What is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy?
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a mindfulness-based behavioural model of psychotherapy that has two major goals:
- To encourage and support people in accepting unwanted thoughts and feelings that they have no control over.
- To identify what’s important in life and take action towards these values.
Sounds simple. Through working with ACT Ian has learnt what a powerful model it is to treat issues like anxiety, depression, intrusive thoughts, stress, anger, relationship issues and OCD.
“I found the ACT course inspiring, enlightening and extremely useful both personally and professionally. I went on the course two weeks ago and I have already successfully used the principles within my counselling practice and in my personal life. Thank you so much.”
Alison Yates, Counsellor
Warm and friendly
“Ian Tomlinson is to be highly commended in his deliverance of ACT basic training. I found the course informative and it was delivered in a warm friendly manner by Ian. I have had positive feedback from Clients when integrating the skills learned into my practice.”
Catherine Glenister, Counsellor
Easy to understand
“Ian’s 2 days ACT course was better than I could have hoped for. Ian has a way of delivering the material that makes it easy to understand and I found him to be knowledgeable friendly and approachable. I have already started to use ACT in my therapy practice with great results. Thanks Ian!”
Michelle Bradley, Counsellor
Thank you Ian for another very interesting and informative course. I have found ACT useful already and have introduced it within the existential work I do with some clients. I think the two go well together.
Lyn Tonks, Counsellor
Stimulating and enjoyable
‘Ian’s ACT training was engaging and professionally delivered, with comprehensive notes I believe it is a vital part of our work as therapists to remain curious about and explore different ways of working. Whether that gives us a new way of looking at or working with our clients, or ourselves. This was a stimulating and enjoyable course.’
Elaine Wearing, Counsellor
An excellent workshop
I thoroughly enjoyed my two days training with Ian. His presentation style is relaxed and clear, and the ACT model very understandable. I found ACT theory was very easy to overlay onto my usual model of TA, and it gave me some great new ideas to integrate into my work. Overall, an excellent workshop.
Hayley Jepson, Psychotherapist
If you are looking to expand your skills and knowledge as a therapist and you would like to take some time out using mindfulness, I would highly recommend this course. It was well delivered with a variety of theory, practice and personal development. Within 3 days of attending the course I have already started to use some of the knowledge gained for my personal development, in my private practice and with a supervisee.
Brilliant Ian and thank you
Tracy Bond, counsellor
What will I learn on this course?
Over the two day training you will learn about the six main components of ACT
The course will also discuss how to connect with these components and bring them into your own life and work. Ian will also describe a simple model that brings all the components of ACT together in one, easy to understand diagram.
The course will be taught with a combination of discussion, group work and experiential learning. There will be plenty of opportunities to explore how the theory fits with your life and how you can apply it in context.
What qualifications will I need to attend the course?
None. If you have heard about ACT and want to learn more this course is a great place to start. You might want to learn about a different way of thinking about life because you have felt frustrated and stuck.
You might be a counsellor or therapist who has heard about the model and wants to know more and experience it yourself.
If you work with people or want a rich fulfilling life then this course is for you.
Ian will keep the technical jargon out and explain the theory in simple (but not simplistic) language.
Where will the course take place?
The course will run in The Affinity Centre Cheadle where all our training is held. You can find location details by clicking here.
How much will the course cost?
The course costs £200 for two days training.
When is the course running?
The Basics course will next run on:
May 14th and May 21st, 2018.
September 10th and September 17th, 2018.
March 18th and March 25th, 2019.
The hours will be 9.30am to 4pm. Please use the signup form below to reserve a place.
Who is delivering the course?
The course will be delivered by Ian Tomlinson PTSTA(P), the director of The Affinity Centre. Ian incorporates ACT into all his client work with individuals and couples. He is a UKCP registered Certified Transactional Analyst Psychotherapist and has two decades of teaching experience.
Ian combines TA and ACT effectively to provide a clear direction for his clients towards leading a rich fulfilling life.
Ian has trained in ACT extensively in London and has weekly ACT supervision to support his development in the model. He has seen the huge, rapid impact it can have on clients who feel “stuck” and has experienced the impact that ACT has for himself.
How do I get on the course?
To book please complete the form below and pay the £100 non-returnable deposit via the form (all payment methods accepted via PayPal). The final £100 will be due two weeks before the commencement of the course and is also non-returnable at this time.
At The Affinity Centre we like to keep the size of the courses small to allow for a more personal experience where people feel free to share their thoughts.
Please book early as courses tend to fill up quickly. If you can’t get on this course you will be offered a place on the next course running.