David Gillanders' Training Page

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Hi, I hope you've enjoyed training with me or maybe you have just found these training goodies! Hope you enjoy these materials and find them useful, they are given away, not for profit, so don't go making a profit from them! You don't need permission to use or copy any of these materials.

If you want to contact me to arrange a training, or ask about any training materials you can email me via the University of Edinburgh website here.

Here is some description of the content of this page:

NEW!!!! My team and I at the University of Edinburgh have created some training videos of therapy sessions with simulated clients. These are password protected so to see them you will need to download this document


Powerpoints for various workshops and trainings I deliver:

Empirical Status (updated June 2015)

Introduction to ACT Powerpoint

A presentation on ACT & Behaviour Analysis

Metaphors I have created - The sailing boat metaphor, the rope bridge metaphor, the bicycle factory, walking the path, taking your armour off.

Therapist behaviour tracking grids - These are inspired by the work of Henry Whitfield of Mindfulness Ltd. who has done a more detailed version for tracking the level of organisation and purpose of therapy behaviours. I have simplified this down to simply helping people track the function of their behaviour or when observing others, and even provided a further simplification.

A developmentally sequenced introductory reading list (updated March 2015)

A picture of the two sides of the hexagon

A brief overview of ACT

Workability diary - I use this early on in treatment after having the client discriminate how they are standing towards their probelm using physical gestures of fighting, hiding, or willing and then have them keep an activity diary for a week that also serves to have them discriminate if these activities are fighting, hiding or willing and to rate how much they feel they are really living their life in each moment, theres also a space to write notes on what things hook you in or help you be willing. I've also done a version 2.0 that changes 'fighting' to 'figure it out' which may fit some clients strategies better. 

Selected ACT readings - just stories, poems and quotes that inspire me and are ACT relevant

ACT audio exercises: These are 6 recordings of exercises, targeting each of the main ACT processes. Before listening or downloading you must read the guide and disclaimer document.

I've attached a case formulation sheet that walks you through functional analysis / workability. The rating of dimensions of psychological flexibliity owes a debt to Kelly's approach in M42, and to David Chantry's ACTADVISOR

This case formualtion sheet has been simplified and revised a number of times, this is the latest version I use, based on feedback from participants. Its version 2.2.

Mark Turner of Guy's Hospital, London has adapted the formulation template for working with people who have visible difference concerns

I also have completed a version as an example of the client John, who appears itn the videos that are mentioned in the document above.

These are the slides that Helen Bolderston and I used for our Seattle preconference workshop: 'Learning ACT from the Inside Out'

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