ACT Intermediate Skills Workshop with Joe Oliver

Thursday 28th and Friday 29th November


Thursday 28th & Friday 29th November, 2019
 9- 4.30pm on Day 1 & 9 – 3.30pm on Day 2
St Alban’s Centre, Leigh Place, Baldwin’s Gardens, London EC1N 7AB
Presenter: Dr. Joe Oliver

This workshop builds upon the introductory workshop, deepening participants’ abilities in using the ACT approach in clinical practice. Participants will learn how to rapidly develop ACT based case formulation and apply it in a fluid and flexible way. Joe will also teach a range of practical skills to use acceptance, defusion and mindfulness techniques effectively.

Joe will create a fun and engaging learning environment in which new skills and be developed and extended. This will involve small skills group work, live and video demos and experiential exercises.

In this workshop, you will learn:

  • A variety of new and powerful metaphors
  • Experiential exercises in forgiveness and compassion
  • New cognitive defusion techniques
  • Advanced skills in using the ACT Matrix
  • New mindfulness techniques
  • How to add to your toolkit of powerful and new techniques to work with even the most tricky negative thoughts
  • The key factors in resistance to change – and managing stick points and “curve balls”
  • Ways to use Relational Frame Theory to develop new metaphors

You’ll also discover:

  • How to engage clients in creatively exploring their personal values to drive purposeful life change.
  • Ways to use mindfulness in a flexible, formulation-informed manner.
  • How to supercharge your therapy relationship to develop strong and meaningful
  • How to get to values with clients who say ‘I don’t know’
  • How to deal with “values-conflicts”
  • Methods to rapidly and easily conceptualize cases and figure out ACT interventions
  • Techniques to turn boring, frustrating sessions into vital, engaging encounters

About The Presenter

 Dr Joe Oliver

Joe is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and founder of  Contextual Consulting. He is also Course Director for the UCL Post Graduate Diploma in CBT for Psychosis and works within Camden & Islington NHS Foundation Trust.   Joe is an active member of the Association for Contextual Behavioural Sciences as a peer reviewed ACT trainer. He is co-editor of “Acceptance and Commitment Therapy & Mindfulness for Psychosis”, and co-author of  the self help book, “ACTivate Your Life”,  and of the text books,  “ACT for Psychosis Recovery”, “Acceptance and Commitment Coaching” and “100 Key Points and Techniques in ACT”.


  • Early bird – £240 (£288 inc VAT) – ends 1st November
  • Standard rate £270 (£324 inc VAT) – from 1st November
  • Special “Bring a Friend” 30% discount – book 2 places: £168 per person (£201.60 inc VAT) – limited places available
  • Discount 30% off if you have attended an Introductory workshop with us before £168 per person (£201.60 inc VAT)



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.