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

Thursday 28th & Friday 29th June, 2018

Course Description

Workshop Featured Images Webcast Thursday 28th and Friday 29th of June, 2018
9.30am – 4.30pm both days
 Central London
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.

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.

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.

Dr Richard Bennett


Dr Richard Bennett works as a Clinical Psychologist and Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist.  He worked in physical and mental health services in the NHS for over 20 years as both an Occupational Therapist and Clinical Psychologist, before setting up Think Psychology, which is an independent psychology practice offering, therapy, supervision, training, and expert witness services.  Richard is also an active committee member of the Association for Contextual Behavioural Sciences (ACBS) UK and Ireland Chapter and the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy (BABCP) ACT Special Interest Group.

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 CBT, training NHS staff to work in IAPT services.  He has trained and supervised a wide range of healthcare professionals across the UK, as well as overseas.  He is recognised as a BABCP accredited psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer, and as an ACBS Peer-reviewed ACT trainer.  He is also the co-editor of the book, “Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy in Sport and Exercise”, published by Routledge in 2017.

Dr Joe Oliver

Conference held at Friends House, London on 24 April 2015

Dr Joe Oliver is a Consultant 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.

  • Special “Bring a Friend” 30% discount – book 2 places: £168 per person (£202 inc VAT) – limited places available
  • Early bird – £240 (£288 inc VAT) – ends 1st June
  • Standard rate £270 (£324 inc VAT) – from 1st June
  • Student rate – £90 (£108 inc VAT) – limited places

The same fee applies if you are joining via Interactive Webcast. Please select this option when you book. Click here to find out more about our Interactive Webcasting.


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.

If you have disability and require adjustments or accommodation, please email us at to discuss your needs and we will do our best to help you.

Booking cancellation 

The registration fee will be refunded minus a administration charge if cancellations are received at least two weeks before the workshop date.

Cancellations within two weeks of the event date are charged the full registration fee, other than in exceptional circumstances that can be verified.

Event cancellation 
In the event of cancellation of the course outside of our control we will not be held accountable for travel and/or accommodation costs incurred. However, the workshop fees will be refunded.

All workshops will be subject to minimum delegate numbers being met; in the event that a workshop should be cancelled delegates will be given no less than 2 months’ notice.

Replacing delegates

If a delegate is unable to attend and a replacement is nominated there may be a charge depending on the individual circumstances, this will be advised at the time. Please contact the us to request a replacement of delegates at least a week before the workshop date.

Self Esteem Made Simple: Getting Unstuck with Acceptance, Mindfulness and Self-Compassion
27th - 29th Jun 2018