ACT Essentials (Refresher)

18 modules


Dr William Davies



**This refresher course is only available to those that have completed ACT Essentials' and are wanting to refresh their knowledge and renew their APT Accreditation.**

ACT moves away from focusing too closely on ‘symptom reduction’ towards teaching how to live in a stable and rewarding way. So it teaches how to get in touch with your values, how to act in accordance with them, how to be aware of ‘the you that is always there’, how to see your passing thoughts and feelings for just that, how to accept thoughts and feelings you don’t like without over-struggling with them, and so how to live mainly in the present.

The APT has mastered the delivery of ACT training 'online anytime'; providing top class training you can access right now or any time that suits you. No longer do you have to wait for 'the start date' of the course.

"I really enjoyed the course and feel that I have learnt a lot and feel enthusiastic about using my newly acquired skills within my practice."

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) training from the Association for Psychological Therapies (APT), includes APT accreditation, certification, and resources. And the APT has perfected the art of delivering it in a way that makes it appear simple and easy to apply.

"Great training, really interesting and well structured."

With a wealth of clinical experience, Dr William Davies presents the course with relevant stories and examples of using ACT and an engaging lightness which perfectly complements the radical nature of the therapy.


"I am delighted by this course. Dr Davies and his dry wit have been wonderful companions. Will buy and undertake others."

This course gives you a thorough introduction to ACT, it is APT-accredited, and gives you access to important resources for you to use post-course. Whether you simply want to broaden your knowledge or become a committed ACT practitioner, this course is for you. The course can be studied by teams or individuals and can also be completed as part of The APT Diploma in Psychological Therapies.

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The ACT Essentials course covers a great deal:

  • The differences between ACT and traditional cognitive behavioural therapy. Noticing, accepting and embracing thoughts and feelings, including unwanted ones, and taking action on them.
  • Getting in touch with "self-as-context" - the part of you that observes and experiences but is different from the part of you that has feelings, sensations, and memories.
  • Clarifying personal values and acting in accordance with them, thereby enhancing the quality of one's life.


  • The idea that the normal human state is one of distress, rather than distress being pathological.
  • Experiential avoidance, cognitive entanglement, and psychological rigidity, all of which may prevent one from acting in line with one's real values.
  • The FEAR acronym as a summary of what causes us problems:
    Fusion with your thoughts
    Evaluation of experience
    Avoidance of your experience
    Reason-giving for your behaviour
  • And the ACT acronym that summarises a more adaptive way of behaving:
    Accept your reactions and be 'present'
    Choose a valued direction
    Take action
  • Cognitive defusion: Learning how to overcome the natural tendency to regard our thoughts, images, emotions, and memories as sacred.
  • Acceptance: Accepting our thoughts and allowing them to come and go without fighting them.
  • Awareness of the here and now, experienced with openness, interest, and receptiveness.
  • Observing the self: Accessing a transcendent sense of self, the ever-present part of you that observes and experiences.
  • Values: Finding out what is most important to you and having clarity on it.
  • Committed action: Acting responsibly in line with your values.


By completing/passing this course, you will attain the certificate APT Accreditation, Level 2 (18 hours CPD)

Learning Credits

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An Overview of ACT
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The ACT Hexaflex
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Case Formulation
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Aims of Session 1
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Contact with the Present Moment
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How to run session 2 onwards
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Creative Hopelessness
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Identifying and consolidating our values
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Self as context
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Practice Based Evidence
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Committed Action
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Who is ACT Suitable For?
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Applying ACT Reliably
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Added 3 months ago, by Anonymous
I enjoyed the course, the content/material and re-learning a lot of material that I had not realised that I had forgotten.
Added 4 months ago, by Danielle
Very informative and easy to follow
Added 4 months ago, by Emma
Excellent ! A brilliant refresher , the online tutor excellent
Added 5 months ago, by Kathryn
Thoroughly loved the course and feel like I have learnt so much. Thank you.
Added 12 months ago, by Anonymous
Thank you, it's been a very useful refresher and very clearly delivered. It will really help me consolidate ACT within my coaching role
Added about 1 year ago, by Anonymous
Very clearly presented and user friendly. A good way of revisited previous training.
Added over 3 years ago, by Suzanne
Well paced, covered the key ACT concepts and their application in practice and more besides. Useful written exercises. For me the course also complimented the Russ Harris book ACT Made Simple. Thank you
Added over 3 years ago, by Anonymous
Informative course
Added over 3 years ago, by Elizabeth
really informative and applicable to my work
Added over 3 years ago, by Anonymous
A really valuable and informative introduction to ACT. Love it!

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