Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Level 1 (CQFW Level 4), 10 Credits.
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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a values based behavioural therapy with a strong mindfulness component. This module will teach invaluable and straight forward skills that can be learned and used for personal benefit and for working in the helping professions. ACT is evidence based and has an ever growing range of applications e.g.stress, anxiety and depression, self esteem, confidence, and addictions. Applying the principles of ACT means to stop chasing ‘the illusion of happiness’ and commit to living a rich and meaningful life. ACT is a down-to-earth approach of being true to one’s values, applying them as a basis for goal setting and achieving greater vitality.
Who is this course for?
The course is open to all
Learning and Teaching
- The ACT model (The hexaflex)
- The six core principles of ACT
- Committed action
- Thought defusion
- Investigating ‘positive’ and ‘negative’ feelings
- The Mind as a ‘story teller’
- Vitality versus Suffering, e.g. switching off the ‘struggle switch’
Coursework and Assessment
To award credits we need to have evidence of the knowledge and skills you have gained or improved.
The assessment for this course is through written and practical self-awareness exercises
Our assessments are flexible to suit the course and the student.
The most important element of assessment is that it should enhance your learning. Our methods are designed to increase your confidence and we try very hard to devise ways of assessing you that are enjoyable and suitable for adults with busy lives.
- Harris, Russel: The Happiness Trap, stop struggling, start living, (2007) Australia, Exile Publishing Ltd
- Harris, Russel: ACT made simple, (2009) USA, New Harbinger Publ.
- Website: actmindfully.com.au
- Luoma, Jason; Hayes, Steven; Walser, Robyn: Learning ACT, ( 2007) USA, New Harbinger Publ.
Library and Computing Facilities
As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University library and computing facilities. You can find out more about these facilities on our website http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn under Student Information, or by ringing the Centre on
(029) 2087 0000.
Accessibility of Courses
Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and Dyslexia screening. Please contact the Centre on (029) 2087 0000 for an information leaflet.
A range of further information can be found on our web site http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn or in Choices. This includes the times and dates of courses and an explanation of accreditation and credit levels.