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Building mindfulness and resilience across contexts – December 2013 London ACT Networking event

In Fellow Travellers, London Network on November 10, 2013 at 9:51 pm

BABCP ACT SIG and University College London

London ACT Networking Event, Friday 20 December 2013, 2 – 4pm

Psychological Flexibility: Building mindfulness and resilience across contexts

Dr John Boorman, University of New South Wales John boorman

Within the contextual behavioural science (CBS) and ACT communities, there has always been a focus on the prediction and influence of altering clinically relevant behaviours.  Part of this overall objective has been to understand whether the construct of Psychological Flexibility can play a significant role in helping to facilitate this aim.  As our knowledge of Psychological Flexibility continues to develop, so too does the search to arrive at a more empirical, testable account of the psychological processes that actually account for Psychological Flexibility. Two factors which may assist with this purpose are the everyday clinical concepts of Resilience and Mindfulness.

This talk will highlight the findings from a large scale research project conducted at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, examining the influence of these factors.  This research was carried out on a cross section of university students across 3 separate campuses, including the Australian Defence Force, Canberra. A large focus of this seminar will be to stimulate open discussions on how the findings can be utilised clinically in a range of different contexts, including how can increasing our conceptual knowledge of these constructs lead to specific interventions in everyday practice.

The Speaker

Dr John Boorman is a Clinical Psychologist who worked and trained in the UK.  He is currently employed at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney, Australia, as a clinical researcher and practicing psychologist in the counselling and psychological services (CAPS).  Here John has been responsible for conducting a large scale research project into the functional factors which affect student wellbeing. His role also involves providing direct clinical interventions to a student population. In addition to these roles, John works in a large private practice specialising in delivering a range of ACT interventions with children and adolescents. Since developing a special interest in ACT in 2005, John has provided teaching on this approach for various institutions including UK Clinical Psychology doctoral training courses, the BABCP, BPS and several NHS and private organisations. John regularly attends and contributes at national and international psychology conferences, including the ACBS world conference held at UNSW in July.  John has also written a book chapter on ACT for The Sage Handbook of Counselling and Psychotherapy.

When:                     Friday 20 December 2013, 2 – 4pm.

Where:                   Sir David Davies Lecture Theatre G08, Roberts Building, University College London, Torrington Place, WC1E 7JE London, UK.  (opposite Waterstones)

Please RSVP to give us a sense of the numbers for the afternoon:

Directions: The nearest tube stations are Euston Square, Goodge Street, and Warren Street.

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