Perfectionism is a trans-diagnostic process that causes, maintains, and exacerbates a wide range of mental health disorders and can interfere with the effectiveness of therapy. Both client and therapist can struggle with unhelpful perfectionistic patterns such as setting very high standards, fear of failure, self-criticism, procrastination, and avoidance.
This introductory webinar will provide participants with a concise framework for understanding perfectionism from a functional, contextual, behavioural perspective, including how to recognise the five key processes of perfectionism. Participants will have an opportunity reflect on their own unhelpful perfectionistic habits together with those of their clients, and explore how these habits may contribute to anxiety, stress, and burnout.
Finally, the presenter will describe a framework for treatment that addresses these processes by integrating acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) with mindfulness and self-compassion. Participants will leave the workshop with an understanding of how building psychological flexibility and developing self-compassion can help them, and their clients, live their best (‘imperfect’) lives.
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.
Registration fee: FREE
Recorded version available to view for 7 days.
Post session quiz and attendance certificate for 1 hour of interactive training and lifetime access to the recording available for $9.00 (add on during registration process).
Reminders will be sent prior to your live webcast event with a link to your account at https://www.pdp-catalogue.com.au where you will see your purchased webcasts.
You will need a steady internet connection, and a device such as a computer, tablet or phone upon which to view and participate.
N.B. The recording of this event will be available in your account approximately 15 days from the date of the webcast and will remain accessible then for 7 days.
At the end of the session participants will be able to:
Attending this one-hour presentation will give you a better understanding of what perfectionism is, how to identify it in your clients, and how you can apply ACT and self-compassion to address unhelpful perfectionistic habits. - Jennifer Kemp.
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