Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

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In this course we provide a clear introduction to the principles of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and how it can be used as part of practice. As part of the ‘third wave’ of cognitive therapies, ACT approaches have grown in popularity in recent years, particularly in relation to working with people for whom traditional cognitive-behavioural approaches are not appropriate. ACT approaches are commonly used by clinical psychologists working with people with complex mental health problems and in physical health settings, such as when working with people with long-term physical health conditions or pain problems.

This workshop will include an introduction to the theory underpinning ACT approaches, alongside a focus on practical therapeutic techniques through experiential tasks and exercises. Clinical and real world examples will be used to illustrate the application of this approach across a range of settings.

The training will be led by Dr Will Curvis (Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Tutor on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology programme at Lancaster University). Will works with people with physical health and neurological problems in an acute hospital setting and has experience of working across primary and secondary care mental health services. 



This introductory course is aimed at graduates aiming to pursue career paths in Clinical Psychology or Psychological Therapy, including those working in therapeutic roles such as Assistant Psychologists or Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners. It is ideal for those seeking to develop their knowledge and skills around ACT. This course is specifically designed for people with some understanding of or training in cognitive-behavioural therapy approaches, though no formal prior learning is required.  


This course is delivered in 1 day (running from 09:30 until 16:30) by clinical tutors from the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Lancaster University who have worked extensively as clinical psychologists across a range of settings, and work hard to create a friendly and informal training environment in which to share discussion. The course costs just £135.

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Lunch is provided as part of the programme cost. Please note any allergies or dietary requirements when booking. After participating, you will receive a certificate of attendance from the Lancaster University Clinical Psychology Education Team.


To register your place please visit our online shop and book your dates. As places are limited we suggest booking early.