Another guest - I'm on a roll. This time I welcome Dr Paul Flaxman to People Soup. We talk about the upcoming ACBS Conference in Montreal and give a glimpse of the research we'll be presenting about ACT Training in the Workplace. At the conference we're also planning to share the development of our ACT in the Workplace protocol.
Dr Evadne Hinge and Dame Hilda Bracket
Blurb about our Symposium
115. ACT in the workplace: Understanding how
ACT interventions improve employees'
Location: Rue Sainte-Catherine
Chair: Paul Flaxman, Ph.D., City, University of London
Discussant: Frank Bond, Goldsmiths, University of London
Presenter: Ross McIntosh, City, University of London
There is growing interest in the use of ACT
to help improve mental health in workplace
settings. Previous studies have shown that
ACT is effective in improving workplace
well-being, and the beneficial effects are
often mediated via increases on general
measures of psychological flexibility.
However few studies have offered more in depth
explorations of how ACT improves
employees’ functioning. This symposium
reports three intervention studies seeking
to address this issue.
The first paper is a
mixed methods study, evaluating the
effects of a 4-session ACT training
programme on teachers’ mental health; 34
of these participants were interviewed to
understand how ACT-based processes are
manifesting in employees’ daily life.
School teachers’ experiences of a workplace ACT intervention - mixed methods study.
Dr. Paul Flaxman, City, University of London; Ross McIntosh, City, University of London; Shannon Horan, City, University of London; Jeff Salter, Mind the Gap Transformations; Dr. Julia Yates, City, University of London.
second study explored various potential
processes of change, including increases in
positive affect, behavioural activation and
cognitive defusion. The findings indicate
the defusion is an influential process of
change in these brief interventions.
ACT in the workplace: Exploration of multiple processes of change. Dr. Paul Flaxman, City, University of London Dr. Nigel Guenole, Goldsmiths, University of London; Dr. Joda Llloyd, Goldsmiths, University of London; Professor Frank Bond, Goldsmiths, University of London.
study 3 directly compares ACT and
mindfulness training in a workplace setting.
The results suggest that ACT and
mindfulness training improve employees’
mental health via similar processes of
A randomized controlled comparison of worksite applications of ACT and mindfulness training: Investigating attentional and attitudinal mediators of change. Paul Flaxman, City, University of London; Dr. Vasiliki Christodoulou, Cyprus Mental Health Services; Dr. Joe Oliver, Contextual Consulting, UK; Dr. Eric Morris, La Trobe University; Dr. Nigel Guenole, Goldsmiths, University of London.
1. Describe how ACT processes manifest in
employees’ daily lives.
2. Assess ACT’s processes of change when
delivered in workplace settings.
3. Explain how ACT compares to a similar-length
mindfulness training program in a workplace
My pre-conference workshop
Using metaphor in training psychological flexibility –
Niklas Törneke, M.D., Carmen Luciano, Ph.D., Kelly Koerner, Ph.D.
The workshop we are particularly interested in
140. ACT in Groups
Components: Experiential exercises, Didactic
Categories: Clinical Interventions and Interests,
Target Audience: Interm., Adv.
Location: Av. Laurier / Av. Viger
M. Joann Wright, Linden Oaks Medical Group
Darrah Westrup, Private Practice
Article from Nursing Times - click here
Authors: Teresa Jennings is consultant clinical psychologist at Northumbria Healthcare Foundation Trust; Paul E Flaxman is reader in organisational psychology at City, University of London; Kath Egdell is staff counsellor, Simon Pestell is clinical psychologist; Elaine Whipday is counselling psychologist; and Alison Herbert is CBT therapist, all at Northumbria Healthcare Foundation Trust.