Acceptance and Commitment Therapy ACT

Learn ACT: Use cognitive behavioural therapy and mindfulness to increase psychological flexibility
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy ACT
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Chris Worfolk


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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy ACT

What you’ll learn

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
ACT is a form of cognitive behavioural therapy that uses mindfulness
How to deliver ACT step-by-step
Use ACT to improve people’s mental health

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy ACT


There are no perquisites as all ACT concepts will be explained from their foundations
Some knowledge of person-centred and CBT will aid understanding
ACT can be more technical than other psychotherapies, so students are encouraged to make notes and participate in exercises


Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a type of cognitive behavioural therapy that uses mindfulness-based techniques to help people change their lives.Where other psychotherapies focus on reducing symptoms, ACT focuses on helping individuals make changes and live with purpose. ACT helps people build psychological flexibility so that they can respond to their difficult experiences in new ways.Acceptance and Commitment Therapy has a strong evidence base and is recommended by the World Health Organisation, NHS and American Psychological Association.This course will teach you the fundamentals of what ACT is and how to use it. It is suitable for psychotherapists and mental health professionals, as well as individuals looking to apply ACT to their own wellbeing. We’ll cover the theory, practice and techniques of ACT including:What ACT is and the underlying theoretical modelWhy existing interventions such as traditional CBT often failThe six processes of psychological flexibilityDelivering ACT step-by-stepBuilding a strong therapeutic relationshipThe course includes video lectures, downloads, quizzes, practical exercises and a comprehensive course handbook. You will gain hands-on experience trying ACT techniques and finish the course with a variety of skills for building psychological flexibility.No prior knowledge of acceptance and commitment therapy is required to enrol on this course. You do not need a background in cognitive behavioural therapy or mindfulness, although having one may aid understanding. All concepts will be explained from the ground up.


Section 1: Introduction

Lecture 1 Welcome

Lecture 2 Course goals and outline

Lecture 3 How to use this course

Lecture 4 Course handbook

Lecture 5 Meet your instructor

Lecture 6 Student community

Section 2: What is ACT?

Lecture 7 What makes ACT different?

Lecture 8 What is the alternative?

Lecture 9 What does the process look like?

Lecture 10 Transdiagnostic

Lecture 11 Comparison with CBT

Lecture 12 Comparison with person-centred

Lecture 13 History and development

Lecture 14 Evidence base

Section 3: Foundations of ACT

Lecture 15 Theoretical model

Lecture 16 Relational Frame Theory

Lecture 17 The power of language

Lecture 18 Psychological flexibility

Lecture 19 The hexaflex

Lecture 20 ABC model

Section 4: The control agenda

Lecture 21 Weakening the control agenda

Lecture 22 Pink elephants

Lecture 23 Pink elephants exercise

Lecture 24 Why do we use unhelpful strategies?

Lecture 25 Short-term benefits

Lecture 26 Creative hopelessness

Lecture 27 DOTS model

Lecture 28 DOTS exercise

Lecture 29 Tug of war with a monster

Lecture 30 Quicksand metaphor

Lecture 31 WAFs R Us

Lecture 32 Emotional control strategies

Section 5: Defusion

Lecture 33 The six processes of ACT

Lecture 34 Cognitive fusion

Lecture 35 Types of fusion

Lecture 36 True vs useful

Lecture 37 Mutual entanglement

Lecture 38 What is defusion?

Lecture 39 Defusion techniques

Lecture 40 Vocalisations

Lecture 41 Leaves on a stream

Lecture 42 Phishing

Lecture 43 Why labels can be unhelpful

Section 6: Present moment awareness

Lecture 44 Connecting with the present

Lecture 45 What is mindfulness?

Lecture 46 I don’t like meditation!

Lecture 47 Misconceptions about mindfulness

Lecture 48 Evidence for mindfulness

Lecture 49 Present moment exercises

Lecture 50 Here and now exercise

Lecture 51 Body scan exercise

Lecture 52 Barriers to present moment awareness

Section 7: Acceptance

Lecture 53 Experiential avoidance

Lecture 54 Is acceptance giving up?

Lecture 55 Willingness

Lecture 56 Does acceptance reduce symptoms?

Lecture 57 Clean pain and dirty pain

Lecture 58 Chinese finger trap

Lecture 59 Three As of acceptance

Section 8: Self-as-context

Lecture 60 We are not our thoughts

Lecture 61 Content, context and process

Lecture 62 Chessboard metaphor

Lecture 63 The conceptualised self

Lecture 64 Who am I then?

Section 9: Values

Lecture 65 Exploring purpose

Lecture 66 Values and goals

Lecture 67 What values are not

Lecture 68 Valued domains

Lecture 69 Imaginary funeral

Lecture 70 Funeral exercise

Lecture 71 Utopia life plan

Lecture 72 Utopia life plan exercise

Lecture 73 Barriers to values

Section 10: Committed action

Lecture 74 Taking committed action

Lecture 75 Defining committed action

Lecture 76 Workability

Lecture 77 Bus of life

Lecture 78 Exposure

Lecture 79 In vivo exposure

Lecture 80 Inhibitory learning model

Lecture 81 Exposure vs committed action

Lecture 82 Barriers to committed action

Section 11: Doing ACT

Lecture 83 Nonlinear model

Lecture 84 Structuring therapy

Lecture 85 Assessment

Lecture 86 Functional analysis

Lecture 87 Case formulation

Lecture 88 Structuring sessions

Lecture 89 Use of metaphors

Section 12: Therapeutic alliance

Lecture 90 Building the therapeutic alliance

Lecture 91 Core conditions

Lecture 92 Power balance

Lecture 93 Use of humour

Section 13: Case studies

Lecture 94 Introduction to case studies

Lecture 95 Agoraphobia case study

Lecture 96 Depression case study

Lecture 97 Chronic pain case study

Section 14: Conclusion

Lecture 98 Summary

Lecture 99 Conclusion

Lecture 100 References

Lecture 101 Bonus lecture

Psychotherapists and mental health professionals looking to introduce ACT,Individuals looking to improve their own mental health,Psychology students who want to learn about the acceptance and commitment model

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Udemy | English | 3h 5m | 842.92 MB
Created by: Chris Worfolk

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