Flexibility @ Work – Developing Flexibility in Others @ Work


Course Description

Recorded Webinar
Presenters: Ross McIntosh & Annie Gascoyne

What you will learn

The aim of this module is to provide you with the knowledge and skills to deliver ACT-based training to working populations, to cultivate flexible behaviour, effectiveness and well-being in workplace settings.

In this 2-day workshop you will learn:

  • How to deliver engaging ACT programs to groups of employees in workplace settings
  • The behaviours and skills involved in ACT-oriented group facilitation
  • About the latest research developments around ACT in workplace settings
  • Key strategies to develop buy-in from employees and organisations

Day 1 of the workshop will demonstrate strategies used in a typical opening session of a workplace ACT program, along with examples of how to cultivate cognitive defusion in workplace groups. During their practical demonstrations, Annie and Ross will frequently pause to provide delegates with deeper insight into why they use particular strategies, and examples of how to respond to participants’ experiences.

Day 2 will provide demonstration of additional ACT strategies being used in workplace interventions. Ross and Annie will also ensure that space is provided for delegates in similar organisational areas to connect and discuss common themes. They will also lead discussions on how to market ACT programs, the profile of the employees who might volunteer for the training, the use of “taster” sessions, ethical issues, and evaluation.

Delegates will be provided with a copy of the latest trainers’ manual for delivering ACT in workplace settings.

As part the training package you will also receive a comprehensive manual for the new protocol. This training approach has been utilised by organisations spread across the UK, including by the staff support services in twenty NHS Trusts, by teams of educational psychologists, the prison service, and in central government departments. Their training has also been adopted by workplace practitioners in the US, Uganda, Canada, and Australia. In the private sector the protocol has been used as the foundation for interventions in a large global American bank, AIMIA, Nectar Loyalty and a global technology company.

Who is this ACT train-the-trainer course for?

This train-the-trainer course is particularly designed for psychologists, counsellors, therapists, and other mental health or occupational health/ human resources professionals who are in a position to deliver workplace interventions designed to improve employees’ psychological well-being.

Ideally, applicants for this course will already be able to demonstrate some or all of the following qualifications and experience:

  • An understanding of the basic processes and principles of ACT and mindfulness-based interventions
  • A level of experience of applying ACT in their own life,
  • Relevant professional training (e.g., clinical, counselling, occupational, or educational psychologist, counselling/ psychotherapy, human resource management)
  • Previous experience of delivering well-being interventions in workplace settings
Your Facilitators

Ross McIntosh

Ross is an organisational and coaching psychologist. As a practitioner, he uses evidence-based psychology in all areas of his portfolio career.

In his research role at City, University of London, Ross designs and deliver Personal Resilience Training for both the public and private sector, based upon Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and wider contextual behavioural science. He lectures in organisational psychology at City, University of London, Goldsmiths and Birkbeck.

He also works part-time as the in-house organisational psychologist for an agency of HM Treasury. Here he focuses on leadership development, psychological flexibility and senior recruitment.

He founded the start-up, People Soup which aims to cultivate psychological flexibility in organisations. He has recently delivered evidence-based training to staff in the NHS, Civil Service, Nectar Loyalty, teachers, a global American bank and a variety of ballet companies including the Birmingham Royal Ballet, Rambert, Scottish Ballet and The Royal Ballet. Most recently he designed and delivered a development workshop for a group of Senior Leaders at a multinational technology company. In 2020 he’s been working on the design and deliver of interventions for specialist paramedics, wellbeing leads in schools and nurses in Uganda.

Prior to his portfolio career, Ross spent over 20 years in Senior HR roles in Government. He holds a BSc (Hons) in psychology from the University of Dundee and Masters degrees in Human Resource Management and Organisational Psychology. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD) and also hosts the popular podcast – People Soup – psychology@work.

Twitter https://twitter.com/PeopleSoupPod

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/people.soup/

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/peoplesouppod/LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/ross-mcintosh-261a2a22/

Visit Ross’ website – http://www.rossmcintosh.co.uk/

Hear Annie and Ross in action as they chat in a two-parter on the People Soup Podcast!

Dr Annie Gascoyne

Annie is an organisational psychologist and coach who uses behavioural science to equip people and organisations with skills to achieve their aims, with a greater sense of wellbeing, meaning and purpose.

Annie has over 20 years of experience across a wide range of organisations from multinational corporations through to entrepreneurial start-ups, and from financial services to charities. She has worked as an external consultant and coach, and as an internal manager of people, projects, operations and change.

Annie’s transition to organisational psychology was driven by her desire to help organisations and their people to work together more successfully and healthily. Her doctoral thesis, which researched organisational and psychological flexibility, provides her practice with a leading-edge, evidence-based perspective for improving our world of work.

She is also a visiting lecturer at the Institute of Management Studies (IMS), Goldsmiths University of London, teaching Organisational Behaviour & Health and Assessment & Selection courses on the MSc Occupational Psychology programme.

Connect with Annie on LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/anneligascoyne/

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.

Flexibility @ Work – Developing Flexibility in Others @ Work

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