Managing Conflict in Relationships​

Acceptance and Commitment therapy: Using Mindfulness and Values to Make Powerful Life Enhancing Changes.


Summary of workshop:

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a model of behavioral treatment that emphasises acceptance of emotion and thought while maintaining a focus on positive behavior change that is meaningful and consistent with personal values. ACT uses a variety of verbal, experiential and homework techniques plus mindfulness to help clients make experiential contact with previously avoided private events (thoughts, feelings, sensations), without excessive verbal involvement and control – and to make powerful life enhancing choices. This workshop will explore and demonstrate ACT techniques that may be broadly useful for intervening with multi-problem clients dealing with issues such as anxiety, substance abuse, depression, and human struggle. The workshop will provide clinicians with a basic understanding of ACT, and with personal experiences that will allow further development of these skills based on their application. There will be focus on experiential work and include personal feedback, practice with ACT core processes skills.

robyn-walser-phdRobyn D. Walser, Ph.D. is Director of TL Consultation Services, Associate Director at the National Center for PTSD and is Associate Clinical Professor at University of California, Berekely. As a licensed psychologist, she maintains an international training, consulting and therapy practice. Dr. Walser is an expert in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and has co-authored 3 books on ACT including Learning ACT, The Mindful Couple and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for the Treatment of Posttramatic Stress disorder. She also has expertise in traumatic stress and substance abuse and has authored a number of articles and chapters and books on these topics. She has been doing ACT workshops since 1998; training in multiple formats and for multiple client problems. Dr. Walser has been described as a “passionate, creative, and bold ACT trainer and therapist” and she is best known for her dynamic, warm and challenging ACT trainings. She is often referred to as a clinician’s clinician. Her workshops feature a combination of lecture and experiential exercises designed to provide a unique learning opportunity in this state-of-the-art intervention.

Dr. Walser has presented her research findings and papers at international and national conferences, universities and hospital settings; and she has been invited to international conferences to speak about ACT. She is invested in developing innovative ways to translate science-into-practice and continues to do research and education on dissemination of ACT and other therapies.

dr-darrah-westrupDr. Darrah Westrup:

Darrah Westrup, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist practicing in Colorado and California with an established reputation for her work as a therapist, program director, trainer, researcher, and consultant to practitioners at various firms and organizations. She is a recognized authority on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and a Peer Reviewed Trainer of  acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT).  Darrah has conducted numerous presentations and trainings at international, national, and local conferences, seminars, and workshop. She has served as an Expert ACT Consultant on a VA-wide rollout of ACT for depression for the last five years, and authored Advanced ACT: An experienced practitioners’ guide to optimizing delivery (2014) based on her clinical, consulting and supervisory experiences. Darrah has co-authored three other books on ACT:  Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for the Treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Trauma-Related Problems (Walser and Westrup, 2007), The Mindful Couple: How acceptance and mindfulness can lead you to the love you want (Walser and Westrup, 2009), and ACT in Groups (Wright and Westrup, in press).

After the workshop you will be more able to:

  • Describe the psychopathological impact of experiential avoidance.
  • Describe how human language participates in suffering and effects our relationship with private internal experiences.
  • Describe how mindfulness is related to ACT.
  • Describe the major steps in ACT.
  • Describe how ACT techniques are broadly related to the therapeutic relationship.
  • Describe the role of personal values in guiding the work done in therapy.
  • Describe how acceptance can promote positive functioning.
  • Describe how ACT techniques are broadly useful for intervening with multi- problem patients.
  • Describe a basic understanding of ACT skills combined with personal experiences that will guide application of the therapy.
  • Help clients make powerful life enhancing choices through ACT processes.

Here are a few quotes (feedback) from some of Dr. Walser’s trainings (2-day workshops):

(Robyn)…. is a dynamic leading ACT trainer, charismatic and creative.

“Best workshop I have attended. Excellent presentation. Gained a lot personally and professionally”

“This was one of the best training and workshops I have had the pleasure to attend (and I’ve been to some good ones!)

“That was great! Come back!


HPCSA: 11 CEU’s accredited (Clinical, Counselling, Educational and Industrial Psychologists, Registered Councellors)
SACSSP: CPD accreditation pending
Cost: R3500 for Professionals and Non-Professionals (including all teas and lunches)
R1750 for Master degree students (including all teas and lunches).
Early bird R2900 before 26 Feb 2016 (including all teas and lunches)
Date: 30, 31 March 2016 Centurion
Date: 4, 5 April 2016 Cape Town
Venue: Centurion: Kleinkaap Boutique Hotel and conference centre
Venue: Cape Town: 2 Koorsboom Cresent, Vredekloof Clinic, 7560
Time: 08:00-17:00 for both days
Payment method:

Deposit:    R500 per person to confirm your attendance on or before 26 February 2016.
Early Bird Discount for payment of R2900 per person on or before 26 February 2016 which covers all the costs.
The outstanding balance of R3000 for people who haven’t qualified for early bird discount is payable on or before 28 March 2016.

Bank details:
Bank: Standard Bank
Account name: Workshops
Branch: Centurion
Branch Code: 012645
Account Number: 013825690



Marinda Reynecke

Marinda Reynecke

Counselling Psychologist

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