Focused Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (FACT)

WEBINAR: FACT online workshop with Bruce Arroll

Date: Friday 18 March 2022
Time: 9am - 3.00pm

Who is this for:

Clinicians working in primary care with an interest in psychosocial issues. This will be of interest to GPs, nurses, nurse practitioners, health and clinical psychologists, social workers, counsellors and students.


Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is one of the third wave psychotherapies that has an extensive 40-year research history. It uses mindfulness, acceptance, values and committed action to move patients from being “stuck” to being psychologically flexible.

FACT is the version modified to enable initial consultations and follow-up consultations to be done in a primary care timeframe.

This workshop will include some didactic sessions and some practical sessions. It will show how FACT can be used to improve the HbA1c of patients with diabetes in single sessions.

FACT can be used with mental health issues and physical issues such as diabetes, chronic pain and fatigue.

Morning session, 9 am –12.00 pm

This session will include an introductory talk, interviewing exercises for a first visit, including videos of changing behaviour in patients with diabetes and chronic pain.

Afternoon session, 1.00pm – 3.00pm

This session will focus on developing the consultation and include follow up visits and some videos/audios of consultations.

It will include some discussion of mood issues and fatigue.


Questions are welcome during the day, and Bruce will endeavour to get through as many as possible during the time available.

This webinar will be recorded, so don't worry if you miss it on the day, we will send you a link to the recorded session.


Registration and payment is via the University of Auckland Eventbrite page.

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 Bruce Arroll
General Practitioner

Bruce is a Professor of General Practice and Primary Health Care at the University of Auckland New Zealand and a practising GP at Greenstone Family Clinic in Manurewa, South Auckland. He does regular general practice at that clinic and also does special consultations using Focused Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for people who are feeling stuck in their lives by stress, pain or low energy. He does this work with his own patients, those referred from his clinic colleagues, as well as for people outside of the clinic.

This presentation is intended for qualified health practitioners professional development and should not be relied upon for any other purpose. Any opinions offered are those of the presenter or other speaker and do not necessarily represent the views of Goodfellow Unit.

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