ACT for physical health problems

An introductory level skills workshop

Access is for 6 months after purchase
12 hours (12 CEs)
Introductory level workshop
Practitioners, therapists, clinicians working with health conditions

Course Description

If you’re a health psychologist, physiotherapist, occupational therapist, doctor, or coach who works with individuals with chronic physical health conditions, you know first-hand the challenges that people with a long-term physical health condition, or chronic illness face. Living with a chronic illness can impact nearly every aspect of a person’s life, from their relationships and job to their finances and overall wellbeing.

That’s why we’re excited to offer an introductory level skills workshop on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for physical health problems. This workshop is designed specifically for individuals like you who work with clients who have chronic physical health conditions such as arthritis, asthma, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes, among others.

During this workshop, you’ll learn essential ACT skills that you can use to help your clients:

  • Develop a clearer sense of purpose based on their own values and what matters most to them
  • Learn to accept the aspects of their condition that can’t be changed, while taking committed action to change the things that are within their control
  • Try new ways of doing things and hold onto the strategies that work best for them
  • Manage difficult thoughts and feelings that can arise in the context of a chronic illness

Dr Ray Owen will guide you through the essential components of the ACT approach and help you develop practical skills that you can use to support your clients in their journey towards better health and wellbeing.

Don’t miss this opportunity to enhance your skills and make a real difference in the lives of those you serve. Join us for our ACT for physical health problems workshop and take the first step towards helping your clients live a more fulfilling life today.

Who would benefit from this workshop?

This 12 hour  workshop is aimed at practitioners supporting people living with long-term physical health problems including psychologists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, doctors and mental health practitioners, mental health nurses and coaches.

“I really enjoy Ray’s workshops. Always informative and engaging.”  Nicky Griggs. Psychological Therapist in Health Psychology

“My experience with Ray is always positive. I can honestly say that all workshops are always worth the money paid.”  Marco Mion, Clinical Psychologist

“What I found most useful were the delivery of skills and the discussion of the specifics of  applying ACT to working in acute medical situations” Psychologist

Learning objectives

In this workshop, Ray will introduce the Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) model as a way of understanding and addressing the challenges of living with health problems. Participants will learn about the ideas behind the model, the evidence base supporting its use, and the core processes of ACT as applied to physical health difficulties. Through case studies and experiential exercises, participants will have the opportunity to try out some initial ACT techniques that can be quickly and effectively incorporated into their practice.

Learning outcomes

After the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the core processes of ACT and how they apply to physical health difficulties
  • Identify their own relevant values and understand how to apply them when working with clients
  • Use specific techniques of defusion and willingness to help clients respond more flexibly to their situation

For those who already have ACT knowledge and are working with people with long-term physical health issues, you may be interested in our intermediate level live training workshop with Ray Owen here, coming up in December.

Group booking discounts

Contextual Consulting offer 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.

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.

After the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the core processes of ACT and how they apply to physical health difficulties
  • Identify their own relevant values and understand how to apply them when working with clients
  • Use specific techniques of defusion and willingness to help clients respond more flexibly to their situation

APA psychologists: This program is sponsored by Contextual Consulting and is approved for 12 CE credits for psychologists. 

Behaviour analysts: This workshop is available for 12 BACB Learning CEUs. Contextual Consulting is an approved BACB ACE Provider # OP-20-3415.

Nationally certified counselors: This workshop is available for 12 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.

ACT for physical health problems
$340.00 (+ VAT if applicable).
Student price US$170.00   Select:

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