CBT Extension III

Acceptance & Mindfulness in CBT

Mindfulness-based therapies and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), have been found to be useful in the treatment of clinical problems such as depression and anxiety.  Initially these styles of therapy had been proposed to be vastly different from CBT, often placed as ‘opponents’ of CBT.  More recently the similarities and overlap these therapies share with CBT has been well recognised. This practical and experiential training provides participants with ways to incorporate mindfulness and acceptance strategies within their routine CBT practice, in a manner that is theoretically coherent, by emphasising the prominent role of metacognition in maintaining clinical problems.  Specifically, this training will provide participants with:

  • Ways to expand a standard CBT formulation to include metacognition, hence providing the rationale for using mindfulness and acceptance strategies in treatment;
  • Practice in expanding CBT thought record work, to emphasis acceptance-based disputation rather than just an evidence testing approach;
  • Various methods for facilitating cognitive detachment (i.e., mindfulness based attention retraining, postponement, detached mindfulness techniques, thought defusion strategies, and individualised detachment metaphors);
  • Ways of helping clients to cultivate an attitude of acceptance or tolerance towards uncomfortable experiences; and
  • Ensuring values are explicitly elicited and linked to behaviour change methods used in CBT.


Copies of slides plus client worksheets and psychoeducational materials are provided as part of this training.

This training meets AHPRA continuing professional development guidelines and can be presented as an introductory 1-day training (representing 6 CPD hours), or a more comprehensive 2-day training (representing 12 CPD hours).


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