self esteem made simple

Self Esteem Made Simple: Getting Unstuck with Acceptance, Mindfulness and Self-Compassion

Thursday 11th & Friday 12th February, 2016


Thursday 11th and Friday 12th of February, 2016
9.30am – 4.30pm both days
 University of London, Nutford House, London, W1H 5UL
Presenters: Dr. Joe Oliver & Dr Richard Bennett

Are you a therapist who works with issues relating to self-esteem? Do you work with people who struggle with their self-image? People who don’t know who they are? People who constantly judge themselves negatively? People who lack direction and drift through life? If so, this workshop will be of great relevance to your practice.

The concept of low self-esteem has become prominent in everyday language and is often applied to the kind of people described above. The idea that ‘high self-esteem’ is preferable to ‘low self-esteem’ is pervasive amongst therapists and the people who engage their services. However, due to the emphasis on self-rating and judgement, working to raise a person’s self-esteem lacks consistency with the principles and values that characterise more contemporary, or ‘third wave’ developments in cognitive behavioural therapies. Modern innovations suggest powerful new ways of helping client’s to stop fighting for ‘high self-esteem’ and move to developing deep self-acceptance, and lead lives that are rich, fulfilling and fun.ACTivate image copy

This workshop will present cutting edge developments in contemporary theory and practice, drawing on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Relational Frame Theory (RFT) to
help therapists simplify their interventions as related to notions of the self.

All participants will receive a free copy of the new ACT self help book, ACTivate Your Life.

What You Will Learn

The workshop has three clear aims:

  • To promote the latest developments in ACT and RFT in making sense of the self in therapy
  • To help therapists understand the important difference between self-esteem and self-acceptance
  • To equip therapists with practical skills for moving towards self-acceptance through the elegant use of the therapeutic relationship

The workshop will balance theory and practice, making use of didactic, discursive and experiential methods including case formulation, live demonstration, group role-play, and the presenters’ audio/video recorded material of therapy sessions.

About The Presenters

Dr Richard Bennett

JgPkxaSzDr Richard Bennett works as a Clinical Psychologist and Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist. He works in the NHS and in independent practice. He is also an active member of the Association for Contextual Behavioural Sciences and the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies.

In addition to his clinical experience, Richard has extensive experience of teaching and training. He is a Senior Academic Tutor in CBT within the psychology department the University of Birmingham, where he leads the Postgraduate Diploma in High Intensity Psychological Therapies. He has trained and supervised a wide range of healthcare professionals across the UK, as well as overseas.

Dr Joe Oliver

Conference held at Friends House, London on 24 April 2015

Dr Joe Oliver is a Clinical Psychologist working within the NHS and is also Director for Contextual Consulting, offering ACT-focused training, supervision and therapy.

Joe regularly delivers teaching and training on both ACT and cognitive behavioural therapies, in the UK and internationally and is an ACBS peer reviewed trainer. He is an effective and engaging speaker and consistently receives good feedback on his workshops (see testimonials HERE).

He is actively involved in research and has been developing ACT/mindfulness individual and group interventions for psychosis at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London. He is a previous chair and current active member of the BABCP ACT Special Interest Group.

He is co-editor of the book, “Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Mindfulness for Psychosis” published by Wiley-Blackwell. He is also co-author of the popular ACT self-help book, ‘ACTivate Your Life’ by Constable Robinson.



Early bird – £199 (ends 15th Jan)

Special “Bring a Friend” 30% discount – book 2 places by 24th August: £139 per person (£278 total) (ends (15th Jan)

Standard rate £239 (10th Feb)


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.