Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) is an evidence-based psychological intervention that promotes mental wellness and psychological flexibility by helping people face their distress while engaged in the pursuit of valued actions. The workshop held on 1 December 2016 introduced underlying philosophy and theoretical foundation of ACT, including Functional Contextualism and Relational Frame Theory. Participants also experienced the six core processes of ACT – Acceptance, Cognitive Defusion, Contact with the Present, Self-as-context, Values, and Committed Action, by being engaged in highly experiential activities.
Dr Kenneth Fung, Staff Psychiatrist and Clinical Director of the Asian Initiative in Mental Health at Toronto Western Hospital, and Associate Professor at University of Toronto; Mr Rick Sin, Lecturer at the Schools of Social Work at Ryerson University and York University, and a Senior Research Associate in Toronto; and Dr Josephine Pui-Hing Wong, Associate Professor at the Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing at Ryerson University who are active mental health practitioners and researchers in Canada were invited to be Speakers. The workshop attracted over 40 mental health service practitioners from different social organizations in Hong Kong.