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ACT Essentials, course reviews.

The Association for Psychological Therapies prides itself on the written feedback we receive for our courses. Below is just of the great reviews the ACT Essentials course has received.

"I know I haven't been vocal, but I really wanted to express my thanks for the training. It has been really informative, and I have learnt a lot. The way you have explored different metaphors has been particularly enjoyable and useful for me. I'm happy to know that there is a lot of ACT that I already use, but so much more that you have opened my eyes too."

Course Delegate ('Online Live' version)

"I really enjoyed this course and really appreciated how well paced, structured and comprehensive the content was overall, and the way the tutor's own experience, knowledge and advice was delivered. I felt confident we were on track and that we were in good hands! It was good to have the variation of breakout rooms, videos and lecture. The timing of the sections and breaks was great and even though it covered all the areas of ACT, I feel I have had a really good opportunity to practice and experience the concepts and techniques, and I can confidently use the forms for case formulation and session plans. Thank you very much. An excellent course."

Course Delegate ('Online Live' version)

"What a great tutor! He was kind, compassionate and very engaging, and made 3 days of online training really accessible for me, especially given my disability. Thank you!"

Rebekah Golds-Jones ('Online Live' version)

"Brilliant course. The tutor had excellent knowledge of the subject."

Jordyn Eyre ('Online Live' version)

"I thoroughly enjoyed this course. The tutor's teaching style and sharing of experiences was incredibly valuable and it helped to visualise ACT in practice. Thanks so much!"

Lauren McMahon ('Online Live' version)

"Throughly enjoyable course, very useful and informative, can't wait to begin usin g these new skills."

Luke Perry ('Online Live' version)

"Really well presented, very validating and supportive, and gave me the enthusiasm and clinical confidence to take my ACT credentials further."

Mark Henderson ('Online Live' version)

"A very comprehensive course. The tutor was excellent with a good knowledge. I liked the mix of theory and practical exercises."

Course Delegate ('Online Live' version)

"Fantastic - role play was really informative and content was well presented and easy to understand."

Robert Teare ('Online Live' version)

"One of the only trainings I have been on where I felt fully engaged throughout. The content was superb and the presentation felt easy to follow and not anxiety-inducing. I felt free to engage in a lower pressure environment which made my experience all the better."

Course Delegate ('Online Live' version)

"The course was highly relevant to the work we carry out and the population we work with (mainly children and young adults with Autism/Learning disabilities and their families). It is acknowledged that it will become part of the tool kit we can all use."

Mayuri Dave ('Online Live' version)

"The tutor was very knowledgeable and was well-paced, clear and coherent in her delivery of the course. She answered questions when asked and did not appear rushed or irritated. I would highly recommend this course."

Dr Tina Obua ('Online Live' version)

"I genuinely loved this course. It felt applicable, universal and understandable."

Dr Rav Shah ('Online Live' version)

"I could listen to the tutor all day. So extremely engaging, knowledgable, interesting and helped to explain principles of ACT perfectly."

Dr Elizabeth Bray ('Online Live' version)

"I found this a really interesting and informative course. I have learnt so much in 3 days and will continue to learn and develop methods into my practice."

Victoria Jones ('Online Live' version)

"Fabulous course - loved it. I think it will be of great benefit in my practise. Really enjoyable and safe environment, talked through really clearly."

Caroline Higgins ('Online Live' version)

"Thank you so much, really enjoyed it. Lulu was brilliant throughout and gave great examples which will be so helpful in practice."

Stacey Pope ('Online Live' version)

"This was an amazing course. It was very well delivered and extremely useful and applicable to my work with adolescents and families! I especially appreciated the personal experiential practice, role-playing, and the connection to clients as well!"

Delanie Atteberry ('Online Live' version)

"Excellent course, the tutor was a very good teacher and I feel the content was laid out very well."

Course Delegate ('Online Live' version)

"I've never been on webinar training before but I was pleasantly surprised at how well it went! I really liked the use of breakout rooms. I will be recommending this course to my colleagues!"

Course Delegate ('Online Live' version)

"I thought this course was extremely well delivered. I knew little about ACT beforehand but now feel very inspired to develop what I’ve learnt and incorporate it into my everyday practice. I was concerned about how the course would work in an online format but it was very well done and actually preferable to face-to-face. I thought the breakout groups worked particularly well and felt very comfortable for all to discuss. The presented was an excellent course tutor. His delivery was very clear and pitched at a really good practical level. His time keeping was excellent and made time for questions and comment throughout. Booking, emails, Zoom links were all really well organised. No criticisms at all! I really enjoyed the course - thank you so much."

Dr Caroline Houlihan-Burne ('Online Live' version)

"I feel the training was really useful and beneficial for my role. Initially I was worried about the interactive nature being lost due to the online nature, but this wasn't an issue at all as the tutor encouraged it throughout. Really benefitted from the practices and seeing how other people would approach the role play. Due to being a trainee it's always beneficial to learn from others."

Course Delegate ('Online Live' version)

"Really enjoyable and excellent course. The tutor was extremely engaging and presented material very clearly and took time and care to answer all questions asked."

Course Delegate ('Online Live' version)

"Really excellent training, the tutor was great."

Sandra Kearney ('Online Live' version)

"I really enjoyed the course. I can see how I can integrated it into my practice and look forward to continuing to develop my knowledge in this area. Thanks APT!"

Lorna Guilfoyle ('Online Live' version)

"A very engaging and thought provoking course with excellent use of breakout rooms in Zoom."

Kate Southall ('Online Live' version)

"Ali was a great tutor. He embodied the principles and was open to any questions. A great emphasis on learning. The whole delivery of the training was in keeping with ACT and rewarding."

Jen Smith ('Online Live' version)

"Loved the teaching - thought it was very well presented over Zoom."

Natalie Jenkins ('Online Live' version)

"ACT is such an interesting intervention. The tutor was so knowledgeable and generous in sharing his insights and advice. The online format works brilliantly despite our initial hesitation."

Michael Napier ('Online Live' version)

"I found this course to be very engaging and inspiring. The tutor was very welcoming and open, answering questions very clearly, while still directing back to the material. I really enjoyed the case study examples as it helped me to be able to see this work in practice. Fantastic tutor, thank you."

Holly Penfold ('Online Live' version)

"Highly enjoyable and thought prevoking course, that was well set out and explained. I hope to use the theory and practice in my role to better help support my service users."

Christopher Chapman ('Online Live' version)

"Really enjoyed this course; very thorough and empowering. I am just getting back to practice and the practical aspects of the course really helpful. Thank you so much!"

Dr Jessica Eade ('Online Live' version)

"Excellent course and really well delivered by the tutor I feel energised and ready to go with clients ... I really liked doing it online as having to travel to do the course would have been more stressful for me so preferred this and felt more comfortable to engage with people."

Course Delegate ('Online Live' version)

"Amazing course and tutor! Loved the techniques and metaphors ... Would definitely reccommend this course 100%."

Course Delegate ('Online Live' version)

"Very useful. Highly relevant training which will be widely applicable to those I work with."

Course Delegate ('Online Live' version)

"This is one of the best courses (if not the best!) I have attended. I really feel as though I learnt a lot from the course and am looking forward to putting my new knowledge into practice. I was initially nervous about the group exercises but actually found them really enjoyable! I look forward to attending more courses with APT in the future. I would strongly recommend this course to anyone who is interested."

Course Delegate ('Online Live' version)

"I really liked the tutor's style and flexibility, I think it really encompassed the model as a whole. He is clearly very knowledgeable on ACT and complimentary therapies which was really useful. Overall a thoroughly enjoyable course and one I would recommend."

Emma Longfellow ('Online Live' version)

"This was my first virtual learning course and I've really enjoyed it, especially the break out rooms, as this allowed connections that I thought would be lost online."

Naomi Callender ('Online Live' version)

"Brilliant course, really enjoyed it, very appropriate for my profession and area of working, thank you."

Nicola Webster ('Online Live' version)

"I felt that it was adapted to an online format very well; the 'breakout rooms' worked well and the tutor did a great job at keeping us all engaged."

Sophie Livsey ('Online Live' version)

"Excellent course that translated surprisingly well to Zoom given the present lockdown circumstances. Martin was easy and clear to listen to, made the course interesting with a good mix of didactic material and then exercises and quizzes to consolidate learning. I am a GP with an interest in psychological therapies (practising both clinical hypnosis and CBT). ACT as a 3rd wave therapy has given me some extra skills that I can incorporate into my skill set. I tend to be more of an observer when it comes to learning and it was nice that he explained at the beginning that there was no pressure to be interactive if this wasn't your preferred style."

Dr Kate Barnes, GP ('Online Live' version)

"A brilliant course. Very absorbing and rewarding. I was really looking forward to this course it is surpassed my expectation at every level. A very charismatic, warm, knowledgeable tutor. The best course I have ever undertaken."

Josephine Rees, MH Support Worker

"I loved the course! It is one of the best courses I have been to. It was informative, useful and enjoyable. It exceeded my expectations."

Marina Mihaylova, Psychiatrist

"This is my favourite course of all training I have ever completed! The tutor was very engaging and her passion was evident through her delivery. I feel motivated to try to implement this into my practice and believe that it will be really beneficial to my client group – so many useful techniques discussed!e."

Sharon Murphy, Assessing Social Worker

"The tutor is an exceptional presenter – very knowledgeable, experienced and personable. The venue was excellent, very comfortable and accessible. Training materials were logical, detailed and thorough. Best training I’ve attended, would definitely recommend to others."

Eleanor Tomlinson, Educational Psychologist

"Brilliant course, far exceeded my expectations. Will definitely help me in my practice and I wouldn’t hesitate booking another APT course."

Scarlett Webster, Counsellor

"I really enjoyed the course. It was thought provoking, developmental and refreshing. I will definitely be incorporating some of the techniques and concepts into my work with clients."

Leanne Hanley, Forensic Psychologist

"ACT was a pleasant surprise for me, I found it relevant to my cases and I really liked the metaphors and lots of visual ideas."

Kate Asher, Probation Officer

"Thank you very much! All of it was beneficial and relevant to our practice."

Course Delegate (Senior PMHN)

"I have absolutely loved the training. I am looking forward to using this therapy with my clients."

Course Delegate

"Thoroughly enjoyed the 3-day training – a good variety of resources used, mix of activities including quiz, group work, discussions and videos."

Suzie Robertson, Drug & Alcohol Nurse

"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."

Course Delegate

"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 skilfully 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 - humour, 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."

Course Delegate

"Excellent course. Will recommend. Very practical and applicable to my work."

Course Delegate

"Very interactive presentation, useful case scenarios used … I strongly recommend this course."

Course Delegate

"This will help in dealing with patients with partial recovery. Particularly helpful in understanding patients' problems and directing them to appropriate courses."

Course Delegate

"I learnt more about dealing with functional older adult patients."

Course Delegate

"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."

Course Delegate

"Very interactive course with plenty of real life scenarios that are very helpful in understanding problems and have strategies to tackle them."

Course Delegate

"Good presenter re looking at problems we bring up, questions asked."

Course Delegate

"Challenging and comprehensive. The tutor was very willing to engage in answering questions, gave lots of examples and explanation of material."

Course Delegate

ACT Essentials course

ACT Essentials (Acceptance & Commitment Therapy).

A 3-day course.

'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.

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Feedback Ratings

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, which are updated periodically.


Presentation: 94%

Relevance: 90%

Online Live

Presentation: 95%

Relevance: 94%

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