Founded in 1982, the North West Regional Psychotherapy Association is an independent association of psychotherapists, counsellors and psychoanalysts of different backgrounds, training and clinical strengths.
We are a not-for-profit association run by volunteers who organise talks, seminars and workshops on Zoom for the second Monday of the month.
Events are free to members and £7.50 to non-members. You can become a member of the NWRPA for as little as £30 a year. New members are welcome. Join at any time of year and your membership lasts for 12 months.
Acceptance & Commitment therapy (ACT) and Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) with long-term health conditions
Monday, March 11, 2024, 7pm GMT
Within respiratory patients there can often be complex elements at play regarding their psychological wellbeing which can be a contributor to how well a respiratory condition is managed (or not, in some cases) by a patient. ACT and CFT Arguably have much to offer in psychological formulation and interventions with this patient group.
(ACT) is an empirically based psychological intervention that encourages acceptance of “what is,” employing mindfulness strategies, together with strategies to develop commitment and modify behaviour, to increase psychological flexibility. ACT also illuminates for patients the ways in which language may entangle them into futile attempts to battle against themselves and engage in self blame. It is particularly effective when combined with elements of compassion focused therapy (CFT). Research evidence provides evidence of efficacy for chronic pain and depression (Tamannaeifar et al., 2014).
This talk will provide an understanding of how ACT and CFT can be applied to the psychological assessment, formulation, and intervention with patients managing a long-term health conditions, using examples when working with patients living with respiratory illness.
Alec is a current Trainee Health Psychologist at Liverpool John Moores University and works with patients with various respiratory conditions and psychological needs at Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital. Professional interests include palliative and end of life care, particularly in relation to respiratory illness, as well as health inequalities.