Wise Choices: Acceptance & Commitment for people with ‘hard life syndrome’

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Wise Choices: Acceptance & Commitment for people with ‘hard life syndrome’

15 August 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm


Free Workshop: 6.30-9.00pm Living Room, 7-9 Hosier Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000

MHPN – Melb. CBD Drug & Alcohol Peer Support Network Meeting. Light Refreshments Provided.

This workshop is based on Wise Choices, an adaptation of Acceptance and Commitment
Therapy, developed by Spectrum personality disorder service, which was also successfully
piloted at Turning Point. Jane will discuss how to use acceptance, mindfulness and values-based
action approaches with a wide range of clients, including those with severe emotional
and interpersonal difficulties. It is suitable for clinicians who are new to Acceptance and
Commitment Therapy as well as those with previous training or experience with ACT. Topics
covered will include:

  • How to identify heart-felt life directions which can energise treatment
  • Simple mindfulness and acceptance techniques for dealing with difficult thoughts and
  • Exercises to help clients notice choice points and make wiser choices
  • How understanding the functions and context of drug and alcohol use, self-harm and
    other self-damaging choices can guide treatment

Speaker: Jane Morton

Jane is a clinical psychologist with over thirty years’ experience in treating clients with severe
interpersonal and emotional difficulties in public sector settings. She was the lead author of the
consultants’ report that led to the establishment of Spectrum – the personality disorder service
for Victoria, and lead author of a report which formed the basis of Take-Two, a therapeutic
service for children and young people in out of home care. She was training manager at
Spectrum for over ten years and led trials of the Wise Choices treatment approach at Spectrum
and Turning Point.