Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Grief – with Ray Owen

Webinar on practical acceptance and values based strategies for grief

27th Jul 2022

USD $45.00 (+ VAT if applicable)


Wednesday 27th July
9-11am UK Time/ BST, 6-8pm Sydney Time/ AEST. CLICK HERE to convert to your local time
Online Webinar + recording
Presenter: Dr. Ray Owen
Please note: you can still access the recording even if you are not able to make the live event. You will have access to the recording for 6 months

If we are lucky enough to find love in our lives – for a partner, a parent, a child or a pet – then we are likely one day to suffer loss, and the pain that inevitably comes with it. This is a universal process, and a natural one. Cultures throughout history have known that compassion, companionship, ritual and practical support are key things that help.

And some people find themselves more ‘stuck’ in grief: it remains at high intensity for many months or years, or they cannot reengage with important areas of their life. Maybe they find ways of coping with their grief that create other problems in their life (withdrawing from others, drink or drugs, preoccupations with specific memories). Extra support is often needed to help them rebuild a life that is fulfilling, even with an important figure missing. There are many well-established forms of professional help used either in the acute stages of grief, or when longer-term difficulties emerge.

The Psychological Flexibility approach (the best-known form being ACT – Acceptance & Commitment Therapy) is based on a ‘universal’ model of how we all react to the circumstances we find ourselves in, especially the difficult ones. In over 800 Randomised Controlled Trials, it has been shown as helpful with a range of life challenges – including physical health conditions such as chronic pain, stress, anxiety and depression, addictions, significant mental health problems, workplace stress, child and adolescent development and others.

ACT can also be hugely helpful in supporting those who are grieving; helping them to deal with the strong feelings and overpowering thoughts that arise, to make sense of this often-overwhelming experience, to find ways of adjusting to a new life while dealing with the doubts and -often – guilt of moving forward.

In this concise, 2 hour webinar, you will learn:

  • the 3 core processes that can get in the way of living life well even under difficult circumstances (such as loss), and the ‘Open, Aware, Engaged’ alternative
  • how these apply in grief
  • how to help people ‘make room for’ difficult thoughts and feelings rather than struggling with them or avoiding them
  • how to make meaningful links between the experience of emotional pain and the sufferer’s values
  • how to respond to guilt at ‘moving forward’
  • how to use the stance of compassionate, respectful curiosity to increase engagement

This event requires no prior knowledge of ACT or other Psychological Flexibility approaches and is suitable for a wide range of job roles including counsellors, psychologists, social workers, medical, nursing or AHP staff, spiritual care providers.

About Your Presenter

Dr Ray Owen is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist & Health Psychologist with over 25 years’ experience of working in Palliative Care and other physical health settings in the NHS, including significant amounts of grief work. As well as direct clinical work, he has extensive experience of teaching and supervision of other healthcare staff in providing psychological support. He is an ACBS Peer Reviewed ACT trainer, and an in-demand teacher both in the UK and internationally. He is the author of two successful self-help books published by Routledge – ‘Facing the Storm (2011)’ and ‘Living with the Enemy (2014)’ both of which were shortlisted or the British Medical Association’s Popular Medicine Book of the Year Award.


How do I access the webinar?

It’s super simple. The event will be hosted via Zoom. All you need to do is follow a link that you will be provided prior to the course, along with instructions. Just click and join the workshop 

Can I ask questions during the presentation?

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 webinar.

Will I receive a CPD certificate?

Yes, you will receive a CPD certificate.

Can I view the presentation afterwards?

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

What equipment do I need?

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).

Can I still participate in any skills practice work?

Yes, Zoom allows you to easily connect with other participants’  in breakout rooms.

Will the Webinar work on my computer?

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.

How do I deal with any technical issues that come up?

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.

Register now:

USD $45.00 (+ VAT if applicable)