Recognizing Psychological Inflexibility and Building a More Open, Present and Engaged Approach to Life

Description: Stroll in the storm – Life exists. We own life. Wherever we are and whatever we do, there are always challenges and difficulties that sometimes seem stronger than us. But why is it that some people emerge from the rubble of the greatest disasters, while others are brought on their knees by seemingly minor ones? What did Hemingway mean when he said: ‘Man was not born to be conquered. Man can be destroyed, but he cannot be defeated”? 

In this session, participants will gain skills through Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) methods to help them approach life’s adversities in a more active and resilient way, observe the difference between resignation and acceptance, and experience the importance of the ability to change perspective. 


1. Understanding Psychological Inflexibility: Participants will learn to recognize signs of psychological inflexibility and understand its impact on individuals’ ability to cope with life’s challenges.

2. Developing Resilience Through ACT: Attendees will gain skills in applying Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) methods to build resilience and approach adversities with a more active and engaged mindset.

3. Differentiating Resignation and Acceptance: Clinicians will develop the ability to help clients differentiate between resignation and acceptance, fostering a more open and present approach to life’s difficulties.

Competencies Acquired:

1. Identification of Psychological Inflexibility: Proficiency in identifying and understanding psychological inflexibility in clients, enabling more effective interventions.

2. ACT-Based Resilience Building: Ability to apply ACT methods to enhance clients’ resilience, helping them navigate adversities with a more proactive and engaged attitude.

3. Perspective-Shifting Techniques: Enhanced skills in teaching clients to shift perspectives, promoting acceptance rather than resignation in the face of challenges.

Bibliographic Titles:

1. Hayes, S. C., Strosahl, K. D., & Wilson, K. G. (2016). *Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: The Process and Practice of Mindful Change* (2nd ed.). Guilford Press.

2. Harris, R. (2009). *ACT Made Simple: An Easy-to-Read Primer on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy*. New Harbinger Publications.

3. Walser, R. D., & Westrup, D. (2007). *The Mindful Couple: How Acceptance and Mindfulness Can Lead You to the Love You Want*. New Harbinger Publications.

4. Luoma, J. B., Hayes, S. C., & Walser, R. D. (2007). *Learning ACT: An Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Skills-Training Manual for Therapists*. New Harbinger Publications.

5. Forsyth, J. P., & Eifert, G. H. (2016). *The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Anxiety: A Guide to Breaking Free from Anxiety, Phobias, and Worry Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy*. New Harbinger Publications.

Jim Lucas

I’m Jim Lucas, and I live and work in Birmingham, UK. I work as an ACT Therapist, Supervisor and Trainer through 121 consultations and an online community. I’m author of the ACT Roadmap and SEED: An ACT Supervision Model.