ACT for Physical Health Problems: Intermediate Levels with Ray Owen

Deep dive into skills development

25th May 2022

USD $300.00 (+ VAT if applicable)


Wednesday 25th  and Thursday 26th May 2022
9.30am – 4.30pm both days. CLICK HERE to convert to your local time
ONLINE WORKSHOP + recording available after
Presenter: Dr. Ray Owen
Please note: you can still access the recording for 6 weeks even if you are not able to make the live event


Many of us have found that Acceptance & Commitment Therapy approaches helpful for physical health problems. We’ve seen people’s lives improve by identifying their Values, taking committed action in support of them, making room for unpleasant feelings and not getting tangled up in difficult thoughts. And getting better at noticing what’s going on in the present moment to help make all that happen.

But what benefits are there for going deeper into the model – how might that help the people you work with? Do those trickier ideas we read about like conceptualised-self, rule-governed behaviour , functional analysis, RFT,  deictic framing actually offer anything practical?

This post-basic ACT for Health workshop is for people who are already familiar with the core ACT model (values, defusion, acceptance etc) and have some experience of applying it to people with physical health problems, but who would like to learn more about the practical use of some of those (at-first-glance) more complex aspects of the model

In this 2-day didactic, experiential, and skills-building workshop, participants will learn:

  • The role of self-stories in an altered sense of self (“I’m just not the person I used to be…”), and how working with self-as-context can help build a new approach to loss of identity
  • Rule-governed behaviour – recognising old ‘rules’ for living that don’t help any more with altered health, how those rules come about, and instead helping people build new, flexible rules-of-thumb
  • How embedding simple functional analysis as part of your moment-by-moment clinical practice can get you unstuck from content
  • How perspective-taking can enhance important concepts like compassion & self-compassion
  • How we can work with concepts of trauma and moral injury within physical health from an ACT perspective

To make sure we focus on these areas, the workshop will assume that participants already have a good grasp of the basics of ACT, and have some experience of applying it with people who have physical health problems, as we won’t be spending time covering these.

The experiential exercises will bring us into contact with difficult thoughts and feelings – please be aware of this in deciding whether to attend.

Equipment you will need

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About Your Speaker

Dr Ray Owen is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Health Psychologist with over 20 years experience of working in Physical Health settings within the NHS. He has substantial experience of teaching and supervision in a wide range of contexts, both within the Health Service and on a freelance basis. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and an accredited facilitator in the national Advanced Communication Skills Programme for senior cancer practitioners. He is also an Association of Contextual Behavioural Science Peer Reviewed Trainer.

He has taught extensively on ACT in physical health contexts, and 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 for the BMA Popular Medicine Book of the Year Award.


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USD $300.00 (+ VAT if applicable)