Dr Jo Lloyd, Senior Lecturer, Institute of Management Studies. Part of the Distinguished Speaker Series from the Institute of Management Studies, Goldsmiths.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is best described as a contextual cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT). Contextual CBTs are a recent addition to the cognitive behavioural tradition and are distinct from earlier approaches (e.g., Beck’s Cognitive Therapy). ACT aims to improve people’s mental health and behavioural effectiveness by increasing their levels of psychological flexibility. Psychological flexibility describes people’s ability to fully contact the present moment and pursue their meaningful life directions even when experiencing difficult and/or challenging internal experiences (e.g., thoughts, feelings, memories etc.).
Whilst ACT and psychological flexibility have been extensively examined in clinical populations—in which people may experience significant psychological and behavioural disturbance—research has also demonstrated their importance in non-clinical populations, such as employees and members of specific community/social groups. This presentation will discuss findings relating to these latter groups, focussing specifically on the use of ACT for workplace stress management, the development of psychometric tools to examine psychological flexibility in the workplace and the role of psychological inflexibility in the development of psychological distress in transgender and gender nonconforming adults experiencing prejudice and discrimination.
Dr Jo Lloyd is a lecturer in occupational psychology. She specialises in occupational health psychology and organisational behaviour.
Jo regularly presents on her work in both UK and international conferences. She is a chartered psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS), and a registered occupational psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Jo is currently the scientific sub-committee chair for the ACT special interest group with the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP), and is a member of the Partnership and Accreditation Committee (PAC) for the Division of Occupational Psychology.
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