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5th March




An experiential workshop for practitioners with an interest in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

This workshop will help you to:

Move away from a mechanistic approach to therapy• Understand the “FIX IT” (control) agenda• Identify the “stuck” or psychological processes and the functions of the “FIX ITS”• Develop a formulation matrix to identify “NOT WANTS” and “FIX ITS”, develop a “Towards” direction and identify “Towards” behaviours• Focus interventions on excavating psychological skills to create workable and sustainable behaviour change through “Towards” behaviours.

The workshop will be a mixture of didactic teaching and small groups focused on skills development. We would ask that you are willing to bring some of your own “stuff” to work with, because it’s only when we are willing to do the work ourselves that we are truly able to work with our clients in an ACT-consistent way.

Workshop Facilitators:

We are a group of ACT practitioners who have been working and meeting together in a peer-supervision group for about 10 years. We come from a variety of backgrounds; counsellors, clinical psychologists, psychotherapists, counselling psychologists, all with training in different therapeutic modalities. We have been steeped in the ACT – Matrix; and for many years had as our mentor Mark Webster, one of the creators of the Matrix. We share a passion for functional-contextual psychotherapy and have indeed “done the work” on ourselves, and continue to do so. We don’t claim to be experts, rather, we are experienced in making mistakes and improving from them. Our shared purpose is to work with people to help them live their best lives, whatever life throws at them.

Philippa Beckwith, Beverly Coghlan, Shirley Croft, Lucy Dorey, Lydia King, Barbara Guthrie, Meriel Marshall, Laura Merrett.

Cost: £100

Refreshments, a light lunch and parking are all included.

To book tickets click here.



“More than half of primary school teachers say they do not feel adequately trained in supporting pupils with mental health problems, research suggests”. Sept 2017

Many teachers who responded to the YouGov survey said they were  ill-equipped to meet the needs of the children in their care.

Mental health first responder training is a 6 hour course delivered in one day or two half days that is  SUITABLE FOR TEACHERS, SCHOOL NURSES/COUNSELLORS and SCHOOL OFFICE STAFF.

In this course participants will learn:

  • about an evidence based framework for conceptualising mental health difficulties in children and young people
  • how to spot children and young people who are struggling
  • how to best help in  “crisis” situations
  • how to best help in ongoing situations
  • where to refer children and young people for further help.

Up to eight participants will learn together through experiential practice and didactic teaching. Ongoing supervision and follow up can also be provided.

Please contact me for further information on 07483 438861.


“Superyacht crew are struggling with stress and mental health issues, according to Yachting Pages Media Group, which commissioned a survey of superyacht crew and industry experts last summer (2017).

Out of the crew surveyed, 72% had suffered from mental health problems or knew somebody else in the industry that had.  Out of this proportion, only 54% had talked about their issues, with 70% confirming that no support was put in place to help them cope when struggling with stress and general mental health on board.

An overwhelming 75% of crew said that the industry is not doing enough to tackle mental health problems and look after the overall wellbeing of crew”. 

ACT FIRST is a mental health first responder course for skippers and crew, designed to provide the skills to:

  • assist individuals to look after their own mental health
  • identify crew who are struggling and prevent minor mental health issues becoming major ones
  • help in  “crisis” situations
  • help in ongoing situations
  • know when and where to refer crew for further help and support.

If you would like to discuss how this course may help you or your crew please contact Beverly on +44 7483 438861