Working with Acceptance, Mindfulness, and Values in Chronic Pain

ACT with Dr Kevin Vowles

Price 20.00
Start Date 1 24 May 2023
Start Date 2 31 May 2023
Start Date 3 7 Jun 2023
Start Date 4 14 Jun 2023
Time 05:30pm - 08:30pm
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This is a interdisciplinary course being run by the ISCP funded by the HSE. HSE funded staff are first priority. 

Course details

Unlike many other methods, ACT makes no effort to change negative thoughts and painful emotions. Instead, ACT encourages clients to stay in the present moment and reforge their relationship to painful experiences through mindfulness, acceptance skills, and values-based actions.

In this 4-session, live online course designed for medical professionals you’ll learn how you can incorporate this approach into your work and open up new possibilities for growth with your clients suffering from chronic pain.

Dr. Kevin Vowles will guide you through an overview of the history of pain treatment and the theoretical underpinnings ACT.

Dates and times


5.30 – 8.30pm

24th May

31st May

7th June

14th June

Learning Outcomes

Participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) theoretical model with regard to at least 3 treatment targets
  2. Model at least one clinical skill designed to augment acceptance, mindfulness, and clarity in valued actions
  3. Identify at least three values-based actions for use in chronic pain settings Articulate the relation between the theoretical principles of ACT, their assessment in treatment, and their utility in deriving a shared treatment plan with treatment recipients
  4. Prioritise the components of an ACT for Chronic Pain case conceptualization Describe the state of the current empirical literature in relation to content, outcomes, and processes of the ACT model
  5. Identify how ACT processes are relevant to the treatment of chronic pain
  6. List treatment goals relevant to the beginning, middle, and end stages of ACT with chronic pain

About the trainer 

Over the course of his career, Kevin has worked almost exclusively in the area of chronic pain. He has been a key figure in the development and adaptation of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for this complex condition. His work is cited by the American Psychological Association’s Division of Clinical Psychology in their listing of ACT for chronic pain as an intervention with strong research support: the highest possible grading. His work is also cited by the UK’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) in their recommendation of ACT for the treatment of chronic pain. Kevin’s recent work has expanded to include issues of substance use in chronic pain, including opioids, benzodiazepines, and alcohol. In 2020, he co-chaired a pan-European task force which provided a comprehensive set of clinical practice recommendations regarding opioid use for chronic non-cancer pain.


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