Mastering ACT

An in-depth exploration of ACT processes

Two 3 hour sessions (6 CE credits)
Intermediate/ advanced level
Recording available for 6 months
Experienced ACT therapists, psychologists, coaches, BCBAs

Course Description

Have you mastered the core ACT processes, but feel like you’re still a bit “clunky” in your application? Do you find yourself reactively haphazardly or reactively to you client? Ready to take your ACT skills to new heights and develop the fluency of an expert practitioner? This intermediate to advanced level workshop is designed to help you break through the constraints of the intermediary stage and unlock the flexibility to think several steps ahead, seamlessly blending acceptance, defusion and values-based interventions.

About this workshop

Through this immersive, practical training with Dr Robyn Walser, you’ll learn how to cultivate the mindset and therapeutic finesse of an ACT virtuoso. Robyn has a world wide reputation as a master therapist and trainer. With her guiding hand, discover techniques for achieving a true “flow state” in your ACT work, effortlessly transitioning between acceptance-based and change-based processes to guide your clients towards living a rich, meaningful life. Leave this workshop with the skills to intuitively recognise and address the specific psychological barriers that may be reinforcing your clients’ struggles, empowering them to break free and thrive.

Through engaging discussions and experiential exercises, you will learn to embrace the inherent challenges and suffering of human life with kindness and compassion. Robyn will explore ACT’s core components and functional analytic approach and provide you with invaluable resources to facilitate positive behaviour change in their clients’ lives.

Key learning points

Participants will have the opportunity to develop meta-skills, including recognising behaviour patterns, discerning underlying functions, and anticipating next steps for client progress. By mastering these skills, practitioners gain confidence, creativity, and a holistic view of the therapeutic landscape, resulting in improved therapy relationships and outcomes.

These insights highlight the transformative impact of mastering ACT skills:

  • Enhanced recognition of behaviour patterns: as you deepen your understanding of ACT, you become more adept at identifying patterns of behaviour within individual clients and even across different clients. This heightened awareness allows you to gain valuable insights into the underlying dynamics at play.
  • Deeper understanding of behaviour function: with increased proficiency in ACT, you develop a keener ability to discern the underlying function of behaviour, rather than becoming fixated on its surface-level manifestations. This allows you to address the root causes and motivations behind behaviour, leading to more effective interventions.
  • Improved ability to determine next steps: mastering ACT empowers you to see beyond the immediate session and anticipate the necessary steps to propel your clients forward. By understanding the broader context and long-term goals, you can guide clients towards meaningful progress and growth.
  • Heightened skill in identifying intervention purpose: with ACT expertise, you become more skilled at discerning the underlying purpose of your interventions. This deep understanding enables you to maximise your creativity and tailor interventions to align with your clients’ needs, fostering optimal therapeutic outcomes.

Through in-depth video recordings, role-play analysis, and personal practice, this workshop will explore the multiple levels of process in ACT. Attendees will engage in exercises designed to promote self-reflection and refine their skills in recognising and intervening in the ongoing function of behaviour within therapeutic sessions. The ultimate goal is to move beyond mere techniques and embrace a fluid ACT approach that enriches the client experience and leads to values-based outcomes.

Don’t miss this transformative opportunity to learn from one of the ACT world’s most renowned therapists.

Who will benefit from this workshop?

This workshop is designed for practitioners who are familiar with ACT and use it regularly in their practice. The workshop will assume that participants already have a good grasp of the basics of ACT and have a good level of experience applying it in their practice. You don’t have to be an expert or know the ACT model inside out. You just need a willingness to learn and grow in your practice.

Feedback from Robyn’s last workshop

“It was beautifully authentic, reflective, and captivating.” – Steve Wharmby
“Empowering and inspiring.” – NN
“The parts I found most useful were the role plays with Robyn and seeing her in action, seeing the power of slowing things down, the intrapersonal and tuning in to the thin slices. Excellent training.” – C. Lawrence

Group booking discounts

Contextual Consulting offers discounts for groups of people from the same organisation, e.g., an NHS Trust that does not have a contract arrangement with us. Please email us here to arrange a group discount or find out more about our CPD contracts here.

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the core components of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) as a client-centered intervention, including acceptance, mindfulness, values, and committed action.
  • Apply a functional analytic approach to analyse the ongoing function of behavior in session, using video recordings and role-play analysis, to guide effective interventions.
  • Engage in self-reflective exercises to enhance personal growth, self-discovery, and alignment of values with ACT principles.
  • Utilise fluid ACT techniques, moving beyond rigid techniques, to foster a therapeutic environment that promotes meaningful living and values-based outcomes for clients.

APA psychologists: This program is sponsored by Contextual Consulting and is approved for 6 CE credits for psychologists. 

Behaviour analysts: This workshop is available for 6 BACB Learning CEUs. Contextual Consulting is an approved BACB ACE Provider # OP-20-3415.

Nationally certified counselors: This workshop is available for 6 credit hours. Contextual Consulting Ltd. has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7578. 

To find out more, including attendance requirements and how to access your certificate, go to our continuing education information page.

If you have disability and require adjustments or accommodation, please email us at to discuss your needs and we will do our best to help you.

Mastering ACT
2 sessions: 8th - 15th Oct 2024
Starts: 8th Oct 2024: 1:00 PM (New York time)
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FAQs

To find out more, including attendance requirements and how to access your certificate, go to our continuing education information page.

To access this workshop you will need a stable internet connection and a set of smart phone ear buds with built in microphone. Your internet speed should be a minimum of 1.5mbs  DOWNLOAD & UPLOAD. You can check that here at www.speedtest.net

We will have dedicated technicians on hand throughout the entire duration of the workshop. They will be there to help you manage any issues that may come up and get you back in to the workshop again. Also, if you think there may be a problem, be it with your work access or anything else, you can log in early to check if things are working for you, and be prepared. There may of course be technical issues that come up on your end, which will be your responsibility to look after. But these are rare and we have an extra handy troubleshooting guide that comes with tips and tricks to deal with any problems.

Yes! As long as you have access to a web browser and you’re connected to the internet, you will be able to attend. It’s that simple – all you need to do is go to the webpage link, login and you’re set to go. You can join the workshop on any device including your home computer or iPad. You can even join in using your smart phone.

Yes, we have a special portal in the system to allow you to connect with other participants joining via the workshop.

You just need a computer (PC or Mac), laptop or tablet that can access the internet. You need a good broadband speed that would allow you to comfortably stream a movie (such as a video on YouTube).

Yes, a video of the presentation will be available to you for up to 6 months after the workshop is finished.  You’ll be able to go back over any part of the workshop to review or check anything that you missed. You also don’t actually have to attend the live workshop – if you’re not able to make it on the actual date, you can still login afterwards and watch the recorded version.

Yes, you will receive a CPD certificate.

Absolutely. You will be able to ask the presenter questions, just as you would in any workshop. You’ll also have the extra benefit of being able to interact with other colleagues who have also joined the workshop.

It’s super simple. All you need to do is follow a link that you will be provided prior to the course, along with instructions.

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