ACT at Work: Practitioner's Course


2 days

Day and time:


Next course: Starting date
Wednesday, 9 May 2018
Future courses: Upcoming dates

Course overview

Department Institute of Management Studies

Rachael Skews


Laurie Grove Baths, Council Room

This course is designed as an introduction to ACT at work. Suitable participants include consultants, trainers, coaches, psychologists, human resources, and learning and development professionals.

For over 20 years, Goldsmiths’ academics have published peer-reviewed studies on the beneficial impacts that acceptance and commitment training (ACT) has on the performance and well being of staff. Making extensive use of mindfulness techniques, combined with goal setting, ACT is now an established, yet still cutting edge, psychological technology that can help both employees and their organisations achieve what matters to them. It does this by increasing an individual’s ability to work towards challenging goals despite experiencing difficulties and adversity along the way.  In this course, you can learn how to deliver ACT training and coaching from international leaders in the area.

This course is aimed at individuals looking to use acceptance and commitment theory (ACT) based interventions with either groups or individuals in the workplace. Throughout the course we will provide an overview of ACT theory and research, with a specific focus on enhancing performance and wellbeing in a work context. Participants will have the opportunity to undertake exercises throughout the course, so they can experience ACT for themselves. This will include mindfulness practices, group-based exercises and individual activities.

This is a two-day course that runs at 10am-5pm on consecutive days. 

Why study this course at Goldsmiths?

The Institute of Management Studies at Goldsmiths is a world leading research centre for ACT-based interventions in the workplace, with a team of academics producing world-class evidence-based research in this area. This course has input from this team and is based on the wealth of evidence-based research being produced by the department and our collaborators. 

We have worked with ACT for over 25 years, developing and designing effective interventions for many organisations, such as the BBC and civil service, and across sectors, such as finance, advertising and public sector. 

Most recently our techniques have been adopted by the English Institute of Sport, who are responsible for training Team GB athletes and other elite sports people in the UK, as an effective way of preparing athletes for the Olympic Games. 

As we move towards a world where the 24/7 pace of life is the norm, and individuals need to perform at their best in demanding situations, we see ACT as a way to increase resilience, performance and wellbeing in businesses, sport and general life.  

Who will teach the course? 

Rachael Skews is a researcher and associate lecturer at the Institute of Management Studies at Goldsmiths. Her PhD research area is coaching psychology, with a particular focus on acceptance and commitment coaching. She is a member of the British Psychological Society and the Special Group for Coaching Psychology. Rachael’s doctorial research focuses specifically on the efficacy of acceptance and commitment coaching interventions, mechanisms of change in coaching, psychological flexibility and mindfulness in coaching practice. Her wider research interests include: cognitive behavioural coaching and rational coaching; organisational behaviour; health and wellbeing in the workplace; assessment; performance enhancement; positive psychology; leadership development; and the philosophy of science.

Before joining the IMS at Goldsmiths, Rachael worked in HR, career management and talent development consultancies. She has worked with UK and international organisations on a range of projects and her experience encompasses talent development, assessment, leadership development, coaching, career management, stress management and wellbeing.

What are the aims of the course?

At the end of this course, participants will:

  • Have an understanding of the key aspects of acceptance and commitment theory (ACT) 
  • Understand how ACT can benefit individuals’ wellbeing and performance
  • Have an awareness of the efficiency and effectiveness of ACT-based work interventions
  • Understand ways to use ACT with groups and/or individuals at work
  • Develop a tool kit of techniques to use in ACT-based workplace interventions.

How will the course be taught?

Classroom style learning, with a mix of lecturing, discussion and breakout sessions.

Key reading

Key reading for this course is:

Flaxman, P. E., Bond, F. W., & Livheim, F. (2013). The mindful and effective employee: an acceptance and commitment therapy training manual for improving well-being and performance. New Harbinger Publications.

Additional readings could include:

Bond, F. W., & Hayes, S. C. (2002). ACT at work. Handbook of brief cognitive behaviour therapy, 117-140.

Flaxman, P. E., & Bond, F. W. (2006). Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) in the workplace. Mindfulness-based treatment approaches: Clinician’s guide to evidence base and applications, 377-402.

Flaxman, P. E., & Bond, F. W. (2010). A randomised worksite comparison of acceptance and commitment therapy and stress inoculation training.Behaviour research and therapy, 48(8), 816-820.

Future courses

Upcoming dates:
Wednesday, 9 May 2018 - Thursday, 10 May 2018

How to Apply

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