Focussed acceptance & commitment therapy

Estimated Duration: 
1.5 hours

This online learning  is for clinicians with an interest in mental and or physical health where therapy can be brief, time-limited and available to all who may need it. Thus it will appeal to primary care doctors, nurses, psychologists, counsellors, health coaches and health care assistants. 

Focussed acceptance and commitment therapy (FACT) is a new model of brief therapy that is a highly condensed version of a well-established longer-term treatment called acceptance and commitment therapy. This is a 3rd wave cognitive behavioural therapy that also uses a mindfulness component as wella s considering patients' vlaues. 

For those who have done face-to-face sessions on FACT with Dr Bruce Arroll, this online course is also known as Introduction 1a in face to face courses.

This 5-minute video by Dr Bruce Arroll introduces the background and rationale for FACT.


Following the course you will find a short quiz designed to help consolidate your learning. When you complete the quiz please hit the 'submit' button to receive your certificate. This course provides 1.5 MOPs points/1.5hrs of CPD.


This content has been developed in 2017 by Professor Bruce Arroll  MBChB, PhD, FRNZCGP, practicing GP, Elaine Gurr Chair of General Practice and Primary Health Care, Director of the Goodfellow Unit, Department of General Practice and Primary Health Care  University of Auckland. The course was created with the support of the Australia and New Zealand Association of Contextual Behavioural Science (ANZACBS). It was reviewed in 2019.

The material is presented by the Goodfellow Unit (GFU), an accredited continuing medical education/ continuing professional development (CME/CPD) provider for the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners, which functions under a tripartite agreement between the Goodfellow Foundation, the College and the University of Auckland. The Unit is located within the Department of General Practice and Primary Health Care, and within the School of Population Health, one of the five Schools within the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences.


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