An introduction to the ACT model

Discover the basics in a FREE hour-long workshop

Access is for 12 months after purchase
1 hours (1 CE credit)
Introductory level
Suitable for anyone wanting to find out more about ACT

Course Description


Acceptance and commitment therapy, (ACT) is an exciting and powerful approach for understanding and working with human behaviour. It is used as a therapy to help people with their particular stock, but also much more widely used in areas such as assisting with human performance, helping in relationships, improving physical health and overall increasing well-being and resilience. In addition to being very versatile, it’s upon a solid foundation of theory and research, both of which increase its stability. The model is incredibly practical and helps equip people with the tools and strategies they need to make the changes they wanted in life. In addition to its therapeutic efficacy, the ACT model also holds a profound and heartfelt quality. It encourages individuals to contemplate the purpose and meaning of life and individuals are prompted to delve into questions surrounding their values and are empowered to take tangible steps towards expressing and embodying these values in their daily lives.

What this workshop covers

In this talk, Dr Joe Oliver will take you through an introduction to the ACT model to cover some of the key assumptions of the model and how they help us to understand some of the traps that humans commonly fall into as they struggle with their minds in response to their emotions. You will be introduced to the concept of psychological flexibility and how we can use this idea to practically understand some of these pitfalls learning the ways in which we can increase flexibility to get out of stuckness, increase well-being and build resilience. Joe will take you through a brief overview of the practical applications of the ACT model.

Joe will give you an insight into the theoretical foundations of ACT covering key behavioural principles and how these apply to human language. Lastly, he will give you some tips and ideas on how to take your learning further.


Who is this workshop for?

This workshop is for anyone who wants a brief overview of the ACT model. This could include practitioners, psychologists, therapists, coaches, BCBAs, medics, researchers and students.

Program overview

Module 1: Introduction to the ACT model [7 mins]

  • A brief introduction to the acceptance and commitment therapy model
  • Third wave therapies and ACT
  • The ACT community

Module 2: Background to the model [18 mins]

  • The assumption of healthy normality
  • It’s hard to be human
  • The double edged sword of language
  • Our minds and avoidance

Module 3: How ACT can help [24 mins]

  • Experiential acceptance
  • The ACT hexaflex
  • Psychological flexibility – what is it?
  • What is psychological in flexibility?
  • The skills of open aware and active
  • How ACT applies the skills

Module 4: Theoretical foundations [11 mins]

  • The ABCs of human behaviour
  • Function and context
  • The 3 types of learning
  • Relational frame theory

Module 5: Next steps [3 mins]

  • Some suggestions for learning more about ACT

APA psychologists: This program is sponsored by Contextual Consulting and is approved for 1 CE credit for psychologists. 

Behaviour analysts: This workshop is available for 1 BACB Learning CEUs. Contextual Consulting is an approved BACB ACE Provider # OP-20-3415.

Nationally certified counselors: This workshop is available for 1 credit hour. 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.

Bennett, R., & Oliver, J. E. (2019). Acceptance and commitment therapy: 100 key points and techniques. Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group.

At the end of this training session you will be able to:

  • Describe the 6 core ACT processes and how they relate to psychological flexibility 
  • Identify methods to formulate client problems using ACT processes
  • Describe 5 key techniques and metaphors used in ACT
  • Explain how the theoretical foundations relate to the ACT model

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.

An introduction to the ACT model

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