Acceptance and Commitment Therapy - An Introduction Short Course

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy - An Introduction Short Course

  • Develop your skills & knowledge
  • Delivered by academic experts & qualified professionals
  • Receive a certificate of attendance

Entry and Admissions

Award Type:

Short Course

Ancillary Award:



Short Course / CPD

Study Mode:

Part time

Delivery Method:


Course Length:

½ day


School of Community Health and Midwifery

Partner Colleges:

No Partner College



Start Date:

Tuesday 29th November 2016 ,10.00am-1.00pm

Entry Requirements:

This course is aimed at mental health professionals, counsellors, psychotherapists and professionals who work with service users experiencing chronic pain, at risk adolescents and those who wish to engage in a healthy lifestyle.

Course Content

Course Outline:

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is a trans-diagnostic cognitive behavioural therapy that predominantly teaches clients acceptance and mindfulness skills, as well as values clarification and enactment skills. The goal of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), pronounced as the word ‘act’ not as the initials) is to maximise human potential for a rich, full and meaningful life. ACT is now considered an empirical supported treatment for chronic pain, depression, smoking cessation, substance abuse, obsessive compulsive disorder, psychosis, and anxiety. The acronym ‘ACT’ has been used to describe what takes place in a therapeutic environment, accept the effects of life’s challenges, choose directional values, and take action. The core of ACT is a change in both internal (self-talk) and external (action) verbal behaviour. People can have feelings about feelings (they might be ashamed or embarrassed about being anxious).

Who should attend?

Mental health professionals, Counsellors, Psychotherapists and professionals who work with service users experiencing chronic pain, at risk adolescents and those who wish to engage in a healthy lifestyle.

Learning Environment & Assessment:

Attendance without examination

Academic Expertise

Marie Percival is a senior lecturer at UCLan, and also a qualified counsellor and cognitive behavioural therapist.

Learning outcome & aims

  • To gain an understanding of the philosophical and theoretical underpinnings of ACT.
  • To examine the concept of psychological flexibility and six core process of ACT
  • To engage in experiential ACT exercises
  • To discuss the utility of ACT across various physical and mental health populations

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Fees & Funding

You can contact the Student Fees and Funding Team via phone, email, or post. If you are on the campus you can call into The 'i', for advice.
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892440
Student Fees and Funding Team, Foster Building 117, UCLan, Preston, PR1 2HE


How to Apply

These workshops are available as part of the Service Level Agreement which UCLan has with a number of local NHS Trusts. If you wish to apply using this funding please gain the support of your line manager and complete the online application through

Alternatively, self-funding applicants please book online at

If you have any questions about the workshop please contact us:
email or call 01772 893808

About UCLan

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University of Central Lancashire,
United Kingdom

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