Acceptance and Commitment Therapy SIG

Using ACT Interventions by Dr Matt Wardley and Sue Hart

In Uncategorized on June 12, 2015 at 9:25 am

Presented by Dr Matt Wardley and Sue Hart 13 & 14 August 2015
9.30am to 4.30pm – Registration from 9.00am

Venue: Solent University Conference Centre, 157-187 Above Bar Street, Southampton SO14 7NN

About the workshop:

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) uses acceptance and mindfulness strategies, together with commitment and behaviour change interventions, to increase psychological flexibility. Increased psychological flexibility enables clients to overcome barriers to behaviour change resulting in an improved quality of life.

This workshop is suitable for those healthcare professionals with a moderate level of familiarity to those with limited knowledge of mindfulness and acceptance-based therapies, and would like to further develop their skills and competence in using these approaches.

The workshop will include:

  • Developing an effective therapeutic relationship
  • Perspective taking
  • How to develop a functional analysis of client behaviour
  • Work with thoughts and other experiences using ACT interventions
  • Developing metaphors
  • How to engage clients in exploring their personal values to drive behaviour change
  • Decide when and how to use mindfulness in a flexible, formulation-informed manner

    The workshop will be presented from an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy framework, and involve case formulation, group and presenter role-play, and video material of interventions and therapy sessions

    About the presenters:
    Dr Matt Wardley is a counselling psychologist working in a NHS-based multidisciplinary persistent pain service in Southampton. He has previously worked in diabetes and renal services in London, having completed his DPsych at City University London.

    Matt has been delivering groups and working individually using an ACT approach for a number of years, focusing on ways of delivering interventions in the most accessible way for clients. He has also conducted research investigating psychological therapists’ lived experience of ACT-based wellbeing training within the workplace. He has a particular interest in the process of learning ACT both for practitioners own self-care as well as enhancing their clinical practice. He has presented his research and run ACT-based workshops at the ACBS World Conference and previous BABCP events respectively.

    Sue Hart is a BABCP accredited therapist with over 20 years of NHS experience working with complex cases including clients with addictions. She is a registered mental health and general nurse. She currently works in private practice as a CBT psychotherapist. Working in private practice has provided her with flexibility of choice of interventions to use with clients and the opportunity for development of some novel and effective strategies.

    Sue has been using ACT individually and in groups for over 10 years. She has presented workshops for a variety of organisations including the NHS and the BABCP.

Registration Fees:

  • Early bird: registrations and payment received up to 13 July
  • BABCP Member: £150 Non-member: £170 Students: £90*
  • Full registration fee from 14 July
  • BABCP Member: £170 Non-member: £190 Students: £100
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