2019 Pre-conference Workshops

Pre-Conference Workshop 1:

Facilitators: Dr Louise Hayes and Professor Joseph Ciarrochi

Title: A young person’s guide to life: Or how to help young people have adventures of a lifetime, even when life gives them s**t

This workshop will engage you in a developmental model of ACT called DNA-v.  This workshop has two aims: (1) Participants will learn the 4 developmental processes and 2 perspectives that underpin DNA-v; and (2) participants will engage in exercises that can be used immediately with young people. It will be fun and engaging. The workshop will build into a protocol that participants can use in their work with young people and the adults that surround them. Developmental ACT done in this way brings in an explicitly contextual focus, and uses research from evolutionary science, behavioural science, and positive psychology to create a new paradigm for promoting vital living.

Download a brochure for this workshop here:  Young Person’s Guide Flyer


Pre-Conference Workshop 2:

Facilitator: Professor Kelly Wilson

Title: Using Values, Self-Care, and Self-Compassion to improve Long-term health conditions

This will be a “no jargon” zone workshop. Although we anticipate many in the workshop will be psychologists, we hope to welcome many from allied health care professions. This work is directly relevant to physicians, nurses, dietician, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and other health care providers. In fact, you are welcome to bring a spouse or friend. It will be relevant and understandable!

This workshop will provide two days focused on values work in ACT. ACT is an integrated model, so our work together will necessarily touch upon other components of the model. However, the workshop will show how other components facilitate valued living.

Self-Care and Self-Compassion are often experienced as competing with “other-focused” values, such as parenting, intimate relations, and work. Very often, self-care is last on the list. In this workshop, we will learn through direct experience how powerful acts of self-care and self-compassion can enrich and empower all other areas of valued living.

ACT principles will guide participants in new interventions, worksheets, and interviews that can be used in any human services environment, including mental health clinics, but also, medical settings, workplaces, schools, and community centers.

The workshop will be densely experiential and will focus on a set of tools and skills that participants will be prepared to use immediately following the workshop.

Download a brochure for this workshop here:  Kelly Wilson workshop

Pre-Conference Workshop 3:

Facilitator: Dr Bruce Arroll

Title: Getting big results from brief psychological consults (a one day workshop on focused acceptance and commitment therapy (FACT))

The aim of this workshop is to demonstrate FACT (focused acceptance and commitment therapy) where consultation times are 20 to 30 minutes. This has been developed in health care settings by Dr Kirk Strosahl (an ACT founder) and Dr Patti Robinson in Washington State and the workshop has developed from their work. The idea is to do a rapid contextual interview (work/love/play see www.brucearroll.com for more details – all material is free on this website) and then invite the client to commit to a small achievable number of activities. The seminar will feature some game changing “killer” narratives that can get big results. It will suit anyone who works in general health care or is main stream mental health and wish to see new techniques and narratives, or wish to learn about the ankle brace Zenith and injuries. It will be of interest to clinical and health psychologists, counsellors, social workers, students and GPs.

Download a brochure for this workshop here: bruce arroll workshop

Pre-Conference Workshop 4:

Facilitator: Dr Emily Sandoz

Title: Nurturing Roots to Reach New Heights: Revisiting Foundations for Mastering Flexible, Process-Based ACT Implementation

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is defined, not topographically in terms of techniques or exercises, but functionally in terms of its focus on building flexibility into the behavioral repertoire (through whatever techniques or exercises work to do so). Often, however, ACT training involves didactic descriptions of flexibility linked to experiential training of techniques and exercises. This makes functional mastery with creative and sensitive generativity difficult, as the number of exemplars necessary for such is higher than that to which many have easy access. An alternative approach to ACT mastery involves experiential training in the direct clinical applications of functional contextual philosophy and behavior analytic theory, which naturally extends into flexible, process-based implementation of ACT. In this way, creativity, sensitivity, and generativity are directly targeted in the therapist repertoire. This two-day workshop offers an experiential return to the philosophical and theoretical roots of ACT, and, working from solid foundations, extensive process-based practice toward mastery.

Download a brochure for this workshop here: Emily Sandoz workshop

Pre-Conference Workshop 5:

Facilitator: Dr Eric Morris

Title: Running effective Group Acceptance & Commitment Therapy: using mindfulness & values-based action to empower change

Groups can be an effective and cost-efficient way to deliver training in psychological skills, and promote a sense of common humanity and mutual support. Group ACT is based on behavioural principles (functional analysis, shaping, exposure and behavioural activation) that underpin effective change. Group ACT has been found to engage hard-to-reach populations and be culturally sensitive. Practitioners leading groups informed by the ACT model will find that this a core set of psychological flexibility skills can address wellbeing, quality of life and personal effectiveness across a range of settings and issues.

This 1-day workshop introduces participants to using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) as a group therapy. ACT is a contextual CBT that strengthens skills in mindfulness and values-based action to promote wellbeing, quality of life and functioning. Due to the process-oriented and trans-diagnostic nature of Group ACT, it can be an effective approach in clinical, workplace and training settings. The workshop will focus on developing fundamental skills in doing ACT in groups, using didactic and experiential methods:

1) Understanding how to structure ACT groups

2) How to present ACT-consistent rationales in group;

3) how to use group interactions to model and augment ACT’s processes of change; and

4) how to introduce and conduct physical metaphors to promote these processes in a fun and engaging way

Download a brochure for this workshop here: ACT groups workshop


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