Training & Supervision in Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) and CBT
Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a modern behavioural approach that uses creative methods to help you and your clients improve their lives. Our training is underpinned by a curiosity of what works and what doesn’t. We use Contextual behavioural science as a framework, because it draws on core behavioural processes including evolutionary, neurological, cognitive, behavioural and emotion-focused principles.
Find out more about our culture, philosophy and how we can work together
Take a look at our popular CBT & ACT training courses:
An Introductory training in Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)
A Theoretical, Experiential & Practical Introduction to the application of ACT for Common Mental Health Problems
An Intermediate training (Level 2) in Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Flexible ACT Practice: A skills building workshop to help you become a more effective ACT Practitioner.
Living Well as the First Medicine
An Introduction to the application of Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) for long-term health conditions (LTCs)
How to Improve the Well-being of Therapists
A Guide for Counsellors, CBT Therapists, Psychotherapists and Psychologists who want to inject fierce compassion into their workplaces.
Building Effective, Productive & Harmonious Teams
Make your workplace more co-operative with the Core Design Principles of Pro-Social
Other ACT Training:
Birmingham ACT Week (in partnership with University of Birmingham) – Seven days of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Training from beginner to advanced practitioner.
Our CBT, ACT & Psychology Training Services don’t just tell you about the interventions, you get to do it, to live it and to experience the model first hand. Learn the theory, experience the methods and practice the techniques. Develop a process-focused therapeutic modality, increase your flexibility by moving beyond rigid ‘disorder-focused categorisations’ of psychological suffering and apply a simple effective transdiagnostic way of working.
What is in our training?
Participate in your learning
Build your confidence & your competence by practicing therapy skills and getting feedback
Get what you need more easily through structured sessions and targeted learning objectives
Get better results by working more deeply in the processes with a blend of experiential, role-play and theory
Fun & Creative
Enrich your experience as well as your client’s by remaining focused and attentive
What we teach in our training
Openforwards training courses teach applied behavioural science. This includes courses in Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) & Mindfulness. These approaches have strong evidence to support their effectiveness in helping people to alleviate their own psychological suffering.
Who is the training for?
You are welcome to register for any of our training events. They are built and delivered with mental health practitioners in mind i.e. Counsellors, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Psychiatric Nurses and Psychiatrists. However, if you work in the helping profession and you are eager to develop your psycho-therapeutic skills, then you will surely gain some valuable learning by coming along and taking part. In fact, previous training workshops have attracted Physiotherapists, Social Workers, Medics, Probation Officers, Mentors, Coaches, Mindfulness Teachers, Rehabilitation Specialists and HR Consultants. We are an inclusive pack!
What are the trainer’s credentials?
Jim Lucas is a Teaching Fellow at University of Birmingham School of Psychology. He teaches Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and he supervises trainees through their post-graduate diplomas. He also teaches on the #bhamACTWeek programme, which takes place every September. This is rich curriculum of experiential introductions, applied practice and intermediary skills using Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT). Read more by visiting the University of Birmingham Online Shop.
Jim is a BABCP Accredited CBT Therapist & Supervisor with many years of supervising both qualified and practitioners-in-training. He is an ACBS peer-reviewed Trainer in Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) and has undertaken Post-Graduate certificates in Clinical Supervision and Online Supervision.
What people are saying
Learning can be fun and we aim to make it that way. We hope we can encourage you to get involved and discover just how effective you can be. You’ll get to focus on bringing together the theory, the practice and the experiential. This way, you get to make a significant difference.