Perfectionism can take over your clients’ lives... jeopardise their most important relationships...
And trap them in a cycle of disappointment when they—and others—fall short of their unattainable standards.
They might receive praise from their community for their “work ethic”, or feel a sense of control over their lives by being perfectionistic. So they often don’t see these behaviours as a problem...
Even though these negative patterns contribute to mental health disorders like anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, hoarding, body dysmorphic disorder and even suicide.
Not only that, but perfectionistic behaviours often undermine treatment efforts...
Which can make you feel like you’re in a no-win situation with these clients.
But, there is a proven way to help perfectionists live a fuller, happier life.
Viewing perfectionism through the lens of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) allows you to see—and treat—perfectionism as habitual patterns of unhelpful behaviour instead of an unchangeable element of identity...
Which makes it so much easier for you to treat, and for clients to find relief.
Now, in this live training, ACT trainer Jennifer Kemp will show you how to integrate this powerful modality into your practice to create an evidence-based approach to treating perfectionism.
You’ll walk away with templates, scripts and handouts you can use with your clients immediately...
And the skills to help them let go of unhelpful behaviours, build psychological flexibility and develop self-compassion so they can live their best (imperfect) life.
There are no known risks to adding this information and methodology to client work. The approach is simple, empowering and respectful, as well as evidence-based for a wide range of client presentations and mental health problems.
The content of this program is designed primarily for work with older adolescents and adults. The information provided will be relevant to children, but the program will not provide specific strategies to adapt the approach to work with children (e.g. play-based approaches).
Jennifer Kemp is a privately practicing Clinical Psychologist based in Adelaide, Australia. She sees adults struggling with perfectionism, eating disorders, body image problems, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), weight management, and chronic illness, seamlessly applying acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), behaviour therapy and compassion-focused therapy approaches. Jennifer balances this with writing, presenting, and providing consultations to professionals seeking to deepen their therapeutic practice and application of ACT.
Jennifer is the author of “The ACT Workbook for Perfectionism: Build Your Best (Imperfect) Life Using Powerful Acceptance & Commitment Therapy and Self-Compassion Skills”, launched by New Harbinger in December 2021, as well as and several e-books including “The Perfectionistic Therapist: Striving to Help and Never Fail”. Jennifer is a highly sought-after speaker, trainer, and podcast guest, regularly presenting to local and international audiences on the topic of perfectionism, self-criticism, and self-compassion as a therapist. She is delivered several professional workshops for the Clinical College of the Australian Psychological Society, Association for Contextual Behavioural Science (ACBS) World Conference, and International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) Online World Conference.
ACT interventions for anxiety-based issues: perfectionism, fear of failure, and self-criticism. (Melbourne)
Fri, Sep 09, 2022 - 09:00am to 04:30pm AEST - Product Code AUL22186
$29 to purchase and keep the recording of this event.
N.B. Face to face participants are required to comply with COVID safety measures as outlined by the venue and PDP.
Details of the measures current at the time and in line with public health orders will be advised in your pre-event reminder/information emails.
The venue and PDP reserve the right to deny entry to any participant who chooses not to follow COVID safety plans.
COVID-19 AND YOUR SAFETY
Our venue is registered with Service NSW as a 'Covid Safe' venue.
You will be required to checkin via our QR code and to abide by the safety measures current at the time and in line with public health orders. These will be advised in your pre-event reminder/information emails.
In the interest of everone's safety, PDP reserves the right to deny entry to any participant who chooses not to follow the current COVID safety plans.
This venue offers wheelchair access from the Brown Street entrance.
4 minute walk from Chatswood train/metro/bus interchange
Links to reasonable early-bird parking close to the venue:
All day tea, coffee and chilled water are provided.
If you have not ordered lunch with your registration, we have a fridge and two microwave ovens should you wish to bring your own food.
The venue has a cafe on the ground floor and is surrounded by cafes and restaurants including an extensive food hall above the Chatswood Interchange.
This workshop will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of unhelpful perfectionism and give you the specific skills you need to treat this problem in your clients, improving their ability to achieve their goals and live a meaningful and valued life. - Jennifer Kemp
Morning Session (3 hours with a morning tea break)
Part 1: Understanding Perfectionism from a Contextual Behavioural Perspective (1.5 hours)
Setting up the program & learning environment
The five processes of unhelpful perfectionism
Identifying perfectionistic processes in clients
Part 2: Creating a foundation for change (1.5 hours)
Building a Case for Change Using Creative Hopelessness
Identifying the targets for your intervention
1. Contextual factors that keep perfectionists stuck
2. Avoidant loops that offer short-term relief
Afternoon Session (3 hours with a morning tea break)
Part 3: Transforming Self-Criticism Using Self-Compassion + Action (1.75 hours)
3. Self-criticism that undermines valued action
Introducing the Passengers on the Bus Metaphor
Understanding what’s important using values
Introducing the Self-Critical Passenger
How do you respond to self-criticism?
Introducing compassion for the Self-Critical Passenger
Strategies to build self-compassion
Part 4: Becoming More than Perfect (1.25 hours)
4. Building a flexible self
Helping Perfectionists Achieve Lasting Change
Becoming More than Perfect
Living Your Best (Imperfect) Life
Wrap-up & time for questions
Details of assumed knowledge / experience required of potential seminar participants:
This workshop is designed for people trained in psychological science and it is expected that participants will have a basic understanding of behavioural principles. This program does not teach Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) from the ground up (please attend an introductory ACT workshop for this) rather, it explores the application of ACT principles to unhelpful perfectionism and self-criticism. If you have training in ACT this workshop will deepen your understanding and broaden your ability to apply ACT in a range of contexts. A basic knowledge of ACT and behavioural principles may be helpful but is not essential to benefit from this program. All concepts used within the workshop will be explained at the time.
9:00am - 12:30pm (includes 15 minute break at 10:30am)
12:30pm - 1:00pm
1:00pm - 4:30pm (includes 15 minute break at 2:45pm)
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