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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy – An Introduction for Clinicians – WELLINGTON

25 November @ 9:00 am - 26 November @ 4:00 pm


Wellington ACT Centre presents


An Introduction for Clinicians

With Ben Sedley and Giselle Bahr

Monday 13 May and Tuesday 14 May, 2019 Copthorne Hotel, Wellington  

Monday 25 November and Tuesday 26 November, 2019 Front + Centre, Wellington

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is growing in popularity and there is increasing research support for a large range of diagnoses and life problems. It combines mindfulness and behavioural principles to help clients make space for painful thoughts and feelings, bring their focus to the present moment and take steps towards the life they value.

This fun and engaging two day experiential workshop will:
• Teach strategies to help your clients hold their painful thoughts and emotions gently and with compassion.
• Demonstrate ways for you and your clients to identify values and actively move towards these.
• Draw on mindfulness strategies to increase awareness of the present moment.
• Review the theory and research base for ACT.
• Focus on the therapeutic relationship so support can be provided in a compassionate and flexible manner.
• Practice formulating life struggles from an ACT perspective.
• Provide many opportunities to practice ACT exercises and relate the concepts back to participants’ own lives and clinical experiences.

This workshop is designed for a broad range of professionals including psychologists, psychiatrists, GPs, therapists, counsellors, social workers, mental health nurses and physiotherapists. No prior ACT training is necessary.

Giselle Bahr and Ben Sedley are clinical psychologists and co-founders of the Wellington ACT Centre. They have been using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in their practice for over eight years, and have been trained and supervised by many of the world’s leading ACT therapists and researchers. Giselle and Ben have both worked at Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, in Private Practice with adults and adolescents, and trained new clinical psychology students at Victoria University of Wellington. Giselle has developed and facilitated a group introducing ACT to Parents. Ben is the author of the book Stuff that Sucks: Accepting what you can’t change and Committing to what you can.

$450 (early bird rate)
Monday: 9:00am – 4pm
Tuesday: 9:00am – 3:30pm

These workshops have limited numbers and will sell out.

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25 November @ 9:00 am
26 November @ 4:00 pm


Wellington ACT Centre


69 Tory S
Wellington, New Zealand
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