Sharpen Your Skills: Intermediate ACT Workshop

Monday 5th August and Tuesday 6th August 

You’ve learned about ACT assumptions and processes, and used ACT with clients.  Now it’s time for you to use ACT with more precision, flexibility and compassion. 

This two day workshop is for clinicians who have completed our ACT Introductory Workshop, or a 2 day equivalent by another ACT trainer.

Sharpen Your Skills is limited to 36 participants.  The workshop will first be offered exclusively to people on this mailing list, then opened to others in March. 

Register now at Eventbrite.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: Introductory Workshop for Clinicians

Monday 13 & Tuesday 14 May 2019, Wellington
Monday 25 & Tuesday 26 November 2019, Wellington

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is growing in popularity and there is increasing research support for a large range of diagnoses and life problems. It combines mindfulness and behavioural principles to help clients make space for painful thoughts and feelings, bring their focus to the present moment and take steps towards the life they value.

This fun and engaging two day experiential workshop will:
• Teach strategies to help your clients hold their painful thoughts and emotions gently and with compassion.
• Demonstrate ways for you and your clients to identify values and actively move towards these.
• Draw on mindfulness strategies to increase awareness of the present moment.
• Review the theory and research base for ACT.
• Focus on the therapeutic relationship so support can be provided in a compassionate and flexible manner.
• Practice formulating life struggles from an ACT perspective.
• Provide many opportunities to practice ACT exercises and relate the concepts back to participants’ own lives and clinical experiences.

This workshop is designed for a broad range of professionals including psychologists, psychiatrists, therapists, counsellors, coaches, social workers, school guidance counsellors and mental health nurses.  It will also be useful for GPs, dieticians, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and nurses.  No prior ACT training is necessary.For further information contact

Or register here for May. And here for November.

Giselle Bahr and Ben Sedley are clinical psychologists and co-founders of the Wellington ACT Centre. They have been using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in their practice for over 10 years, and have been trained and supervised by many of the world’s leading ACT therapists and researchers. Giselle and Ben have both worked at Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, in Private Practice with adults and adolescents, and trained new clinical psychology students at Victoria University of Wellington. Giselle facilitates groups introducing ACT to Parents. Ben is the author of the book Stuff that Sucks: Accepting what you can’t change and Committing to what you can.