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ACCEPTANCE AND COMMITMENT THERAPY (ACT): MOVING BEYOND TRADITIONAL CBT - Applied evidence-based cognitive behavioural therapy with a creative difference!

Event Details
Date: 2 Sep 2020
Venue: Melbourne, Vic
CPD hrs: 7

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Organiser: The Professional Development People

Are you mandated to use evidence-based interventions in your approaches to clinical problems but find traditional CBT limiting? Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) moves beyond traditional problem-solution models. Instead of seeking to resolve symptoms, it focusses on the creation of a more adaptive relationship between the client and their symptoms. Paradoxically, this approach often results in symptom abatement.
Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is an action-oriented approach to psychotherapy that stems from traditional behaviour therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy. Clients learn to stop avoiding, denying, and struggling with their inner emotions and, instead, accept that these deeper feelings are appropriate responses to certain situations that should not prevent them from moving forward in their lives. With this understanding, clients begin to accept their issues and hardships and commit to making necessary changes in their behaviour, regardless of what is going on in their lives, and how they feel about it. The objective of ACT is not elimination of difficult feelings; rather, it is to be present with what life brings us and to "move toward valued behaviour". ACT invites people to open up to unpleasant feelings, and learn not to overreact to them, and not avoid situations where they are invoked.
This course will provide clinicians with an overview of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Participants will experience the difference ACT can make and will gain experience applying ACT to a variety of different clinical issues.

Learning objectives

  • Comprehend the theory, research and effectiveness of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Understand and apply the six core principles of ACT to a wide variety of clinical problems
  • Develop your understanding of mindfulness and how to use it to resolve clients’ problems

Presenter details

Jackie Burke is a registered psychologist with 20 years of experience in counselling and supervision services. She has worked in remote Australia, regional and metropolitan NSW and has directed national programs for people affected by sexual, domestic and family violence. She is an awarded researcher, and her training programs about trauma, sexual and domestic violence, clinical supervision, trauma informed practice, and vicarious trauma are popular nationally and internationally.
After holding senior management roles for the past 15 years, Jackie established her own private practice and consultancy business in early 2017. She is a published author with an adjunct position at Western Sydney University. When not working, Jackie tries to maintain a regular yoga practice and enjoys a good murder mystery.

Location and date

Mantra on Russell
222 Russell Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

2 September 2020

9:15am - 4:30pm


Standard fee $298

This event is fully catered and all resources are provided.

Students and new graduates may apply to attend at a discount apply here.


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