Thursday, 19 November 2009

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Conference, Melbourne

I attended the recent ACT Workshop in Melbourne led by Kirk Strosahl, co-founder of ACT. It was brilliant and came at a good time for Bloom.

We're just completing our first ever e-brochure listing the services we offer to organisations, and in this we outline how Bloom is pioneering the use of ACT in organisational settings.

Unlike other therapeutic interventions, ACT comes with first-class empirical evidence for its effectiveness in dealing with depression, anxiety, chronic management and even complex disorders like schizophrenia and borderline personality disorder.

But the beauty of ACT is that it is applicable to anyone. It is a revolutionary way of seeing the world and gives people the skills to increase their psychological flexibility. My former supervisor Professor Frank Bond has shown that it delivers extraordinary results pretty much anywhere in the workplace. By using it in organisations, Bloom will be training people to deal with anxiety, stress, doubt, indecision, lack of confidence and lack of self esteem and to move in the direction that they most value.

More - much more - on ACT to come but for anyone interested in finding out more go to our website. I'd also recommend The Happiness Trap by Dr Russ Harris as a great introduction.

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