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“ACT for People with Psychosis”–John Farhall, London Networking event, 4 May 2012

In London Network on April 15, 2012 at 10:48 am


The next London Acceptance & Commitment Therapy Networking event is going to be held on Friday 4th May from 2 – 5pm at UCL (Pearson Lecture Theatre (North East Entrance), Pearson Building, Gower Street, UCL, WC1E 6BT).

We are privileged to have Dr John Farhall from Latrobe University, Australia, talking about “Act for People with Psychosis: Research from Melbourne”.


ACT for psychosis has shown promise as a viable and possibly efficacious treatment in early clinical trials, however, to date, there has not been a fully controlled RCT published and the field is at an early stage in relation to theoretically relevant measurement, and understanding any effective elements of therapy. This talk will overview current and recent research emanating from Melbourne, Australia addressing these issues including two RCTs, development of the VAAS (Voices Acceptance and Action Scale), and a qualitative study of service users’ response to ACT processes in therapy.


Dr John Farhall is a clinical psychologist and academic who has 30 years’ experience in public mental health services in Melbourne, Australia. He holds a joint appointment as Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychological Science at La Trobe University and Consultant Psychologist at North Western Mental Health. John’s clinical work has specialised in psychotic disorders and complex presentations and his research has investigated the nature of psychotic symptoms and the effectiveness and dissemination of evidence-based services and therapies including CBT and ACT. He is a Chief Investigator with the Lifengage Trial, a RCT investigating the efficacy of ACT for people who have medication-resistant psychotic symptoms.

In the second part of the session, we will have an ACT networking meeting, to provide an opportunity to meet other ACT therapists and researchers, and plan more London events, peer supervision groups etc. (please see attached .pdf for details)

The event is free, and hosted jointly by UCL and the BABCP ACT Special Interest Group. Please RSVP to give us a sense of the numbers for the afternoon: .

We hope to see you there!

EDIT:  John has kindly sent us the slides from his talk, you can download the PPT here. The .pdf version can be downloaded here.

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