Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) in Health Psychology settings – an experiential introduction

Nuno Monteiro da Rocha Bravo Ferreira (Trainer)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course


Workshop Overview: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a novel contextual behavioural intervention model that uses processes of acceptance and mindfulness to enable behaviour change when this is in the service of valued living goals. In the past two decades an increasing amount of evidence has been gathered and reported on the usefulness of ACT based interventions in health psychology settings (e.g. chronic illness, smoking cessation, treatment adherence) (See Ruiz, 2010 for a full review). In the case of chronic pain, ACT has demonstrated such strong evidence that is now the most strongly recommended intervention for this condition by the Division12 of the American Psychology Association. The Objectives of this workshop will be to provide participants with an introduction to: the ACT conceptual model of psychopathology the ACT model of intervention how to adapt ACT to the health setting/population they are currently working with (or wish to work with) Target Population: Any health worker/researcher providing interventions in health settings Activities: This workshop will use a mix of didactic material and experiential content. Participants will be invited to experience some of the key ACT exercises and metaphors used in clinical practice from a personal perspective. Case-conceptualization exercises and small role-plays will also be used. Finally participants will also be encouraged to attempt to draft an ACT based intervention for their specific work context.
Period1 Sep 2015
Event typeWorkshop
LocationLimasol, Cyprus


  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Health Psychology
  • Long-term conditions
  • psychotherapy