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UK and Republic of Ireland ACT and Contextual Behavioural Science 4th Conference

Manchester, November 16th-17th 2020

Pragmatism Rules! - 'There is nothing so practical as good theory' (Lewin, 1951)


Having carefully considered current government guidelines, the chapter survey results (thank you to all who completed this) and the options available to us, we have concluded that the most workable format in aiming to meet everyone’s needs for Manchester 2020 is to offer a dual format, with in-person and online attendance as available options. This means that all conference content will be streamed via Live Interactive Webcast, and also recorded for follow up viewing.

This format will be brand new to ACBS, and we are particularly excited about the reduction of environmental impact and improved accessibility and inclusivity this will entail. Should everything proceed as we hope, this could be a trailblazing conference, which sets a new gold standard for ACBS conferences for the future. We therefore ask that you make your decision of whether to attend in person or online based on the workability for yourself, informed by your unique circumstance. With the distancing rules currently in place, the venue will have limited scope for in-person attendance, so should this be your preferred option please book your place very soon.  


The deadline for submission has now passed, and we thank all the people willing to submit during such uncertain times. You have enabled us to offer a full and vibrant programme, with something for everyone. For this first ever dual format conference, we have decided to run a two day event rather than three, and maximise the content for these two days. We will therefore offer the three advertised precons as half day in-conference workshops. Please note your preferred option when booking your place. If you have already registered, please contact us to discuss your booking.


'In 1952, pioneer of social psychology Kurt Lewin wrote, “There is nothing so practical as good theory”. From a contextual perspective theories are tools for acting in the world. Whether we are applied practitioners, basic scientists or somewhere between, theories tell us what to consider as data, how to predict and to influence and define if we have made progress in our goals. Our conference theme reflects the pragmatic integration of theory and effective action, a core principle of Contextual Behavioural Science. Delegates are welcome to submit for presentation a wide range of proposals for symposia, posters, research papers, panel discussions and in conference workshops that tackle the theme from any angle: theory to practice, and in any context: therapy, education, health, organisational, coaching, behaviour change and laboratory. Come and share your work, and tell other delegates how it is making a practical difference in the world and to our shared science.'


Submissions close Friday 24th April 

Venue

Accommodation

Accommodation has been secured by ‘Visit Manchester’ with the best conference rates they can find for our delegates, please click on the link below and book your accommodation now! https://book.passkey.com/e/50081419

Registration Fees

*30% discount off early rates for first 50 registrations*

Early rates before 18th September 2020Member
BABCP / ACBS
Non Member  Student
Conference - 1 day£150.00£180.00£110.00
Conference - 2 days£280.00£300.00£200.00
Late rates after 18th September 2020Member
BABCP / ACBS
Non Member Student
Conference - 1 day
£165.00£200.00
£120.00
Conference - 2 days£310.00£330.00£220.00

In Conference Workshops

Rikke Kjelgaard - 'Creative Hopelessness' (intermediate) 

In my experience, many clinicians find the process of delivering and working with creative hopelessness in ACT difficult. Clinicians themselves may find that they react to the hopelessness and worry about how the intervention is impacting the client. They may ”get stuck” in a control agenda or in their own feelings of hopelessness. At times, the function of creative hopeless is lost and the content becomes the key aspect, often leading to discussions with clients that defeat the work of creative hopelessness. Undermining control based strategies can be challenging in the therapuetic setting, ultimately, clinicians will want to do this compassion and forthrightness. In the broader application of ACT and in assisting the client through therapy, this proces can play an important role in both the process and progress of therapy. Through roleplays and demonstrations Rikke Kjelgaard will uncover the process of creative hopelessness and show various ways of working with this flexibly and fluently in session. Clinicians will be guided to consider their own process and how it plays out in therapy.

learning objectives:
* describe and explain the process of Creative Hopelessness
* apply the process when needed in therapy
* design various ways of using this technique in flexible and fluent ways

This highly experiential workshop is run by licensed psychologist, passionate public speaker and peer reviewed ACT trainer Rikke Kjelgaard.  Rikke  is an authorized psychologist and expert in ACT with many years experience teaching, coaching, treating, disseminating, implementing super-performers in ACT as well as behavioural therapist and a frequent lecturer on both the Danish and international stage. She has taught thousands of practitioners, managers and employees in ACT and helped implement the method in a wide range of settings. 

Ray Owen - 'ACT for Long Term Health Conditions' (open to all)

Adjustment to Long Term Health Conditions: how Psychological Flexibility can help

This one day workshop will examine some of the difficulties of learning to live well in the presence of long term physical health problems and how greater psychological flexibility can build our ability to
- find meaning and purpose in the face of significant physical problems
- cope with the losses these conditions bring
- deal with difficult thoughts and feelings that naturally arise
- maintain a healthy 'sense of self' despite reduced abilities
- make important (but difficult) health-related behaviour changes

The day will be a mixture of didactic, experiential and skills-based training, focussing upon practical applications for working with this population. It does not require prior knowledge of Psychological Flexibility-based approaches (e.g. ACT).
Participants may well come into contact with difficult thoughts and feelings about their own physical health; please be aware of this in deciding whether to attend.

Dr Ray Owen is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Health Psychologist with over 20 years’ experience of working in Physical Health settings within the NHS. He has substantial experience of teaching and supervision in a wide range of contexts, both within the Health Service and on a freelance basis. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and an accredited facilitator in the national Advanced Communication Skills Programme for senior cancer practitioners. He is also an Association of Contextual Behavioural Science Peer Reviewed Trainer.
He has taught extensively on ACT in physical health contexts, and is the author of two successful self-help books published by Routledge – ‘Facing the Storm (2011)’ and ‘Living with the Enemy (2014)’, both of which were shortlisted for the BMA Popular Medicine Book of the Year Award. 

James Lemon 'Introduction to the ACT Matrix' (open to all) 

The ACT Matrix has revolutionised contextual, behavioural science and is a simplified, easy to use, approach to break from painful psychological traps and live more meaningful lives. This workshop will take you step by step though the Matrix and attendees will leave being able to begin using the ACT Matrix in a variety of settings and contexts. This workshop is open to everyone, regardless of experience in ACT, professional background or client group.

James Lemon is the Head of the Medical Paediatric Psychology Service in NHS Dumfries and Galloway. He has previously worked in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, Adult Services, Physical Health, Adolescent Inpatient Units and Forensic Services.

James has been using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) with children and young people who have long-term health conditions, and their families. This work has also extended beyond individuals and families to using ACT in multidisciplinary clinics, with teams and on hospital wards. He has been using the ACT Matrix with individuals, couples, families and teams for several years and has been running workshops since 2015.


Plenary speakers 

Louise McHugh
“Ruled by rules: Relational Frame Theory, Rule Following and the Self”

Louise McHugh is a world leading expert in contextual behavioural science. She has published over 90 papers in the area of behavioural science and her work has been funded by national and international funding bodies such as the Irish Research Council, the Health Research Board, FP7, the British Academy, the ESRC and the Leverhulme Trust. Louise has been a Fellow of the Association for Contextual Behavioural Science since 2014. She is a peer reviewed ACT Trainer and is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Contextual Behavioural Science.

Dr Ray Owen
"A Matter of Life and Death: Psychological Flexibility, Health & Mortality"

Dr Ray Owen is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Health Psychologist with over 25 years' experience of working in Physical Health settings within the NHS. He has substantial experience of teaching, consultancy and supervision in a wide range of contexts, both within the Health Service and on a freelance basis. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and an accredited facilitator in the national Advanced Communication Skills Programme for senior cancer practitioners. He is also an ACBS Peer Reviewed ACT Trainer. He currently co-chairs the ACT for Health international special interest group. He has taught extensively on ACT in physical health contexts, and is the author of two successful self-help books published by Routledge – ‘Facing the Storm (2011)’ and ‘Living with the Enemy (2014)’, both of which were shortlisted for the BMA Popular Medicine Book of the Year Award

Dr Steve Noone BCBA-D Senior Lecturer. Northumbria University
'What can the field of Intellectually Disability gain from CBS and what can CBS gain from the field of Intellectual Disability?"

Dr Steve Noone was a consultant clinical psychologist in the NHS for over 30 years, working with adults and children with intellectual disabilities and/or autism. For several years he worked at Bangor University and helped to develop the MSc in Applied Behaviour Analysis that was the first curriculum in the UK to be recognised by the Behaviour Analysis Certification Board. As part of that course he developed an ACT module with a special emphasis on understanding the emotional and cognitive responses of carers. He ran some of the first studies to evaluate an ACT based intervention with care staff. He has worked with self-advocacy organisations to deliver adapted Mindfulness Based courses for adults with intellectual disabilities. He has also run numerous training events on mindfulness-based interventions to better manage stress. He recently completed a participatory research project to help adult family carers to develop better resilience using ACT.