Connect & Learn: Trauma Informed Acceptance & Commitment Therapy

7 Jul 2021

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, commonly known as ACT is a third wave cognitive behavioural therapy created by Steven C Hayes. The core message is accepting what is out of your personal control and commitment to taking action that moves you towards a life worth living.


The aim of ACT is to increase psychological flexibility, to be present to the moment, practicing mindful self-awareness and openness to our experience, to make room for discomfort or experiences we disown or avoid and know what is important to us so that we can take actions towards what we value. Through an exploration of the Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Framework and a trauma informed lens (TACT), the webinar will provide participants with the opportunity to:


  1. Learn the principles of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  2. Consider the implications for people with a history of trauma
  3. Learn how ACT can be applied to working with people seeking to change their substance use

About the presenter

jen thompsonJen has over 30 years’ experience of leadership in the Not for Profit sector and over 20 years in the ATOD (Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs) sector in both Outpatient and Residential Rehabilitation Services in Counselling, Management and Program Director roles. With a Master of Counselling and Human Services, and Gestalt Psychotherapy and Certification in Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention. Jen has focussed on building the therapeutic capacity of ATOD services to be better able to respond to underlying issues relating to substance use and has been an advocate for co-design, client voice and empowerment through peer-support and Peer AOD Worker roles in AOD Services.

Jen now works in Private Practice with a focus on Mentoring, Coaching and Supervision of Health Professionals, Managers and Leaders.