What are ACT Practice Groups?
Using the ACT peer-led consultation approach called the Portland Model, you get to take part in small group practices.
In a kind, appreciative and curious environment, you get to play being an ACT Therapist. Through direct observation and real-time feedback, you will learn how to be more flexible in your ACT practice. As a result, you’ll deepen your ACT knowledge, embody psychological flexibility and refine your ACT Skills.
How Do ACT Practice Groups Work?
We don’t talk about your work or present cases. Instead, we use role-plays to learn experientially.
Practice your psychological flexibility skills and get real-time feedback.
Describe a personal or professional struggle to support the Skills Builder’s practice.
When called upon, offer guidance to the Skills Builder.
Observe and record examples of useful intervening and missed opportunities.
What are the benefits of ACT Supervision in Groups?
ACT Practice Supervision Groups have several vital advantages. First, they support therapists who feel isolated, either because they work alone or don’t have any connections with other ACT therapists.
When you belong to a supportive professional community, it can aid your skills development. You get to draw on their collective expertise, and when you have members from different cultural backgrounds, you benefit from their diversity.
ACT Practice groups focus on experiential learning. Rather than discussing cases, the group coaches each other through role-play and direct feedback. You benefit from participating in various ways, either through direct practice, observation, process monitoring and real-time feedback.
By switching roles, you discover new learning through multiple perspectives. Rather than relying on the same patterns and interventions, you widen your therapeutic repertoire.
Who facilitates the practice groups?
Jim Lucas is an ACBS Peer-reviewed ACT Trainer. He has taught thousands of therapists how to integrate Acceptance and Commitment Therapy into their therapeutic toolkit.
Having co-founded the Birmingham ACT peer consultation group in 2014, Jim has learned how to create a safe place for practitioners to be curious and compassionate.
We ensure that all practice is rooted in Contextual Behavioural Science(CBS), the ideas that underpin ACT. By linking practice with theory, you not only understand what to do but why you’re doing it.
Jim regularly writes articles and produces training videos on the subject of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. In addition, he authored the popular ebook, The ACT Roadmap, and sends out a weekly newsletter for practitioners called Future Now.
Jim is a long-time member of ACBS and treasurer of the ACBS UK & Ireland Chapter. He teaches on the Post Graduate CBT Programme at the University of Birmingham, and he has run multiple workshops at national and international conferences.
Who can join the ACT Practice Groups?
The groups aren’t just for ACT Therapists; we welcome other ACT Practitioners. For example: Coaches, Psychologists, Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners, Social Workers, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists. If you’re using ACT professionally, then we’d love to have you join us.
What else happens in the Practitioners Community?
Your membership includes access to a wide range of features, including:
Our Practitioners Community focuses on helping you:
1. Deepen your knowledge and skills in ACT and Contextual Behavioural Science.
2. Improve your wellbeing through connections with other practitioners.
3. Apply psychological flexibility to your personal and professional life.
When do the ACT Practice Groups take place?
Every Monday from 5.30 pm to 6.30 pm (UK-time). You can come along as often or as little as you like.
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