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Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)

CBT That Goes Deeper - Applying evidence-based cognitive behavioural therapy in empowering ways!

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Renata Porzig-Drummond, PhD, BSc Psychology (Hon), Grad Dip Psychology, BA, Cert Holistic Couns
One full day
Aug 31, 2022
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Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is an action-oriented approach to psychotherapy that emerged stems from traditional behaviour therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy.

ACT moves beyond the traditional focus on problems and solutions, teaching clients to stop avoiding, denying, and struggling with their emotions and, to accept that their feelings are normal and appropriate responses. The core of ACT is a change in both self-talk and action/verbal behaviour. Understanding these concepts supports clients to accept the issues they face and the challenges life brings with a commitment to making the necessary changes in their behaviour, regardless of their life circumstance and how they feel about them. Rather than focusing on resolving symptoms, ACT focusses on the creation of a more adaptive relationship between the client and their symptoms.

The experience of observing one’s own feelings and recognizing and accepting that feelings are a natural outcome of circumstances has been a liberating factor for clients engaging in ACT.

The ACT approach is not to pursue the elimination of difficult feelings; but to ‘be’ with them and with what life brings their way. ACT encourages people to open up to undesirable feelings, and to react to them mindfully whilst not avoiding situations where they are provoked.

This workshop will provide an overview of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy during which participants will experience the impact ACT techniques can make and will gain experience applying ACT to a variety of different clinical presentations.



This online program is worth 5.0 hours CPD.



Renata Porzig-Drummond, PhD, BSc Psychology (Hon), Grad Dip Psychology, BA, Cert Holistic Couns's Profile

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Renata Porzig-Drummond, PhD, is a highly experienced professional development facilitator, specialising in applied psychology for over 15 years. Renata is passionate about behaviour change and her interests include emotional intelligence, positive psychology, and workplace communication.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Renata Porzig-Drummond has employment relationships with the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, the University of Adelaide, and the Australian College of Applied Professions. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Renata Porzig-Drummond is a member of the Australian Psychological Society, the International Coaching Federation, and the Anxiety Practitioners Network.


Learning objectives of this training:

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

“This workshop is for anyone wishing to include ACT in their practice regardless of prior training. You’ll take away a set of skills that can really benefit your client work and, also have a positive effect on your own wellbeing and how you care for yourself.”   


How will you benefit from attending this training?

  • Understand the theory, research and evidence behind Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
  • Apply the six core principles of ACT in your clinical work.
  • Strengthen your ability to use mindfulness interventions with clients.


Morning Session (includes a short break)

  • Overview of ACT
  • Proponents and underlying theories
  • History and theoretical underpinnings
  • 'Third Wave' therapy and how ACT emerged from CBT
  • What is 'Mindfulness'
  • About 'Acceptance' and 'Commitment'
  • Functional Contextualism and Relational Frame Theory (RFT) 1 & 2
  • Goals and therapeutic stance

Afternoon Session (includes a short break)

  • Present moment and self as context
  • Psychological flexibility
  • The ACT Hexaflex and the six core processes
  • ACT Techniques
  • Defusion and Acceptance
  • Connecting with values
  • Commited action
  • Applying ACT to a variety of clinical issues
  • Evaluation and closing

Evaluation and quiz - your payment includes a quiz which when completed with a minimum of 80% correct answers, will enable you to download your Attendance Certificate.
To complete the quiz, please log into your account at and click the orange "Certificate" button under the program's title. 

For live webcasts, post-tests must be completed within one month of viewing the program.

Target Audience

This seminar has been designed to extend the clinical knowledge and applied skill of Psychologists, Counsellors, Psychotherapists, Coaches, Social Workers and Psychiatrists who work with individuals and couples who are experiencing distress about their relationship.



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