Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in Chronic Pain: Essential Skills for a New Era with Lance McCracken

Thursday 5th & Friday 6th November 2020


Thursday 5th & Friday 6th November 2020
9.30am – 4.30pm both days UK Time
ONLINE WORKSHOP + recording available after
Presenter: Dr. Lance McCracken
Please note: you can still access the recording for 3 weeks even if you are not able to make the live event

Chronic pain and related conditions are among the most difficult to manage, both for the people who have them but also for treatment providers who aim to help them.  Pain feels threatening, there are losses, and the future looks uncertain.  Help is needed and what is the best way to help?

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a form of CBT that is well suited to helping people address the challenges presented by chronic pain and related conditions. ACT for chronic pain is one of the best developed of all applications of ACT to human suffering. In fact the first clinical training workshop on ACT for chronic pain was delivered in the UK just more than 20 years ago.

The evidence base, clinical training, how ACT is practiced in clinical settings has changed over the past 20 years. Current practice is influenced by several developments:

  • Wider understanding for Relational Frame Therapy, an approach to language and thinking allied with ACT
  • An increasing emphasis in CBT on Process-Based Therapy
  • New ways to frame psychological flexibility, the therapeutic focus in ACT, with the appearance of A Liberated Mind, a book by Steve Hayes.

This two-day workshop is designed for treatment providers interested in chronic pain and related conditions.  It is an up to date approach to training in essential skills for those with little or no prior training in ACT, of for people wishing to refresh their basic skills. The training is suitable for psychologists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, nurses, or doctors, or other counsellors or therapists.

In this workshop participants will learn about:

  • The challenges of chronic pain that make is so well suited to ACT.
  • The latest evidence for ACT in chronic pain.
  • The psychological flexibility model as applied to chronic pain.
  • How to apply facts of psychological flexibility to ourselves.
  • How to recognise inflexibility in another’s behaviour and how to respond to this in ways that promote flexibility.

Through the use of cases examples, experiential exercise, and direct skills training, participants will:

  • See psychological flexibility processes in their own experience.
  • Directly practice skills that can be applied in clinical practice.
  • Learn alternative simple ways to conceptualise and apply psychological flexibility
  • Take away easy to learn skills for working with the most challenging parts of the model, such as “self” and perspective-taking.

The workshop will include only very short lectures, some discussion, and a relatively greater focus on demonstrations, small group work, and role-play.

Equipment you will need

To access this workshop you will need a stable internet connection and a set of smart phone ear buds with built in microphone. Your internet speed should be a minimum of 1.5mbs  DOWNLOAD & UPLOAD. You can check that here at www.speedtest.net


Early bird rate ends 30th October, 2020

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About The Presenter

Lance M McCracken is currently Professor of Clinical Psychology, and Head of the Division of Clinical Psychology, at Uppsala University in Sweden. He has worked for more than 25 years as a clinical psychologist in chronic pain services, including 18 years in the NHS. In the year 2000 he helped start the first interdisciplinary chronic pain specialty service based on ACT in the UK.

Lance is an active clinical researcher and has published over 250 scientific articles and chapters, and two books, most of these on treatment development related to ACT and chronic pain. In 2014 he was selected as a Fellow of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science and he has been designated as a “Distinguished International Affiliate” of the APA Division of Health Psychology for “Outstanding Contributions to Health Psychology.” He has extensive experience in delivering clinical training workshops and has done more than 80 one-, two-, or three-day workshops around the world in the past 20 years.