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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy training for Social Workers in Sierra Leone – Ross White, London Networking Event, 30 November 2012

In Community, London Network, Trainer on October 15, 2012 at 6:00 pm

The next London ACT Networking event will be on Friday 30th November 2012, 1.30 – 5pm at UCL.

We are pleased to be hosting Dr Ross White, who will be speaking about “Acceptance and Commitment Therapy training for Social Workers in Sierra Leone”.

The population of Sierra Leone has endured a traumatic recent history. During the invasion of Sierra Leone by the Revolutionary United Front rebel group that began in 1999 and ended in 2002, around 40000 to 50000 people were killed and 500000 civilians fled the country (Dufka, 1999). It is estimated that between 7,000 and 10,000 child soldiers may have been part of the fighting forces in Sierra Leone (Government of Sierra Leone, 2005). Gupta & Zimmer (2008) found High levels of intrusion, arousal and avoidance symptoms in 315 children aged 8-18 in assessments conducted 9–12 months after the war. Unfortunately, there is a lack of resource and infra-structure available in Sierra Leone to address mental health problems. This presentation will report on a project that investigated the acceptability and effectiveness of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) training to local social-workers attending workshops in Freetown and Bo, Sierra Leone. The workshops were facilitated by Beate Ebert, Ross White and Jennifer Nardozzi. In light of the history of Sierra Leone and the demographics of the health workers, we hypothesised that a significant proportion of individuals attending the ACT training sessions would present with post-traumatic stress symptoms. We hypothesised that individuals who screened positive for post-traumatic stress would score significantly lower on measures assessing psychological flexibility, value-consistent behaviour and satisfaction with life. A repeated measures (pre/post/3-month follow-up) design was used to assess whether the ACT training was associated with changes on a variety of psychological measures. The presentation will explore the results of the workshop evaluation, and discuss how culturally valid the ACT approach (and associated psychological measures) are for use in Low and Middle Income Countries such as Sierra Leone.

For more details about this work, read here.

About the Speaker

Dr Ross White is a University Teacher and a Clinical Psychologist working in Mental Health and Well-being at the University of Glasgow. He completed a PhD at the Queen’s University of Belfast that focused on depression and hopelessness experienced by individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia. Dr White’s subsequent research has continued to investigate emotional adaptation following psychosis. He has a particular interest in the use of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to facilitate recovery from psychosis. Ross has an honorary contact with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. Most recently Dr White has been appointed as coordinator of the MSc Global Mental Health programme that aims to educate mental health professionals about ways of addressing inequalities and inequities in mental health provision across the globe.

The event is free. We welcome all those with an interest in ACT to attend (BABCP members and non-members are welcome).

Please RSVP here:

Location: Central London

Pearson (North East Entrance) Lecture Theatre,
Pearson Building, Gower Street,

Directions: The nearest tube stations are  Euston Square and Warren Street. A map of the campus is here:

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