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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy course

ACT Essentials (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy training).

ACT Essentials is a 3-day course from the Association for Psychological Therapies (APT), a leading provider of accredited Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) training courses in the UK and Ireland.

It is the only ACT training that gives you APT Accreditation and access to APT’s post-course resources, and is available in the following formats (it can also be completed as part of The APT Diploma in Psychological Therapies):

Live Webinar - learn from your home or workplace, webinars are live and pleasantly interactive and you receive the same credits as on live training.

Onsite - we bring the tutor and the training to you for a group of up to 15 people. Or, if you have an APT accredited tutor they can deliver the training in-house for half the standard fee. (Available when not in COVID-19 lock-down; plan ahead for this if you wish.)

Open - you come to us in Leicester, about an hour by train from London, Birmingham, and Sheffield. (Available when not in COVID-19 lock-down; plan ahead for this if you wish.)

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Executive Summary:

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.

Booking options

Who should attend?

People who attend this course normally fall into one of two categories:

1. Professionals who see patients in 1:1 treatment settings and have a significant degree of clinical skill.

2. 'Whole teams' (either in inpatient or community settings) seeking to add to their common approach.

The ACT Essentials course covers a great deal:

What this Acceptance and Commitment Therapy course will do for you:

What you receive as a result of attending the training:

You will be registered as having attended the course, thereby gaining APT's Level 1 accreditation, and receive a certificate to this effect. The accreditation gives you access to online resources associated with the course and access to the online exam if you wish to uprate your APT accreditation to Level 2.

Your registration lasts indefinitely, and your accreditation lasts for 3 years and is renewable by sitting an online refresher which also upgrades your accreditation to APT Level 2 if you are successful in the associated online exam.

Your accreditation is given value by the fact of over 100,000 people having attended APT training. See APT accreditation for full details.

Booking this training is easy.


Option 1: Live webinar:

This course can be provided as a live webinar for groups and individuals. A webinar typically takes slightly less time than the live course on which it is based (because of less group discussion and group exercises) but they have equivalence in accreditation and are live and pleasingly interactive.

Delegates can be anywhere that is conducive to concentrating, all together or separate, so long as they have access to a computer with a good internet connection. And as a manager, you have ‘guaranteed completion’: you only pay for delegates who successfully complete (minimum 15).

Exclusive Live Webinars (for groups)

  £3,870 plus VAT for a group of up to 15 people (price includes a workbook for every delegate).

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Open Live Webinar (for Individuals)

  28-30 July 2020 (This is a 3-day webinar.)
  10am - 3pm daily (Including an hour for lunch.)
  £320 plus VAT per person (Includes hardcopy workbook.)

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Option 2: Bring the course to your organisation:

We bring this 3-day course to your own organisation for a fixed, all-inclusive fee of £4,495 plus VAT and up to 15 people can attend.

To book, call (UK) 0116 241 8331, or click the button:

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Option 3: Attend this 3-day course in Leicester:

ACT Essentials - £460 plus VAT per person.

  9-11 November 2020
  9-11 March 2021
  7-9 June 2021
  8-10 November 2021

Venue: College Court, Knighton Road, Leicester, LE2 3UF. (Leicester is in the centre of England, approximately 1 hour by train from London, Sheffield, and Birmingham.)

The fee covers: tuition, workbook, lunch and refreshments each day, registration on the APT database, and certificate of accreditation/attendance.

To book, call (UK) 0116 241 8331, or click the button:

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Option 4: 'Train the Trainer':

If you or a colleague are a senior professional (e.g. consultant psychologist) and have a talent for communication and teaching, then you are welcome to apply to become an APT-accredited tutor. You could then tutor the course - or your chosen modules from it - in your own organisation, under license.

This is not only a highly appropriate use of senior professionals, but it also saves your organisation the tutor-component of the fee (around 50%) each time you run it or your chosen modules.

To see the full benefits of this and to see whether you are eligible, click the button:

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Downloadable information sheet:

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APT Accreditation

As a bona fide APT event, this course automatically has accreditation from The Association for Psychological Therapies. This means (i) that it contains the right amount of relevant information for its duration, and (ii) the information is presented in an engaging way, and in a way that will make it likely to be used after the course. APT verifies the accreditation by publishing the delegates' average ratings of relevance and presentation-quality for all its accredited courses. The accreditation is given value by over 100,000 professionals having attended APT courses.

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ACT Essentials Feedback

Feedback Ratings.

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.

Average Presentation rating: 94%

Average Relevance rating: 92%



*These statistics were last updated in November 2019.

ACT Essentials Written Feedback

Written Feedback.

APT prides itself on the feedback we receive about our courses. Below are just some of the great comments the ACT Essentials course has received.

"Absolutely fabulous - this should be taught to everyone.”

"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!”

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ACT Essentials: A Acceptance & Commitment Therapy course from APT

Course Overview

Course Title ACT Essentials
Category Acceptance & Commitment Therapy
Accreditation Offered APT Accreditation Level 1
Rating (9.4/10)
Duration 3 days
CPD Hours Earned 18
Location(s) Onsite Course Venue: Various (at your organisation)
Open Course Venue: College Court Conference Centre
Access Modes Onsite, Open
Onsite Course Onsite Course Booking Form
Open Course Open Course Booking Form
Upcoming open training dates: 28/04/2020
24/06/2020
09/11/2020
Course Tutor APT Accredited Tutor
Course Code ACT001
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