The Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Special Interest Branch of the BABCP

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The Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Special Interest Branch of the BABCP

This Special Interest Branch of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) focuses on promoting the practice of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in the United Kingdom, as well as supporting research and training in contextual behavioural science.

Aims of the ACT Special Interest Branch

  • To provide a forum where ACT can be discussed and explored openly and freely
  • To make available training in ACT and training relevant to ACT
  • To support and encourage research into ACT
  • To develop links with other Contextual Therapies
  • To participate in conferences

Establishment of the ACT Special Interest Branch

In March 2006 the original proposal for the SIB was put to the BABCP Board by Mark Webster. This was agreed in May 2006 and a consultation meeting for BABCP members was held at the Warwick BABCP conference (that was also attended by Steve Hayes). Another meeting was held at the WorldCon2 in London to gather support for the establishment of the SIB.

This lead to a first General Meeting in October 2006 at which officers were elected and where it was agreed to develop training and research interests during the 2006 – 2007 period.

Committee for 2008-2009

The nomination and election process was conducted in May 2008 for the ACT SIB Committee. Committee members hold office for 2 years, with each Chair serving a 1 year active term. Members from the Branch may be co-opted to serve on sub-committees or for particular projects.

Eric Morris, Chair

Martin Brock, Treasurer

Joe Oliver, Secretary

Mark Webster, Past Chair

David Gillanders, Chair Research Sub-Committee

Janet Wingrove, Ordinary Member

Nic Wilkinson, Ordinary Member

Sue Hart, Ordinary Member

Frank Bond, Ordinary Member

Robert Mellors, Ordinary Member

Lorna Vincent, Ordinary Member

Joe Curran, Ordinary Member

Martin Wilks, Ordinary Member

Fiona Kennedy, Ordinary Member and responsible for Branch Liaison

How to join the ACT Special Interest Branch:
Membership is open to BABCP members. Please email either the Chair or the Secretary to join ( or

Training Events 2009-2010

The ACT SIG organises regular training events in the UK - the details of the next set of training events are coming soon!

Teaching Resources
Are you interested in teaching about ACT or already engaged in this activity? The Committee would like to compile a set of resources for teaching ACT, encourage trainers to share ideas, and generally support the dissemination of ACT on training courses in the UK. Please feel free to email the Committee about these issues.

BABCP Accreditation Details

The guidance from the BABCP is that ACT can be recognised in the same way as any other form of CBT for accreditation purposes.

ACT Research in the United Kingdom

The development of ACT in the UK is going to involve supporting research activity about contextual, third-wave approaches to CBT. The Committee thinks that the ACT SIB should be about providing a forum for researchers to meet, share ideas and collaborate on projects relevant to this aim. If you are researching ACT then please get in touch with the Committee as we want to organise events and meetings that will support this research.

An example of a research activity supported by the SIG was the symposium of UK ACT research at the 2008 BABCP National Conference in Edinburgh, details are here.

Some useful links for UK ACT Therapists and Researchers

You are reading this page on the website, if you have found this link from an outside source then check out the content on this site (it is the premier source of information about ACT, RFT and contextual behavioural science).

The BABCP webpage for the ACT Special Interest Branch is (available here).

Join the UKACT listserv – This is an electronic forum to discuss ACT issues in the UK context, make links with other therapists and researchers, and a way we can develop the UK ACT community.

Check out "Functionally Speaking - A Third Wave Behavior Therapy Podcast" by DJ Moran. The first installment has interviews with Kevin Polk and Steve Hayes.

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