Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)

An experiential introduction
Termin: Sa./So., den 21./22.03.2020, jeweils 09.30-17.00 Uhr, insgesamt 16 Einheiten
Ort: Wien
Kosten: EUR 398,00 (inkl. USt.), Anmeldeschluss: zwei Wochen vor Seminarbeginn
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Referent: Dr. Nuno Ferreira, PhD

Über den Referenten: Nuno Ferreira is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Nicosia, Cyprus. He teaches and supervises research projects across several post-graduate programmes in Clinical Psychology. Gaining his qualification as a Clinical Psychologist in Portugal, Prof. Ferreira has worked in several services in clinical capacities both in Portugal and in the UK. From 2007 onwards he became interested in the use and development of Third Wave Cognitive Behavioural approaches in clinical setting. His main research focus has been on the use of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for long-term or chronic health conditions, having completed a PhD researching the use of ACT for Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Following his PhD, Prof. Ferreira was a Lecturer with the University of Edinburgh for 6 years where he taught in the Postgraduate programs of Clinical Psychology. Prof Ferreira has published several book/book chapters and research articles on ACT and is regular presenter at international conferences in this subject area.
Prof Ferreira was involved in the training Doctoral students in ACT at the University of Edinburgh from 2009-2016. He has lead several skills-based workshops at international events, and also provides training in ACT for NHS Scotland services.


Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a treatment package that combines several traditions such as early behaviourism, positive psychology and mindfulness. ACT is a trans-diagnostic model that has been successfully used to treat conditions such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, chronic pain, eating disorders and substance misuse just to name a few. ACT’s target is to promote psychological flexibility, that is, the ability to behave in a way that is consistent with one’s values even in the presence of aversive experiences (e.g. thoughts, feelings, physical pain). This is true as much for our clients as for the ACT practitioner. If you work in a context in which behaviour change is paramount, than this course will provide you with some very useful tools.

ACT basics:
+ What is ACT?
+ What is ACT’s model of human suffering? (Inflexahex)
+ What is ACT’s model of growth? (Hexaflex)

ACT conceptualization
This part of the course will cover the philosophical and scientific underpinnings of ACT and how these inform a model of human suffering and growth. Case studies will be presented to illustrate ACT’s model of conceptualization.

Taking your first steps:
+ Engaging clients with a new approach – Creative hopelessness
+ Walking the hexaflex

Acceptance/willingness as an alternative
+ Values
+ Cognitive defusion
+ Observer-self
+ Present moment awareness
+ Committed action

In this part of the course, through a series of exercises and metaphors, participants will have an experiential sense of the model of growth promoted by ACT. Participants will also be able to try these techniques using role-play.

Adapting to your context:
+ Knowing where to start in the model

Knowing what to target
+ Delivering ACT in different modalities

This part of the course will focus on the more specific contextual details of each participant and will address key questions of how to start the work, knowing the limits and possibilities that ACT provides and how to deliver it in a way that meets the demands of the participant’s professional reality.

Taking the next steps:
This part of the course will cover advice on evidence base, further readings, where to seek more information, how to move forward as a practitioner and where to find supervision.