wave' of therapies which focus on mindfulness skills, developed by Steven Hayes in 1986. The two major goals of ACT are acceptance of experience which is out of personal control and taking committed action towards living a valued life. It has a large body of empirical evidence to support its effectiveness across a wide range of client groups including those experiencing anxiety, depression and chronic pain. This workshop explores the core principles of ACT and how they can be applied when working with a range of clients.
What will we cover?
- What acceptance and commitment therapy is
- Letting go of the struggle
- The impact of avoidance
- The use of metaphors in ACT
- The 6 core processes of ACT - the hexaflex
- Mindfulness skills
- Practical applications to therapy.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Demonstrate an understanding of the rationale of ACT and its relevance to your work
- Identify skills to help clients deal more effectively with negative thoughts and feelings
- Participate in a range of mindfulness practices
- Identify ways in which ACT principles can be integrated into counselling and therapy.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is intended for counsellors, therapists, trainees and other helping professionals. You will need to be able to understand and express yourself in English and relate the topics being taught to your own experience and practice. You will also need to be able to give and receive feedback.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
There will be a large experiential component to the course as well as some theoretical input and practical sessions.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
There are no additional costs.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
There are a wide range of courses organised by the Psychology,Counselling and Personal Development which are worth finding out about:
PT548 - CBT for therapists and counsellors
PT531 - Group Facilitation
PT556 - Working with two chairs
PT542 - Ways into working with couples
PT569 - Working therapeutically with masks
PT583 - Working with couples: an introduction.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details