ACTivate Your Coaching with Hazel Anderson-Turner & Joe Oliver

A three-part programme for developing your coaching practice using ACT

3rd Apr - 16th Sep 2021


April – September 2021
ONLINE WORKSHOPS + recording available after
Presenters: Hazel Anderson-Turner & Joe Oliver

Are you a coach looking for an evidence-based approach to support your clients to interact more skillfully with their thoughts and feelings?  Are you drawn to provide coaching with a focus on wellbeing and resilience?

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is an approach which has tools and techniques that are applicable for anyone interested in how to live a full a full and meaningful life.  ACT’s evidence-base within workplace wellbeing and coaching is growing, as is the interest in approaches which have been shown to increase resilience and support individuals to achieve transformational change.

ACT supports the development of psychological flexibility, enabling individuals to consciously respond rather than react as if constantly on autopilot.  Coaching clients tell us that ACT’s power is in how it normalises their experience, how the mindfulness techniques support them to notice what is happening and how the exploration and clarifying of values helps them to focus their attention on what is most important to them.  There is often a feeling of lightness following the coaching relationship and a confidence that comes from having a toolkit for living with their mind.

This training gives you the unique opportunity to learn about ACT from one of the leading ACT trainers in the UK and to hear from an experienced International Coach Federation (ICF) accredited coach who has been applying it within the UK National Health Service.

Who are these courses for?
These courses are aimed at executive and life coaches.  There is no requirement for you to have a therapeutic background.


1. ACTivate Your Coaching: Essential Building Blocks & Skills

In this 1-hour webinar, we will give you an overview of the Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) model and how it fits into a coaching practice.  We will cover the key pieces of theory and the evidence, discuss some of the practical ways to build psychological flexibility methods into your coaching practice, and give you an experiential taster of a key ACT  tool and technique.

Thursday, 15th April, 10-11am UK Time BST

The recording of the webinar is available here


2. ACTivate Your Coaching: for Beginners

The aim of this workshop is to build on the foundation set in the initial webinar to take you through the key parts of the ACT model in a coaching context. We will introduce you to the concept of acceptance and how to engage coaching clients with the idea in creative ways. We will discuss up the broad skill set of mindfulness and show you how it can be used across the range of coaching clients. We will take you through the latest methods in working with sticky, tricky thoughts. We will also introduce values-based behavioural change methods

In this introductory workshop you will:

  • Learn how to use and adapt mindfulness for the workplace to build psychological flexibility – the ability to engage in valued behaviours even in the presence of unwanted thoughts and feelings
  • Find out how to help clients in taking committed action in service of their goals, using the power of habit to create sustainable change
  • Learn new ways to enhance your clients’  skilful responding to thoughts and feelings
  • Gain an understanding of what ACT is, the research behind it and how it can support your coaching clients achieve lasting change
  • Experience the tools yourself and gain a powerful, practical toolkit to use with your clients

Thursday 3rd of June, 9.30am – 4.30pm UK Time BST

The recording of the workshop is available here


3. ACTivate Your Coaching: Intermediate Level

The aim of this workshop is to move you to the next level to become more fluid and flexible deliver of your ACT Coaching skills. We will make the session a fun and engaging space where you can practice new skills, ask the questions you always wanted to and see real life demonstrations of central skills of the ACT model.

In this workshop you will learn:

  • How to  set up and deliver your ACT sessions in a coherent way that is responsive and engaging
  • How to plan a session to efficiently and rapidly target key processes
  •  Key skills in acceptance, defusion, mindfulness and values-based goals to super-charge your sessions
  • How to apply ACT in specific coaching contexts, including clients who are stuck in cycles of overwhelm, imposter syndrome, low confidence, self-criticism
  • How to overcome troubleshoot challenges and stuck issues, such as low motivation or reduced client confidence

Thursday 16th of September, 9.30-4.30pm  UK Time BST

The recording of the workshop is available here


Your Facilitators

Dr. Joe Oliver is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and founder of Contextual Consulting, the leading provider of ACT training in the United Kingdom. He has working for over 20 years as a practicing psychologist and is currently a programme director at University College London. He also runs a busy London-based private practice, offering ACT coaching and consultations. He is co-author of the book, Acceptance and Commitment Coaching.


Hazel Anderson-Turner is a Business Psychologist who has been used ACT intensively throughout 2020 when supporting the NHS with resilience coaching.  Hazel has developed a specialism in workplace resilience and uses ACT techniques within her leadership masterclasses and team resilience workshops.