Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Learn how CBT and mindfulness come together to form a third-wave acceptance-based approach.
21 February 2024
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a contemporary and evidence-based form of cognitive behavioural therapy that offers a unique approach to enhancing psychological wellbeing. In this introductory course, you will learn about the core concepts, theories and skills used in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
At its core, ACT harnesses the power of mindfulness-based techniques to help individuals build essential skills in psychological flexibility. Unlike traditional therapies that primarily focus on symptom reduction, ACT places a profound emphasis on empowering individuals to make meaningful life changes and live in accordance with their values and aspirations.
This therapeutic model is founded on the idea that, by accepting their thoughts and emotions without judgment, individuals can cultivate the capacity to respond to life's challenges in more adaptive and constructive ways. ACT provides a practical framework for individuals to build resilience, identify their values, and commit to actions that lead to a more purposeful and fulfilling life.
ACT is a transdiagnostic approach that has gained recognition and recommendation from respected global health and psychological organisations including the World Health Organisation, NHS and American Psychological Association.
This course is an invaluable gateway to comprehending the core principles of ACT and its practical application. It is a foundational resource for psychotherapists and mental health professionals interested in exploring ACT, as well as individuals aspiring to apply ACT principles to enhance their own wellbeing.
Throughout the course, you will delve into the theoretical foundations, practical techniques, and the underlying principles of ACT, which include:
- A comprehensive understanding of what ACT is and the theoretical framework it is built upon.
- An exploration of the limitations of traditional therapeutic methods, including traditional CBT, and why ACT offers an alternative path.
- A detailed examination of the six processes of psychological flexibility, the cornerstone of ACT.
- A step-by-step guide to the delivery of ACT, providing you with practical insights into its application.
- Insights into building a robust therapeutic alliance, a pivotal component of ACT's success.
The course is thoughtfully designed, featuring video lectures, downloadable resources, 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 for 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.
About Level 2
Level 2 is an introductory level qualification suitable for all. They typically do not require prior experience and will take 6-12 weeks to complete based on studying one module per week. See the course description for information specific to this course.
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Meet your instructor
Chris is a psychologist and teacher. He holds an MSc in Psychology (Conversion) from Leeds Beckett University and is a Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society.
Chris is the author of multiple books including Do More, Worry Less. He ie the founder the of mental health charity Anxiety Leeds and is co-owner of the Leeds Anxiety Clinic.
What you will achieve
Completing the course will earn you a Level 2 Award in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy awarded by Holbeck College and accredited by the International Association of Therapists. You will receive a digital certificate.
Employers and other educational institutions will be able to validate your qualification using our online validation tool.
Here is an example certificate from our Level 1 Counselling Concepts course.
This course is available via our on-demand platform. You can learn at your own pace but you will have access to your tutor if you have any questions or need additional support. Have some questions before joining the course? Reach out via the contact us page.
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