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Win £500 in this year’s ACT Essay competition! Deadline 15th October

In Uncategorized on August 29, 2013 at 4:36 pm

The Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Special Interest Group (ACT SIG) is pleased to announce the launch of its 2013 essay competition, the aim of which is to encourage interest in ACT.

Essays are welcome from those at all stages of psychology or CBT training in
the following categories:

• Student
• Assistant
• Research Assistant
• Trainee Psychologists
• Trainee CBT Therapists
Entrants must be members of the ACTSIG. Membership is free to any BABCP member. The BABCP membership fee for those whose gross annual income is less than £21,176 is currently £31.00 if paying by Direct Debit. To join please visit

In addition to offering prize money, the purpose of this competition is to provide applicants with experience of preparing papers for publication. The winning essay will receive £500 and is likely to be selected for publication with the online BABCP journal the Cognitive Behaviour Therapist (tCBT). Publication is subject to the journal’s normal review processes.

Essay question:
The Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) process of self-as-context, or perspective-taking, is central to the enhancement of psychological flexibility,  and thus to promotion of meaningful therapeutic change. Discuss in reference to one area of psychopathology.

Essays will be judged on the following criteria:
• Understanding and ability to write clearly about ACT relevant processes
• Understanding and ability to write clearly about concepts and philosophy
• Understanding of empirical evidence base of ACT
• Accessibility and originality
• Quality of writing in terms of grammar, style, spelling, economy of expression
You should also pay attention to the tCBT ‘Instructions for Contributors’,
which can be downloaded here:

How to submit:
The essay must be submitted by email as a single Word document attachment, together with
references and a cover sheet, to Henry Whitfield at
The cover sheet template can be downloaded  as a Word document from .
Please do not include details of the author on the essay itself (just the cover sheet).
Failure to incorporate the cover sheet will render disqualification.

Good luck with winning! We don’t normally get huge numbers of submissions so you may be in with a better chance than you realise.

The closing date for submissions is 15 October 2013

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