The Mindful Couple:

“How Acceptance and Mindfulness Can Lead You to the Love You Want”

Applying  Acceptance  & Commitment Therapy  when Working With Couples & Relationships

 

Date: Wednesday November 16th 2011

Time: 09:30 am Registration – Workshop 10:00am – 5:30pm

Place: Swedenborg Society 20-21 Bloomsbury Way London WC1A 2TH

Further Information and registration at: www.flexiblelife.co.uk

 

 

 

Abstract:

 

Having a vital and healthy relationship is the goal of most couples. They want to enjoy each other, grow together and cultivate intimacy. However, couples can bump into problems in their relationship in a number of ways including losing the path of vitality through breakdowns in communication, connection and growth.

 

Couples can become disengaged, angry, bored, and lazy in their interactions and begin to struggle in their relationship with negative thoughts and feelings about themselves and their partners. Avoidance of emotional experience by both partners can lead to movement away from personal values and values related to the partnership.

 

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT, Hayes, Strosahl, & Wilson, 1999) is a behaviorally based psychotherapeutic intervention that is designed to target and reduce problematic avoidance of negative thoughts and emotion while also encouraging individuals to make life enhancing behavioral changes that are consistent with their personal values. The key goal of ACT is to create psychological and behavioral flexibility. Flexibility is about openness to experience and the richness of life.

 

The ACT approach to offers clear suggestions for how to better relationships and addresses relationship problems through use of acceptance and mindfulness, and values-based approaches to living. In addition, use of acceptance of self and other may be a helpful tool in preventing problems while also contributing to growth and understanding within the relationship.

 

The central focus of this workshop, then, will be to review the application of ACT and explore how the ACT approach can be applied to the relationship.

 

Speaker

 

Robyn D. Walser, Ph.D. is Director of TL Consultation Services and works at the National Center for PTSD. As a licensed psychologist, she maintains an international training, consulting and therapy practice.

 

 Dr. Walser is an expert in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and has co-authored 3 books on ACT including a book on learning ACT. She also has expertise in traumatic stress and substance abuse and has authored a number of articles, chapters and books on these topics. She has been doing ACT workshops since 1998; training in multiple formats and for multiple client problems.

 

Dr. Walser has been described as a “passionate, creative, and bold ACT trainer and therapist” and she is best known for her dynamic, warm and challenging ACT trainings. She is often referred to as a clinician’s clinician. Her workshops feature a combination of lecture and experiential exercises designed to provide a unique learning opportunity in this state-of-the-art intervention.

 

Dr. Walser has presented her research findings and papers at international and national conferences, universities and hospital settings; and she has been invited to international conferences to speak about ACT.

 

She is invested in developing innovative ways to translate science-into-practice and continues to do research and education on dissemination of ACT and other therapies. She has had a number of leadership roles in international and national organizations and she served as Member At Large and is currently President of the Association for Contextual and Behavioral Science, the main association that houses ACT.