Free introduction to ACT

We’re supporting the Mental health foundation on mental health awareness week by sharing our FREE introduction to ACT course.

Acceptance and commitment therapy, (ACT) is an exciting and powerful approach for understanding and working with human behaviour and as champions of the ACT model we wanted to share this short course to give everyone the opportunity to see the benefits of acceptance and commitment therapy. While ACT is a therapy to help people with their particular stock, it is becoming more widely used in areas such as performance, workplaces, relationships, physical health and overall increasing well-being and resilience.

Finding moments for movement

The theme for this year’s mental health awareness week is #MomentsForMovement, encouraging us all to move a bit more.  When life’s busy, it can be tricky finding time for wellbeing-boosting activities with research from the mental health society showing that more than a third of UK adults find it challenging to find the time for movement. It might be easier than people think though, the ACT model is incredibly practical at equipping individuals with the tools and strategies they need to make the changes they want in life. ACT helps therapists, psychologists and support workers to delve into questions surrounding clients values and empowering them to take tangible steps towards expressing and embodying these values in their daily lives. Focusing on values driven behaviour means that clients can find time to do those things that are important to them. Activities such as exercise, whether that be sport, nature walks or more gentle movement can help with present moment awareness and overall mindfulness so can be an important asset in the journey to psychological flexibility. While acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is primarily a psychological intervention, it can still be a helpful tool to help individuals manage the psychological and emotional impact of physical health challenges. Read more about this in our knowledge hub post – physical health and ACT. We are excited to share this free ACT training with you to support your own learning about both mental and physical health on the path to psychological flexibility and well-being.

What is included in the FREE “introduction to ACT” training?

In this free online training session, our founder Dr Joe Oliver will guide you through the key assumptions of the ACT model and how they can help you understand the common pitfalls clients face as they grapple with their emotions. You’ll discover the concept of psychological flexibility – and how developing this skill can free individuals from “stuckness”, increasing their overall well-being and resilience.

Joe will provide a practical overview of the ACT model, including the behavioural principles that underpin it and how they relate to human language. You’ll come away with a solid grasp of the theoretical foundations of ACT and tangible tips to continue expanding your own, and your clients psychological flexibility. We hope that this session gives you a taster into the world of ACT and that you join us on the journey towards unlocking more flexible, fulfilling ways of life.

Where else can I learn more about ACT?

We are on a mission to share the principles of the ACT model to as many people as possible, allowing more individuals to benefit from its empowering approach. As part of this we have built a knowledge hub, packed with articles about core topics related to ACT, and individual issues and how ACT might be able to support. Once you are using ACT within your practice more regularly our resource hub includes a selection of assets that will be useful for everyday implementation, including worksheets, videos, metaphors, book chapters and more. Follow us on our social media channels too to benefit  from the latest ACT research, expert tips and fun therapy related clips and insight.

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