Life after Covid: using Acceptance & Values to find a way forward for our patients, our colleagues and ourselves with Dr Ray Owen

Two hour webinar

21st Oct 2021


Thursday 21st October, 2021
9am – 11am UK time; 7pm – 9pm Melbourne Time. CLICK HERE to convert to your local time
Online Webinar + recording
Presenter: Dr. Ray Owen
Please note: you can still access the recording for 6 weeks even if you are not able to make the live event

Covid-19 has affected all of us in so many ways, both personally and professionally. As Health and Social Care professionals, we might find ourselves supporting a range of people:

  • Someone grieving for a loved one who died, or other COVID related changes & losses (employment, contact with relatives,  altered life plans)
  • A person with ongoing ‘Long Covid’ fatigue and breathlessness, unable to resume their old life
  • An ITU nurse or doctor, still affected by the things they saw, the choices they had to make,
  • Ourselves, dealing with any or all of the above

Though these may look like quite separate problems, ‘transdiagnostic’ approaches such as Acceptance & Commitment Therapy allow us to see the common factors, and bring the same therapeutic skills to bear.

In this 2 hour webinar, we will focus on the benefits of one aspect of the ACT approach,  the concept of Values: what really matters to a person, what they want their life to be about.

Through a combination of presentations, reflective exercises and discussion, participants will learn:

  • How Values relate to life-changing experiences, including our own
  • How they can help us build a new, fulfilling existence even after trauma and/or chronic health problems
  • How to identify key Values rapidly within sessions
  • The relationship between Values and acceptance
  • The role of Values in learning to cope with traumatic memories
  • How Values can act as ‘compass bearings’ to choose new life-directions
  • How to use Values to inform effective goal-setting to move forward

It will be suitable for a wide range of health and social care providers who find themselves supporting others with the impact of Covid.

No previous knowledge or experience of using Acceptance & Commitment Therapy is required

About Your Presenter

Dr Ray Owen is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Health Psychologist with over 30 years experience of working in Physical Health settings within the NHS. He has substantial experience of teaching and supervision in a wide range of contexts, both within the Health Service and on a freelance basis. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and an accredited facilitator in the national Advanced Communication Skills Programme for senior cancer practitioners. He is also an Association of Contextual Behavioural Science Peer Reviewed Trainer.

He has taught extensively on ACT in physical health contexts, and is the author of two successful self-help books published by Routledge – ‘Facing the Storm (2011)’ and ‘Living with the Enemy (2014)’, both of which were shortlisted for the BMA Popular Medicine Book of the Year Award.




How do I access the webinar?

It’s super simple. The event will be hosted via Zoom. All you need to do is follow a link that you will be provided prior to the course, along with instructions. Just click and join the workshop 

Can I ask questions during the presentation?

Absolutely. You will be able to ask the presenter questions, just as you would in any workshop. You’ll also have the extra benefit of being able to interact with other colleagues who have also joined the webinar.

Will I receive a CPD certificate?

Yes, you will receive a CPD certificate.

Can I view the presentation afterwards?

Yes, a video of presentation will be available after the workshop is finished.  You’ll be able to go back over any part of the webinar to review or check anything that you missed. You also don’t actually have to attend the live webinar – if you’re not able to make it on the actual dates, you can still login afterwards and watch the recorded version.

What equipment do I need?

You just need a computer (PC or Mac), laptop or tablet that can access the internet. You need a good broadband speed that would allow you to comfortably stream a movie (such as a video on YouTube).

Can I still participate in any skills practice work?

Yes, Zoom allows you to easily connect with other participants’  in breakout rooms.

Will the Webinar work on my computer?

Yes! As long as you have access to a web browser and you’re connected to the internet, you will be able to attend. It’s that simple – all you need to do is go to the webpage link, login and you’re set to go. You can join the workshop on any device including your home computer or iPad. You can even join in using your smart phone.

How do I deal with any technical issues that come up?

We will have dedicated technicians on hand throughout the entire duration of the workshop. They will be there to help you manage any issues that may come up and get you back in to the workshop again. Also, if you think there may be a problem, be it with your work access or anything else, you can log in early to check if things are working for you, and be prepared.

There may of course be technical issues that come up on your end, which will be your responsibility to look after. But these are rare and we have an extra handy troubleshooting guide that comes with tips and tricks to deal with any problems.