ACT For Psychosis

ACT for Psychosis – Skills workshop

Monday 4th & Tuesday 5th July 2016


Monday 4th  and Tuesday 5th of July 2016
9.30am – 4.30pm both days
 Resource for London, 356 Holloway Rd, London N7 6PA
Presenter: Dr. Joe Oliver

Contextual Consulting Conference


Do you work with clients who experience distressing psychosis? Wondering how ACT – and mindfulness in general – can help? Want to help your clients more effectively manage distressing symptoms so they can lead full, rich and meaningful lives?

In this two-day, experiential workshop, Joe  will introduce the core skills and knowledge to help people recover from psychosis, using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Psychosis (ACTp). ACTp is a powerful behavioural approach that incorporates acceptance and mindfulness techniques to help people to disentangle from difficult thoughts, feelings or distressing experiences in order to engage in behaviours that are guided by personal values.

The workshop will draw on the Joe’s substantial experience using ACTp across a variety of settings and involve ACTp case formulation, group role-play and presenter’s audio/video material of therapy sessions.


What You Will Learn

In this workshop you will:

  • Understand how the problems of psychosis can be conceptualised using the ACT model
  • Understand how ACTp can be a pragmatic treatment for people with early and established psychosis as well as carers of people with psychosis
  • Learn how to use ACT metaphors and exercises adapted for treatment of psychosis
  • Learn key skills in facilitating ACTp in individual and group-based settings

You will receive:

  • The full manual used in the “ACT for Life” group interventions for psychosis trial (Johns, Oliver et al., 2015).

About The Presenter

 Dr Joe Oliver

Conference held at Friends House, London on 24 April 2015

Dr Joe Oliver is a Clinical Psychologist working within the NHS and is also Director for Contextual Consulting, offering ACT-focused training, supervision and therapy.

Joe regularly delivers teaching and training on both ACT and cognitive behavioural therapies, in the UK and internationally and is an ACBS peer reviewed trainer. He is an effective and engaging speaker and consistently receives good feedback on his workshops (see testimonials HERE).

He is actively involved in research and has been developing ACT/mindfulness individual and group interventions for psychosis at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London. He is a previous chair and current active member of the BABCP ACT Special Interest Group.

He is co-editor of the book, “Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Mindfulness for Psychosis” published by Wiley-Blackwell. He is also co-author of the popular ACT self-help book, ‘ACTivate Your Life’ by Constable Robinson.


  • Early bird – £199 (ends 6th June)
  • Special “Bring a Friend” 30% discount – book 2 places: £139 per person (£278 total) – ends 6th June
  • Standard rate £239 (1st July)

Light refreshments will be provided for morning and afternoon tea. Lunch is not included in the registration fee but you will have the option to purchase lunch at one of the many catering outlets outside of the venue.