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Admission Price: This event is free to attend.
Speakers: Dr. Paul Flaxman, Professor Frank Bond, Dr. Joe Oliver, Teresa Jennings, Ross Mc Intosh, Jaimie Persson, Damian Mullins, Dr. Liz Tallentire
A free one-day CPD event for professionals interested in using ACT to improve employees’ psychological health and resilience.
Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is a skills-based psychological intervention that uses a combination of acceptance and mindfulness strategies, along with strategies designed to help clients clarify personal values, and to use those values as an increasingly prominent guide to daily behavior. ACT is increasingly being delivered in workplace settings to enhance employees’ psychological flexibility, personal resilience, and mental health. This free one-day CPD event will provide delegates with insight into how ACT is being adapted, delivered, and evaluated in various organisations.
The event is likely to be of interest to any professionals interested in the application of ACT as a training programme in workplace settings; this might include psychologists, coaches, psychotherapists, occupational health professionals, OD, HR, and learning and development specialists. The day will include presentations from leading ACT practitioners and researchers, and will also include opportunities for you to experience training techniques that have been used in recent ACT-based workplace programmes.
Confirmed speakers and session facilitators
Dr. Paul Flaxman
Senior lecturer in organisational psychology at City, University of London. Paul has taken a prominent role in developing ACT for staff in healthcare settings, local and central government organisations, and most recently for improving school teachers’ well-being (funded by the British Academy). His latest ACT-based training protocol has been adopted by staff support practitioners across the UK, and also in Canada, Australia, and Uganda.
Professor Frank Bond
Director, Institute of Management Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London. Frank is considered a pioneer in helping to bring ACT to the UK during the 90s, and in adapting ACT for workplace settings. In 2000, Frank published the first randomised controlled trial demonstrating ACT’s efficacy for improving employees’ mental health. Frank’s more recent work has included delivering ACT to the sport psychologists and coaches responsible for Team GB's elite athletes, and developing ACT’s model of personal psychological flexibility to make it applicable at an organisational level.
Dr. Joe Oliver
Director of Contextual Consulting (https://contextualconsulting.co.uk/). Joe is one of the world’s leading ACT practitioners and trainers, and has taken a lead role in developing the ACT special interest group within the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies. He has extensive experience of delivering ACT to clients and groups in mental health, performance coaching, and workplace settings. Joe is author of the ACT self-help book ‘ACTivate Your Life’ (2015).
Consultant clinical psychologist in occupational health at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust. Teresa has managed the Trust’s Staff Psychology and Counselling Service for the past 16 years. In recent years, Teresa and her team have developed and delivered ACT-based resilience training to some 1000 Trust staff (including a significant proportion of the Trust’s senior nurses). Teresa’s team have a wealth of experience to share around the practicalities, benefits, and challenges of delivering large-scale ACT interventions to staff groups.
Ross McIntosh, Jaimie Persson, and Damian Mullins
Co-directors of ACT3 Psychology, an ACT-based training and coaching consultancy. Ross, Jaimie, and Damian are a team of organisational psychologists who have recently been delivering ACT to staff in charities, Universities, schools, and central government. They are also research associates of City’s organisational psychology group, and are helping to collect evidence of ACT’s impact across various occupational groups.
Dr. Liz Tallentire
Clinical psychologist, ACT and mindfulness trainer, Lancashire and Bolton NHS trusts. Over the past year, Liz has been delivering ACT and mindfulness-based interventions to large numbers of staff at two NHS trusts. Working within one Trust’s HR department, Liz has taken a lead role in setting up a new staff health and well-being centre, which has ACT and mindfulness training as a central part of the staff support service provision.
Breakout rooms are A107, A108, A111 and A214