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ACT in the Workplace: Train-the-Trainer


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ACT in the Workplace: Train-the-Trainer

Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACT) in the Workplace: Train-the-Trainer Programme with Dr. Paul Flaxman and Ross McIntosh

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Course Dates

25th October 2017 – 2nd November 2017

Places Available

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Course Description

This course is designed for mental health and occupational health professionals who are interested in delivering acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)-based interventions to groups in workplace settings.


The 3-day course offers detailed instruction in the delivery of a brief ACT-based personal resilience programme that has been delivered to staff in a range of healthcare, charitable, educational, and government settings. The training protocol has developed from various ACT in the workplace research projects led by Dr. Paul Flaxman and funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the British Academy, and City and Hackney Mind. 


The train-the-trainer programme comprises 3 full days of training, co-facilitated by Paul and Ross. By the end of the three days, course attendees will be well-equipped to deliver ACT-based personal resilience training to groups of staff in workplace settings.


Evidence-base for ACT interventions in workplace settings

There is now a compelling body of research evidence supporting the benefits of offering ACT interventions to improve employees’ psychological health. Dr. Flaxman’s workplace evaluations of ACT have been published in world-leading applied psychological journals and presented at national and international conferences. In addition, other research groups based in the US, Sweden, and Australia have reported similar benefits for ACT interventions tailored for workplace settings.


For whom is this ACT train-the-trainer course designed?

This train-the-trainer course is particularly designed for psychologists, counsellors, therapists, and other mental health or occupational health professionals who are in a position to deliver workplace interventions designed to improve employees’ psychological well-being. We are particularly keen to attract professionals working for the NHS, in schools, local government, and other public sector organisations. 


Ideally, applicants for this course will be able to demonstrate the following qualifications and experience:


  • An understanding of the basic processes and principles of ACT and mindfulness-based interventions
  • Formal training as a mental health professional (e.g., clinical, counselling, occupational, or educational psychologist, counselling/ psychotherapy, CBT therapist)
  • Some previous experience of delivering well-being or mental health interventions in workplace settings


If you are unsure whether this course is suitable for you, please email any questions to ACT@city.ac.uk




How the train-the-trainer programme is delivered

We employ a highly participative and experiential approach during the training. Over the three days, you will have opportunities to experience segments of the latest ACT workplace protocol, to participate in discussions around core techniques, and gain insight into the facilitator stance.  


Day One (Wednesday 25th October 2017; 9.30am to 4.30pm):    

  • An experiential walk through session 1 of a 4-session ACT-based resilience training programme
  • Reflection and discussion of how to position ACT-based interventions in different organisational contexts
  • Information and support for marketing this type of workplace programme


Day Two (Thursday 26th October 2017; 9.30am to 4.30pm):

  • An experiential walk through core elements of sessions 2, 3, and 4 of the 4-session ACT programme


Day Three (Thursday 2nd November 2017; 9.30am to 4.30pm):

  • An experiential walk through the remaining segments of the training
  • Review of structure and skill progression across the training protocol
  • An opportunity for course attendees to deliver a section of ACT-based training to the group and receive feedback


Attendance at this train-the-trainer course includes a detailed trainers’ manual and a set of personal values cards. CPD certificates are available upon request


About the trainers


Dr. Paul Flaxman

Paul is a Reader in organisational psychology at City, University of London. Since 2001, Paul has taken a prominent role in developing and evaluating ACT for staff in healthcare settings, local and central government organisations, and most recently for improving school teachers’ well-being. His latest ACT-based training protocol has been adopted by staff support practitioners across the UK, and also in Canada, the US, Australia, and Uganda. Paul’s ACT research has been published in leading applied psychology journals including Behaviour Research and TherapyJournal of Occupational Health Psychology, and Behavior Therapy.


Ross McIntosh

Ross is an organisational and coaching psychologist. As a practitioner, he uses ACT in all areas of his portfolio career. In his research role at City, University of London, he leads on the delivery of ACT Personal Resilience Training for teachers as part of research funded by the British Academy. He also delivers ACT-based training to staff in the NHS, Civil Service and private sector. He co-founded the start-up, ACT3 Psychology, dedicated to cultivating psychological flexibility in individuals and organisations. They are currently designing interventions for three ballet companies to introduce dancers to ACT-based behavioural science. Prior to his portfolio career, Ross spent over 20 years in Senior HR roles in Government.



City, University of London (closest tube stations are Farringdon or Angel).



Training day 1: Wednesday 25th October  2017

Training day 2: Thursday 26th October  2017

Training day 3: Thursday 2nd November  2017


Cost of course: