The Association for Psychological Therapies prides itself on the written feedback we receive for our courses. Below is just some of the great reviews the ACT Essentials course has received.
"Really good course, cannot wait to put what I have learnt into practice."
Scott Lane, Recovery Worker
"The course was intellectually engaging throughout. The presenter had a very professional and engaging style."
Fatima Mahomed, High Intensity CBT
"What a wonderfully presented course! The delivery was extremely well done with the assurance of expertise from the trainer in this field."
Rachel Turner, SDP – Programmes Facilitator
"Outstanding course. Exceeded my expectations. Well presented – flexible teaching, lots of clinical examples, clinical relevance. I will use this in my day to day clinical practice."
Scott Ferris, Consultant Psychologist
"This has been a very useful course that was well presented and has certainly given me a grounding in ACT. Many thanks."
Les Butter, CPN
"The tutor was an excellent facilitator – he was engaging and enthusiastic and now I have a buzz for ACT. Really enjoyed the 3 days, thank you. He is an inspiration."
Siobhan Betts, Assistant Psychologist
"Extremely well presented and delivered. Course leader was extremely knowledgeable and experienced within the field. Very interesting and useful which will help develop and broaden my skill base and in turn help deliver a more beneficial intervention for our patients. Would highly recommend this course for anyone working in the field!"
Sara Long, Senior Nurse Practitioner
"Very engaging trainer with some great ideas and discussion around ACT and especially and just as important, the use of clinical examples and ways of implementing the skills discussed and learnt into my own practice in a specialist Home Treatment Team setting."
Nick Edmonds, Specialist Nurse Practitioner
"Absolutely loved the course. Inspiring, validating and empowering. Hope to incorporate into practice as feel the patients would benefit greatly."
Course Delegate (Nurse Practitioner)
"I thought the course was great. I have gained lots of tools. I will definitely be exploring values within the assessments I do. I am to build on the skills I have learnt over the past 2 days and I feel the knowledge and skills I have gained will improve my practice and the patient experience."
Tina Butler, Nurse MH Practitioner
"Excellent course with accurate and informative information relevant to my current workplace. Excellent resources offered and available for ongoing reference."
"Very good course. Would like to do more ACT training to build up confidence in using within my own practice."
Kerry Harris (MH Nurse)
"Opened up my thoughts of how ACT can be used more in my practice. Acceptance is something I have used and will continue to use more skillfully in my practice."
Course Delegate (Senior Nurse Practitioner)
"I thoroughly enjoyed this course and felt it was very relevant to my clinical practice. I felt the presenter was an excellent tutor. He had a breadth of knowledge and experience that was evident throughout. Great clinical examples!"
Sharon Mulhern, Consultant Clinical Psychologist
"I have found this course to be enlightening, informative and very person centred. I am keen to take this forward in my practice finding all of the information provided useful."
Caroline Mitchell, CBT Therapist
"This was an excellent course with a very practical clinical focus. There was just the right balance between theory, clinical exercises and case discussion. It was informative, lively and fun!"
Dr Benjamin Knudson, Consultant Psychologist
"Very interesting course which has helped me consolidate what I know about ACT and made me want to know more. I really liked the tutor's style of delivery - humor, lots of interesting examples, broad knowledge of psychology (e.g. links with other models) and life! Very stimulating and helpful and feel it has much relevance to my work."
Margie Kent, OT/Care Coordinator CMHT
"Really good training expertly presented. It has turned my thinking on my head in a really good way."
Ian Saunders, Substance Misuse Practitioner
"Absolutely fabulous - this should be taught to everyone."
Ray Worthington, Substance Misuse Practitioner
"This course was useful and inspiring and has taught me how to look at problems differently and in a different context - I have taken the concept of values and the use of metaphors and the notion of acceptance on board and plan to now use these with my patients."
Cheryl Stelfox, Clinical Psychologist
"Another fantastic course from APT. Delivered by an excellent tutor that encouraged discussion with the group."
James Wagstaff, Care Coordinator
"Absolutely loved this course. Believe ACT is the way forward for therapy."
Emma Welsby, Occupational Therapist
"Wow! What a great course, informative, challenging, interesting and really well delivered."
Wayne Ruddell, PWP
"It was an excellent course. Well delivered. Explained well and clarified a lot of details. Made it very interesting. Prepared me to deliver ACT. Very helpful. Excellent teaching."
"Excellent course. Will recommend. Very practical and applicable to my work."
"Very interactive presentation, useful case scenarios used … I strongly recommend this course."
"This will help in dealing with patients with partial recovery. Particularly helpful in understanding patients' problems and directing them to appropriate courses."
"I learnt more about dealing with functional older adult patients."
"Extremely interesting and relevant to my practice working with chronic and enduring mental health problems in Assertive Outreach Team. The tutor is excellent, enjoyed the whole 3 days. Will be using some of the techniques for my day to day practice."
"Very interactive course with plenty of real life scenarios that are very helpful in understanding problems and have strategies to tackle them."
"Good presenter re looking at problems we bring up, questions asked."
"Challenging and comprehensive. The tutor was very willing to engage in answering questions, gave lots of examples and explanation of material."
A 3-day course (2-day version also available).
'Once in a while there is a unique contribution to psychotherapy.'
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) moves away from focusing too closely on ‘symptom reduction’ towards teaching how to live in a stable and rewarding way. So it teaches how to get in touch with your values, how to act in accordance with them, how to be aware of ‘the you that is always there’, how to see your passing thoughts and feelings for just that, how to accept thoughts and feelings you don’t like without over-struggling with them, and so how to live mainly in the present.
We continuously monitor the quality of our training by obtaining feedback on the two key scales of relevance and presentation from every course delegate. Below are the average ratings for the last ten runnings of this course, which are updated periodically.