Avoiding the fatal Second Arrow: Acceptance

1 module


Dr William Davies



In this module from the APT, we'll be talking about how to neutralise the extremely destructive 'second arrow,' through a principle of mindfulness: acceptance. The 'second arrow' refers to the spiral that so often occurs when for instance a person becomes depressed and then becomes frustrated that they are depressed, which makes them more distressed, which makes them more depressed and frustrated, and so on downwards. An exactly parallel effect occurs with anxiety, irritability, psychotic conditions and more.

This module is part of the exciting Higher Order Therapy series of one hour modules. Each consists of an audio lasting 15-30 minutes, plus an exercise and resources for you to you use and practice with afterwards. The series is so named because it features all the 'higher order' factors that make therapy successful. If you examine the leading therapies they overlap to a fascinating degree, so by studying all the overlapping elements and then 'picking off' the elements that are unique to each particular therapy you achieve an extraordinary power and breadth in your ability to help others. And this is what the Higher Order Therapy series enables you to do. 

If you are an experienced therapist looking at the Higher Order Therapy modules you will quickly be able to see the ones you are proficient at and the ones you maybe need to brush up on, and that's exactly what you can do here. 

Every module in the Higher Order Therapy series is designed to be accessible, relevant and engaging, so encouraging both novice and expert therapists alike to develop exactly those elements they want to.

Finally, don't be misled by the price; you may feel that the low price suggests these are not serious modules whereas in fact they very much are. The APT's purpose is to make the best, most relevant and engaging training accessible to as many mental health professionals as possible.


To understand what the second arrow is, and how destructive it can be.

To understand how to neutralise the second arrow effect.

To be able to achieve the above in clinical practice.


By completing/passing this course, you will attain the certificate 1 hour CPD

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Added 25 days ago, by Kathryn
understanding the double arrow concept was interesting
Added 4 months ago, by Gary
Added 4 months ago, by Anonymous
Brief introduction to Acceptance and why it matters. Would be helpful if the course also included sources or recommandations for further reading
Added 8 months ago, by Anonymous
great! The reference to the Buddhist story of the Second Arrow is not so clear. Unless the reader / listener knows the story, the metaphor of the 2nd arrow might be difficult to understand
Added 9 months ago, by Anonymous
Added 9 months ago, by Anonymous
I found the talk very useful but would have preferred some visuals to follow along with it as I find this a useful way to retain the information given.
Added 11 months ago, by Anonymous
Nice introduction to the concept of Acceptance. I would have liked the audio to have lasted longer. The 1 hour course is actually 15 minutes, with the 45 minutes left to the learner to practice mindfulness exercises from a written document which is described in the audio. I would have appreciated being informed about this before purchasing.
Added 12 months ago, by Anonymous
Really interesting
Added about 1 year ago, by Maggie
Added about 1 year ago, by Anonymous
Great course

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