Developing Self-Care & Self-Compassion
in a Stressed Out World:

Improving Health Outcomes, Reducing Medication &
Doing What Matters

How do we help patients to care for themselves? This familiar problem is explored through the lens of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (or ACT for short). Interest in this exciting approach to treatment is growing exponentially across the world.

In a rare visit to the UK, Professor Kelly G Wilson, one of ACT’s co-founders, will deliver an interactive workshop designed to help utilise these insights into everyday clinical practice.

What is ACT?

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (or ACT) is an evidence-based treatment with over 130 randomised clinical trials. ACT uniquely blends elements of mindfulness, behavioural psychology, Gestalt therapy, and humanist-existential thought. The ACT model is hugely inspirational, connects with core human values and is being applied and researched on a world-wide basis across a broad spectrum of clinical problems, including anxiety, depression, pain, addictions and long term conditions.

Who should attend?

This workshop will be of interest to GPs, therapists, doctors and any healthcare professionals. No previous knowledge of ACT is required for the first workshop on Day One.

Day One - 17th October 2016, 9:30am – 4:30pm

Day One (which can be a stand-alone workshop) explores how we can enhance self-care and self-compassion in your everyday clinical work. It will be of interest to GPs, doctors, mental health care professionals, psychological therapists and community staff. (Basically, anyone involved in helping people to take care of themselves and live a better life).

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Day one will begin with a whirlwind tour of the health challenges that have become epidemic in the modern world. We will examine a wide variety of highly modifiable risk factors that can:

  • Reduce risk of mental illness
  • Ameliorate symptoms of mental illness
  • Reduce chronicity of mental illness
  • May allow for medication use with lower dosage over shorter time frames
  • May support heath in medication reductions
  • May allow for no medication at all for some patients

We will examine self-care and self-compassion in a way that leaves workshop attendees with something far better than a to-do list of diet, exercise, and sleep. Heavens! The world is full of books full of to-do lists. Usually the books sit on the shelf, and, "I need to read that book" becomes one more to-do.

Even though we, and our clients, often know things we “should” do, motivation is a barrier. Getting started is a barrier. Sticking with it is a barrier. And, even thinking seriously about change is a barrier.

Day one will focus on the special place of self-care in the Acceptance and Commitment Therapy model. ACT is not a therapy aimed at symptom reduction. It is a therapy aimed at increasing engagement in abundant, rich, and valued living.

ACT principles will guide participants in new interventions, worksheets, and interviews that can be used in any human services environment, including mental health clinics, but also, medical settings, workplaces, schools, and community centres.

The workshop will be densely experiential and will focus on a set of tools and skills that participants will be prepared to use immediately following the workshop. We will show how the interface between self-compassion and self-care relate to values work in ACT in order to promote life enhancing change and powerful therapeutic alliance.

The workshop will contain enough of the basic model, no jargon, just plain speaking in order to understand this fundamental area of human functioning. Because of the common sense language, even clinicians new to ACT will benefit. However, there will be sufficient focus on values work to maintain the interest and engagement of the most seasoned ACT therapists and researchers.

Day Two - 18th October 2016, 9:30am – 4:30pm

Day Two will be of particular interest to staff involved in directly helping people make psychological and behavioural changes - especially psychological therapists and mental health workers - and will build on the foundations identified in Day One.

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On day two, we will bring the tools acquired on day one, along with the full ACT model, to bear directly on client centered work.

ACT provides a trans-diagnostic model. We will introduce new worksheets and interviews that can be used with a wide variety of client difficulties. The workshop will be experiential in focus and will provide a set of tools and skills that participants will be prepared to use immediately following the workshop. We will show how the interface between mindfulness and values work in ACT can promote life enhancing change and powerful therapeutic alliance.


Lunch will be included on both days and is made from locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. Teas, coffees and biscuits will also be served.

Please contact us if you have any specific dietary requirements.

Getting to the Venue

Please visit The Eden Project Website for details of how to get to the venue.

About Kelly G. Wilson

Kelly G. Wilson

Kelly G. Wilson, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology at the University at Mississippi and co-founder of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. During a European tour covering Brussels, The Eden Project and Madrid, he will deliver his inspirational workshop on how to help patients make psychological & behavioural changes – basically how to help patients take better care of themselves.

Kelly G. Wilson
Optimising Self-Care and Self-Compassion
in a Stressed Out World
The Eden Project
The Eden Project