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ACT for practitioners: Fundamental to intermediate applications

Date: 23 May 2019 - 25 May 2019



Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is one of the most researched "third wave" behaviour therapies. For mental health issues and self-management of chronic illness, ACT's effectiveness has been demonstrated and documented worldwide for more than the past 35 years. In this skill-intensive workshop, you will be guided through the 6 core processes of

• Acceptance
• Cognitive defusion
• Being present
• Self as context
• Values
• Committed action

Therapeutic processes will be presented in the context of promoting resilience in people who are managing significant mental and physical health challenges. You will have the opportunity to personally experience and practise each of the core therapeutic processes.

This workshop will present compelling contents and experiential exercises with a focus on building practitioner skills and personal growth. Prof Pakenham will use case analyses and role-plays to demonstrate applications of ACT processes in clinical settings. You are also welcome to bring up your own challenging cases for discussion.

Prof Pakenham will relate clinical and research examples of ACT-based resilience training for people with severe health conditions. Come and gain knowledge and competencies in ACT and also top up your own resilience resources.

Trainer: Kenneth Pakenham, PhD

Dr Pakenham is a Professor of health and clinical psychology in the School of Psychology at the University of Queensland. His psychology research and clinical practice spans 35 years. Inspired by the resilience of people with serious mental and physical illnesses, he has committed his career to investigating the processes that foster personal growth in the context of health adversities and to translating his findings into interventions that help people (including carers) live fully with illness. Through 150 publications, more than 6,000 citations of his work, over 70 conference presentations, three research awards, and more than three million dollars of competitive grant funding, he has become a world leader in the application of positive health frameworks to several chronic illnesses and to caregiving in these contexts. The “living fully with illness” theme integrates his early research in stress/coping theory, his mid-career shift to incorporate positive psychology, and his current focus on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). He developed the first ACT course in a university in Australia. Through 11 teaching focused publications, conference presentations, and five teaching awards, he has become a leader in integrating therapist and self-care training using ACT. Recently he has focused on developing innovative ACT interventions that build resilience in people with chronic illness and disability as well as their carers.

Duration: 9am-5pm

Venue: Lifelong Learning Institute, 11 Eunos Rd 8, Singapore 408601

Contact: Email Organizer

S$960 (after VCF funding S$672)

Language: English

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