Acceptance and Commitment Therapy I
Level 1 (CQFW Level 4), 10 Credits.
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LEARNING AND TEACHING (change to text below, please)
This course will focus to a large extent on practical working, rehearsing and enhancing ACT skills. We will aim at bringing all the learning of ACT I (or any other introductory ACT course) together into its practical application of working with ACT. In addition, we will also look at newer ACT Models (the Tri-flex, the Matrix and the Choice Point Model).
We will also look at ‘tricky’ ACT questions (like “what if the client doesn’t know what their values are”, “do I have to do ALL 6 core processes with every client”, “how do I move the client on from Acceptance to Committed Action”, “what if they or I don’t ‘get’ the Self As Context bit”;etc….) We will try to find answers while working & responding in an ACT consistent manner.
ACT Skills will combine didactic teaching (PowerPoints / worksheets / discussions) with students practicing in small groups: Through practical training students will be able to see and understand the connections between the 6 core processes of ACT (as learned in ACT I) in a more holistic way.
With the help of case scenarios and role play students will directly practise acceptance and mindfulness interventions and values-based behavioural activation interventions. To further learning, immediate feedback will be provided by observing students and by the tutor.
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.
- Getting Unstuck in ACT (Russ Harris)
- ACT made simple (Russ Harris)
- Learning ACT (Jason B. Luoma, et al 2007)
www.actmindfully.com.au/free_resources (Russ Harris Website)
Students will receive material throughout the course, the above mentioned resources list is only a recommendation, it is not compulsory to purchase any of these books!
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 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 www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn or in Choices. This includes the times and dates of courses and an explanation of accreditation and credit levels.