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.