Wednesday, Oct. 26
14:00 – 17:00 (3 hrs)
Meeting Room: Cedar (Mezzanine)
Kenneth Fung*, MD, FRCPC, MSc, FAPA, DFCPA; Mateusz Zurowski, MD, FRCPC, MSc
- Medical Expert
- Health Advocate
At the end of this session, participants will be able to: 1) Describe the underlying philosophy and theory of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT); 2) Identify the six core processes of ACT; and 3) Apply ACT processes using metaphors and experiential exercises relevant to their own practice, including pandemic-related stress and recovery.
Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is an empirically supported and mindfulness-based intervention. Based on functional contextualism and relational frame theory, it aims to increase an individual’s psychological flexibility through enhancing six processes: cognitive defusion, relating to thoughts as thoughts; acceptance, willingness to experience thoughts and feelings; contact with present moment, being in touch with ‘here and now’ and not being trapped by the past or imagined future; self-as-context, being in touch with a transcendent sense of self or an observer self that is not fused with labels and narratives; values, being in touch with what matters in life; and committed action, being consistent and persistent in behaviours in the service of values. ACT offers a transdiagnostic process-based approach to psychological intervention. In this course, participants will learn about the philosophy and theory underlying ACT. Through experiential exercises, participants will learn the fundamentals of the six core ACT processes and develop an approach to applying them in various contexts relevant to their practice. As the COVID pandemic has had a varying but substantial impact on our mental health and well-being, discussions will include the application of ACT to facilitate pandemic-related stress and recovery, which may be applicable to both health care providers and the general population.
- Fung K, Liu JJ, Vahabi M, et al. Protocol for the development and rapid-response deployment of Pandemic Acceptance and Commitment to Empowerment Response (PACER) training. JMIR Res Protoc 2021;10:e33495.
- Fung KPL, Wong JPH, Steel L, et al. Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACT) for family caregivers of people with developmental disabilities [CAMH website]. Toronto (ON): CAMH; 2021.