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Foundations in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy | 17.5 hours | 5 sessions

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Applied training in the foundations of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy | 17.5 hours | 5 sessions | online

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This 17.5-hour introductory ACT training will guide you through the three pillars of psychological flexibility underlying the ACT approach to well-being. We will further explore how you can integrate these processes into your existing way(s) of working with your clients, helping you to identify when clients are engaging in actions that are bringing them further away from who and where they want to be; when they're closed off, disconnected, and disengaged. We will also provide the space and opportunity for you to experientially contact the evidence-based ACT skills necessary to increase clients’ psychological flexibility, enabling them to live a rich and meaningful life of vitality.

Schedule

This live online training takes place via Zoom across five sessions.

05-November 2021, 4 pm to 8 pm (Irish/UK time)

12-November 2021 4 pm to 8 pm (Irish/UK time)

26-November 2021 4 pm to 8 pm (Irish/UK time)

03-December 2021 4 pm to 8 pm (Irish/UK time)

10-December 2021 6:30 pm to 8 pm (Irish/UK time)

See time zone converter here. Although this 17.5-hour training is delivered live, registrants will have access to recordings of each session.

Cost & registration

€275 for complete access to the online training via Zoom. Reduced rate of €175 offered for those attending our 18-month Advanced ACT MBI 2021/22 training (email info@actnow.co for further details). Reduced rate of €155 offered for students and unwaged/ low waged attendees. 10% discount for members of our mailing list (email info@actnow.co to join).

Who is this training for?

A variety of professions including and not limited to psychologists, psychotherapists, behaviour analysts, coaches, GPs, psychiatrists, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, & executive coaches.

Learning objectives

Session one with Aisling Leonard-Curtin; 05-November 2021, 4 pm to 8 pm (Irish/UK time)

  • Understand the functional contextual perspective that underlies ACT (i.e., ACT's philosophy recognizes that the purpose of any behavior varies for individual clients across contexts)
  • Provide an overview of the ACT model and its core components
  • Utilise the adapted Life Path with yourself and clients. The adapted Life Path allows you and your clients to identify moves that bring you closer toward and further away from who and where you want to be, recognizing the costs and benefits of both, to find a sustainable path forward for positive change.

Session two with Dr. Trish Leonard-Curtin; 12-November 2021 4 pm to 8 pm (Irish/UK time)

  • Explore how acceptance and present moment contact can help clients to engage more fully and authentically in a richer, more meaningful life.
  • Learn a set of skills you can use straight away with clients to cultivate acceptance of unwanted internal experiences
  • Practice mindfulness-based skills that enable clients to make more informed and empowered choices towards what matters most to them.

Session three with Prof. Louise McHugh; 26-November 2021 4 pm to 8 pm (Irish/UK time)

  • Understand the ACT and RFT conceptualisation of a healthy self
  • Detail, step-by-step, how to foster a healthy sense of self with the people you work with
  • Develop skills in the assessment of self-related problems

Session four with Dr. Sarah Cassidy; 03-December 2021 4 pm to 8 pm (Irish/UK time)

  • Utilise values work personally and professionally to create meaningful & sustainable change
  • Describe recent adaptations and applications of ACT and relational frame theory (RFT), including the Magpies Programme.

Session five; 10-December 2021 6:30 pm to 8 pm (Irish/UK time)

  • 90-minute Q&A session with Aisling Leonard-Curtin and Dr. Trish Leonard-Curtin.

Upon completion of this training, you will…

  • Increase your fluency with ACT.
  • Integrate ACT into your existing way(s) of working with your clients.
  • Acquire a solid foundational understanding of each of the core ACT processes and how they may be applied to promote psychological flexibility.
  • Be able to apply ACT in your own life to (i) create a sense of vitality, meaning, and fulfilment, (ii ) respond effectively to your own unwanted internal experiences, particularly those that arise when working with client presentations you may be struggling with, and (iii) help protect against burnout.
  • Be awarded a certificate of completion with continuing professional development hours.

Meet the trainers

Aisling Leonard-Curtin

Background

Aisling Leonard-Curtin is a Chartered Counselling Psychologist and is a peer-reviewed ACT trainer and functional analytic psychotherapy (FAP) trainer. She has experience working across a variety of settings including organisational, psychiatry, addictions, psycho-oncology, community, public, and educational settings. Aisling teaches on multiple University courses and regularly gives ACT workshops internationally; most notably she has given workshops at Harvard Medical School and teaches at Trinity College Dublin at Doctorate level. She is a lecturer on the Masters in Pluralistic Psychotherapy at IICP. Aisling is a published author, most recently co‐authoring The Power of Small, a number one bestseller in Ireland. Aisling’s first book, an edited volume co-edited by Matthew Skinta, Mindfulness and Acceptance for Gender and Sexual Minorities was published by New Harbinger. Aisling is keen to bring this transformative approach out to as many people as possible.

Specialties

ACT; FAP; CFT-informed therapeutic interventions; adults; counselling psychology; clinical practice; trauma; LGBTQ+; groups


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Dr Trish Leonard‐Curtin

Background

Dr Trish Leonard‐Curtin is a Counselling Psychologist who specialises in working with trauma and extreme emotional distress through a wide variety of approaches, including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT). She has a keen interest in helping people connect compassionately with challenging emotions when they arise and empowering them to work effectively with difficult emotional experiences. Trish is co‐director of ACT Now Purposeful Living. Trish co‐authored The Power of Small, a number one bestseller in Ireland. Trish has extensive experience working with trauma and psychological distress in adolescents and adults across a broad range of settings, including community, hospital, educational, primary care, private practice, and charities. Having trained in many mindfulness‐based approaches, Trish values the role of mindfulness in daily life and her therapeutic work. She continues to train in mindfulness interventions and co‐facilitates mindfulness‐based workshops.

Specialties

ACT; Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT); adolescents; adults; counselling psychology; clinical practice; trauma; emotion regulation; psychological distress; mindfulness-based intervention


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Professor Louise McHugh

Background

Professor Louise McHugh's research interests are centred on the experimental analysis of language and cognition from a behaviour analytic and Relational Frame Theory perspective, including especially the development of complex cognitive skills such as perspective-taking and the process-level investigation of process-based therapies including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. She has published over 90 papers on these topics and has received funding from several sources including the British Academy, the Leverhulme Trust, the Waterloo Trust, and the Welsh Assembly. Louise is a peer-reviewed ACT trainer, Fellow of the Association for Contextual Behavioural Science, academic director for an MSc. in Mindfulness-Based Interventions, and most recently, co-author of A Contextual Behavioural Guide to the Self: Theory and Practice.

Specialties

RFT; perspective-taking; the self; theoretical underpinnings of ACT


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Dr Sarah Cassidy

Background

Dr Sarah Cassidy is an Educational, Child and Adolescent Psychologist. Her work is centred on the assessment and treatment of learning and emotional/behavioural difficulties with clinical populations. She is the Founder and Director at The Smithsfield Clinic, a private practice for children, adolescents, and their families using largely ACT and RFT-based treatment methods. She has also worked as an educational psychologist within the Irish school system for the last 20 years. Sarah is co-founder of www.RaiseYourIQ.com, a part-time lecturer in Maynooth University, and an active panel member of the National Educational Psychological Service. She is also a professional member of the American Psychological Association and a chartered member of the Psychological Society of Ireland. She is a peer-reviewed ACT trainer and chairperson of the ACBS membership committee as well as being involved in various international research projects focused on using ACT and RFT interventions with young people in their schools and with their families.

Specialties

RFT; ACT for young people; ACT for families and parents; educational psychology; working with other multi-disciplinary professionals; treatment of OCD & anxiety disorders; skills teaching in applied areas


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Refund & Cancellation Policy

We will offer a full refund to registrants who cancel their registration up to 28 days before the training start date (minus administrative fees). If canceled up to 14 days before the training start date, registrants may request a 50% refund. If canceled within 14 days, no refund will be issued. Please email us at info@actnow.co to cancel a registration.

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Aisling Leonard‐Curtin is a Chartered Counselling Psychologist and is a peer-reviewed ACT trainer and functional analytic psychotherapy (FAP) trainer. She has experience working across a variety of settings including organisational, psychiatry, addictions, psycho-oncology, community, public, and educational settings. Aisling teaches on multiple university courses and regularly delivers ACT workshops internationally; most notably she has given workshops at Harvard Medical School and teaches at Trinity College Dublin at Doctorate level. She is a lecturer on the Masters in Coaching in UCC and the Masters in Pluralistic Psychotherapy at IICP. Aisling is a published author, most recently co‐authoring The Power of Small, a number one bestseller in Ireland. Aisling’s first book, an edited volume co-edited by Matthew Skinta, Mindfulness and Acceptance for Gender and Sexual Minorities was published by New Harbinger. Aisling is keen to bring this transformative approach out to as many people as possible.


Dr Trish Leonard‐Curtin is a Counselling Psychologist who specialises in working with trauma and extreme emotional distress through a variety of approaches, including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Compassion Focused Therapy. She has had a keen interest in helping people connect compassionately with challenging emotions when they arise and empowering them to work effectively with difficult emotional experiences. Trish is co‐director of ACT Now Purposeful Living and a part‐time lecturer on the UCC Coaching Masters. Trish co‐authored The Power of Small, a number one bestseller in Ireland. Trish has extensive experience working with trauma and psychological distress in adolescents and adults across a range of settings, including community, hospital, educational, primary care, private practice, and charities. Having trained in many mindfulness-based approaches, Trish values the role of mindfulness in daily life and her therapeutic work. She continues to train in mindfulness interventions and co‐facilitates mindfulness‐based workshops.

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