Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
What you'll learn
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- ACT is a form of cognitive behavioural therapy that uses mindfulness
- How to deliver ACT step-by-step
- Use ACT to improve people's mental health
- There are no perquisites as all ACT concepts will be explained from their foundations
- Some knowledge of person-centred and CBT will aid understanding
- ACT can be more technical than other psychotherapies, so students are encouraged to make notes and participate in exercises
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a type of cognitive behavioural therapy that uses mindfulness-based techniques to help people change their lives.
Where other psychotherapies focus on reducing symptoms, ACT focuses on helping individuals make changes and live with purpose. ACT helps people build psychological flexibility so that they can respond to their difficult experiences in new ways.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy has a strong evidence base and is recommended by the World Health Organisation, NHS and American Psychological Association.
This course will teach you the fundamentals of what ACT is and how to use it. It is suitable for psychotherapists and mental health professionals, as well as individuals looking to apply ACT to their own wellbeing. We’ll cover the theory, practice and techniques of ACT including:
What ACT is and the underlying theoretical model
Why existing interventions such as traditional CBT often fail
The six processes of psychological flexibility
Delivering ACT step-by-step
Building a strong therapeutic relationship
The course includes video lectures, downloads, quizzes, practical exercises and a comprehensive course handbook. You will gain hands-on experience trying ACT techniques and finish the course with a variety of skills for building psychological flexibility.
No prior knowledge of acceptance and commitment therapy is required to enrol on this course. You do not need a background in cognitive behavioural therapy or mindfulness, although having one may aid understanding. All concepts will be explained from the ground up.
Who this course is for:
- Psychotherapists and mental health professionals looking to introduce ACT
- Individuals looking to improve their own mental health
- Psychology students who want to learn about the acceptance and commitment model
Chris Worfolk is a psychologist and software consultant. He is the author of nine books and has taught over 50,000 students on Udemy. He specialises in software, career coaching, mental health and resilience.
Chris is the founder of the mental health charity Anxiety Leeds and co-founder of the Leeds Anxiety Clinic. He is the author of Do More, Worry Less: Small Steps To Reduce Your Anxiety. He has a degree in psychology from Leeds Beckett University.
Previously, he has spent over ten years working in the IT industry helping companies including Sky, Asda, Capita and the NHS improve the digital products. He is the author of numerous books including How to Exit VIM and the IT Contracting Master Class. He has a degree in computing from the University of Leeds.
In his spare time, he is an ironman triathlete, ultramarathon runner, competitive public speaker. He lives in Leeds with his wife and daughter.
Holbeck College provides training in psychology and mental health. Our mission is to make psychology education more accessible to a wider audience to raise the standard of mental health knowledge in society.
We teach evidence-based approaches using a variety of learning styles including videos lessons, reading, exercises and quizzes so whatever your learning style, there will be something in the course for you.
Our best-selling courses include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Couples Counselling, Mindfulness Teacher Training and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).