Experiential Introduction to Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Presented by Martin Wilks

About the event

This is a two-day online, participative event via the Zoom meeting platform.  The event will not be recorded.

ACT is part of the CBT family of therapies and a major contributor to the emerging process-based therapy approach

The workshop will offer a balanced mix of didactic, mindful inquiry and experiential learning. At the end of the workshop participants will be ready to begin to weave in aspects of the ACT model into the work they already do with their clients.

Attendees will be asked to bring along with them an issue of self-defeating behaviour that they have chosen to work on at the workshop to put the ACT model to the test. 

Learning Outcomes
  • Have an understanding of the background of ACT and it's basis in functional contextualism
  • Be able to identify and describe the 6 core ACT processes
  • Have had the experience of applying each of these core processes to an issue they bring to work on throughout the workshop
  • To have experienced the facilitation of their peer learners in the same multiple processes
  • To take away a systematic, personally designed set of committed actions and, in the service of self-identified values, move beyond the issue they brought to work upon in the weeks following the workshop

A certificate of attendance will be issued for 10 x hours CPD - 50/50 skills and theory

About the presenter(s)

Martin Wilks became an ACBS recognised internationally peer-reviewed ACT trainer in 2014, having developed and taught the experiential ACT introduction course for London based “Mindfulness training UK” since 2007. His membership of the BABCP ACT SIG dates back to 2008 - he has been Chair of the SIG for the last 4-5 years.

Martin has been a mindfulness teacher since the late 80’s; it was his interest in mindfulness that, for him, bridged the gap between his humanistic person-centred training and behavioural change science as ACT began to emerge in the UK in the early 2000’s. As an independent practitioner, 1994, he set up counselling services in HMP Brixton that incorporated ‘the mind/body workout group’ for all the many people on the waiting list. The prison counselling services progressively embraced the ACT model until he left in 2011.

He is now living in Suffolk where he is director of Flexible Psychological Solutions, FPS and co-director of “Being well in Suffolk” - BWIS, a community interest company. Here he has taught 8 week mindfulness courses since 2005 and throughout each year facilitates a variety of monthly drop-in practice groups, day and residential mindfulness retreats. He continues to teach regular two day ACT experientials in London, and elsewhere with a couple of recent trips to teach ACT in south-east Asia.


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Registration closes - Friday 19 March 2021

25 Mar 2021 - 26 Mar 2021
Devon & Cornwall
120.00 GBP (ex. VAT) - BABCP Member
140.00 GBP (ex. VAT) - Non-Member

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