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:
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 counselors or therapists.
In this workshop participants will learn about:
Through the use of cases examples, experiential exercise, and direct skills training, participants will:
The workshop will include only very short lectures, some discussion, and a relatively greater focus on demonstrations, small group work, and role-play.
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.
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.