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26 September, 2023

GP Webinar Series | Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and its relevance to GP practice

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GPs and healthcare professionals are invited to attend a webinar on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) on 26 September.

This is St Patrick’s Mental Health Services’ (SPMHS) fourth instalment of the 2023 GP Webinar Series. During the webinar, Aisling Leonard-Curtin and Dr Trish Leonard-Curtin, Counselling Psychologists at SPMHS, ACT trainers, and co-authors of The Power of Small, will explore ACT and its relevance to general practice.

ACT is an evidence-based, third-wave psychological intervention that blends acceptance and mindfulness strategies with commitment and behaviour change techniques to increase psychological flexibility. With over 1,000 randomised controlled trials supporting its efficacy and effectiveness across a range of contexts, populations, and client presentations, including depression, anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), trauma and addictions, ACT aims to help us move toward what matters most while practising acceptance of what is outside our control.

Focused acceptance and commitment therapy (FACT), a brief form of ACT that has been integrated into GP-level care, will also be explored within this webinar.

Increasing GPs’ knowledge about ACT will help to inform GPs on how they could integrate some elements of FACT into their general practice. GPs will also learn about identifying when ACT might be helpful for service users and referral pathways will be shared.

The webinar will also help GPs to integrate ACT into their own lives, which has been shown to increase psychological wellbeing and decrease the probability of burnout.

The webinar will take place from 7.30pm to 8.30pm on 26 September. Registration can be completed here.
GPs can submit their questions in advance by emailing or during the webinar using the question and answer function on Zoom.

Continuous Professional Development (CPD) will be sought for this event. Points available will be confirmed closer to the time of the event.

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