Remembering, surrendering – and kindest part, the coolest dream of all my heart.
People can feel stuck for a number of reasons. The FACT model is a therapy where clients focus on accepting the feelings for what they are, committing to making a change they can realistically make and that will enable them to move on and passed this feeling of being 'stuck', to living a more thriving life again.
FACT is a model of brief therapy that is a highly condensed version of a well-established longer-term treatment called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (Strosahl et al 2012) and can work well for people wanting to get 'unstuck'.
FACT uses acceptance and mindfulness strategies to help people transform their relationship with unwanted, distressing experiences, such as disturbing thoughts, unpleasant emotions, painful memories, or uncomfortable physical symptoms and the impact these experiences have on their current life.
FACT does not attempt to change the content of such private events; indeed it is efforts to change, suppress, eliminate, or control these events that FACT views as problematic-the attempts to make those changes becomes the problem in terms of anxiety and low mood.
When people become preoccupied with managing these uncomfortable experiences they cannot attend to the immediate needs of their life situation. In effect they can become rigid, ineffective problem solvers.
FACT teaches clients to instead simply observe and accept them to see emotions as just emotions, memories as just memories, thoughts as just thoughts, and sensations as just sensations. This has proven to be a successful pathway for people to be able to move on, and take up an active part in their own life again.
FACT is a model worth considering for clients with anxiety and depression disorders and those clients who struggle with negative thinking and who are prone to ruminating on their difficulties might also be excellent candidates for FACT.
Big Results from Brief Consultations: This version of FACT has been developed primarily for use in primary care settings, however it can be used in any high volume, time limited consultation settings.
Learning Outcomes - What it provides for clients
This program is based on the principle of accepting what is out of one's personal control while committing to action to enrich their life and make it more meaningful. It aims for individuals to learn to handle painful thoughts and feelings in such a way to have less impact and influence (mindfulness skills), and to clarify what is truly important and meaningful (clarify values). It teaches participants to use this knowledge to guide, inspire and motivate themselves to set goals and take action that enriches their life.
Who Should Attend:
This 6 hour workshop is suitable for counsellors, social workers, nurses, clinical psychologists, GP's, case workers, clinicians, and others focused on helping their clients address issues like anxiety, depression, stress and get on with life.
Dr. Bruce Arroll
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 in South Auckland. He does regular general practice at that clinic and also does special consultations using Focused Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (FACT) for people who are feeling stuck in their lives by stress, pain or low energy. He does this work with his own patients and those referred from his clinic colleagues as well as for people outside of the clinic.