An Introduction to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

A Two-Day Course

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 Tomlinson has learnt what a powerful model it is to treat issues like anxiety, depression, intrusive thoughts, stress, anger, relationship issues and OCD.

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  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.

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 sign up for this course?

Scroll to the bottom of this page for the sign up form.

Inspiring

"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

2017-10-20T14:27:58+00:00

Alison Yates, Counsellor

"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."

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."
2017-10-20T14:28:44+00:00
"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."

Easy to understand

"Ian’s two-day 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!"
2017-10-20T14:29:33+00:00
"Ian’s two-day 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!"

Useful

"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."
2017-10-20T14:30:22+00:00
"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."

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."
2017-10-20T14:31:04+00:00
"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."

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

2017-10-20T14:31:36+00:00

Hayley Jepson, Psychotherapist

"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."

Brilliant

"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."
2017-10-20T14:32:22+00:00
"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."

Great Trainer

"Ian is a great trainer. A good mix of humour, exercises and theory. A very engaging course, relaxed and enjoyable."

Jackie Bryan-Harris

2018-10-01T11:21:44+00:00

Jackie Bryan-Harris

"Ian is a great trainer. A good mix of humour, exercises and theory. A very engaging course, relaxed and enjoyable."

Looking forward to returning

"Really enjoyed learning with Ian, great facilitator. Looking forward to returning at some point in the future."

Lorna Wilson

2018-10-01T11:24:53+00:00

Lorna Wilson

"Really enjoyed learning with Ian, great facilitator. Looking forward to returning at some point in the future."

Very effective

"I found the Introduction to ACT course very effective. Ian was clear and engaging."

Danila D'Errico

2018-10-01T11:37:12+00:00

Danila D'Errico

"I found the Introduction to ACT course very effective. Ian was clear and engaging."

Great balance of theory and practice

"I found the course was really helpful at developing my knowledge of ACT. Ian has a great, engaging delivery style that helps make the information accessible. Great balance of theory and practice, plus good use of learning aids."

Donna Harrison

2018-10-01T11:45:47+00:00

Donna Harrison

"I found the course was really helpful at developing my knowledge of ACT. Ian has a great, engaging delivery style that helps make the information accessible. Great balance of theory and practice, plus good use of learning aids."

Hard to improve on

"I think what was done in the two days would be hard to improve on."

Hannah Harris

2018-10-01T11:49:39+00:00

Hannah Harris

"I think what was done in the two days would be hard to improve on."

Really well paced and explained

"Thank you Ian - I've found the two days really enjoyable. A great blend of theory and practice, really well paced and explained. Felt comfortable and able to integrate ACT for both me and clients."

Marianna Urdhin

2018-10-01T11:54:01+00:00

Marianna Urdhin

"Thank you Ian - I've found the two days really enjoyable. A great blend of theory and practice, really well paced and explained. Felt comfortable and able to integrate ACT for both me and clients."

Calm, pleasant and approachable

"Ian was an excellent facilitator. Clearly very knowledgable, but not intimidating with it. Calm pleasant and approachable.He made the course content accessible and easy to understand, even though I had never done anything with ACT before. Would definitely recommend."

Katie Halstead

2018-10-01T11:58:32+00:00

Katie Halstead

"Ian was an excellent facilitator. Clearly very knowledgable, but not intimidating with it. Calm pleasant and approachable.He made the course content accessible and easy to understand, even though I had never done anything with ACT before. Would definitely recommend."

Well taught and very well structured

"Really informative, well taught and very well structured."

Jayne Humphreys

2018-10-01T12:00:30+00:00

Jayne Humphreys

"Really informative, well taught and very well structured."

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An Introduction to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) course

  • Price: £ 100.00
    By clicking the box above you agree that the deposit for this course is non-refundable and that you will pay the balance two weeks before the course dates. Once the balance is paid it is also non-refundable.
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Where and When?

Dates of forthcoming training can be found in the adjacent column. Training hours are 9.30am to 4.00pm.

The course takes place at The Affinity Centre, Cheadle branch. See full details of our location.

Please note that we like to keep the size of the courses small at The Affinity Centre, 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.

How Much?

The ACT course costs £200 for two days training.

Please complete the form on this page and pay the £100 non-returnable deposit (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.

Any Questions?

If you have any questions at all about this course, please get in touch via our contact form.

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