Advanced ACT MBI Course

1 Year Applied Course in Acceptance & Commitment Therapy and Mindfulness-based Interventions

Advanced ACT MBI Course

1 Year Course

Course description:

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a mindfulness-based therapy that helps clients move towards what matters most while practicing acceptance for what is outside their control. This one-year highly interactive and experiential course offers a unique opportunity to learn from some of the leading ACT and MBI experts in the world including Dr Kirk Strosahl, Dr Patricia Robinson, Prof. Louise McHugh, Dr Trish Leonard-Curtin & Aisling Leonard-Curtin.

Who the course is for:

This course is appropriate for a variety of professions including Teachers, School Counsellors, Human Resource Workers & Mental Health Professionals – Psychologists, Licensed Mental Health Counsellors, Psychiatrists, Social Workers, and Psychiatric Nurse-Practitioners.

Upon completion of this course, you will receive a Certificate of Completion and be awarded CPD points (six CPD hours per day attended) or PSI Learning Credits (four Learning Credits per day attended)

Advanced ACT MBI

20/21 Course Ongoing

Next course due

to start Sep 2021

The secret to achieving inner peace lies in understanding our inner core values – those things in our lives that are most important to us – and then seeing that they are reflected in the daily events of our lives.

~ Hyrum W. Smith

Why ACT & MBI?

ACT was the first of the ‘third wave’ therapies and has the largest body of empirical data to support its effectiveness. It is also considered an empirically validated psychological intervention by the American Psychological Association (APA). A growing body of empirical data confirms that cultivating acceptance, mindfulness, and openness to experience is highly effective for multiple presenting issues including, but not limited to, depression, anxiety disorders, addictions, psychosis, chronic pain, PTSD, personality disorders, and eating disorders. ACT and Mindfulness-based Interventions (MBI) have also been found to be helpful in the workplace for reducing absenteeism, increasing productivity, and job satisfaction. ACT is a highly versatile and adaptable approach which can be delivered as a long, medium, or short-term therapy, with empirical support for as little as four sessions. See empirical research here.

Who is Advanced ACT MBI for?

Individuals seeking to develop fluency & flexibility in understanding and applying ACT and MBI to their client work.

Including but not confined to:

  • Psychotherapists and counsellors trained in psychodynamic/humanistic psychotherapy.
  • Psychologists seeking to apply ACT and MBI to their area of practice.
  • CBT therapists seeking to incorporate innovative mindfulness and valued action exercises into their client work.
  • Mental Health professionals and allied health professionals including, but not limited to, psychiatrists, GPs, mental health nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and speech and language therapists

Prerequisites for attendance

Prospective Adv ACT MBI participants must attend our ACT Now Purposeful Living 2-day ACT Introduction, which covers using values cards, the ACT Matrix, and how to work with thoughts and emotions from an ACT Perspective or equivalent. Contact us to inquire about the next induction dates.

Our course content will be guided by three core values: meaning/purpose, workability, and competency with an emphasis on experiential learning, interaction, and engagement (including role-plays/real-plays with feedback from therapist and ‘client’). 

~ Aisling Leonard-Curtin & Dr Trish Leonard-Curtin

What will the Advanced ACT MBI course involve?

Our course co-directors, Aisling Leonard-Curtin and Dr Trish Leonard-Cutrin, and our Course Team will bring a wealth of experience in ACT and MBI. As you progress through this course, you will move from an intermediate understanding of the underlying mechanisms that drive ACT and MBI to a more fluid and fluent understanding and application of ACT and MBI. There will be multiple opportunities to observe, practice, and refine ACT skills and develop this skillset. Practitioners will quickly be able to apply ACT and MBI and see the value and potential in client work.

Upon completion of this course you will:

Have developed a level of flexibility and fluency in conceptualising and delivering ACT and MBI with both adults and young people across a wide range of clinical presentations. You will receive a Certificate of Completion and be awarded CPD points (six CPD hours per day attended) or PSI Learning Credits (four Learning Credits per day attended). You will also:

  • Have an advanced understanding of the theories and principles underlying these approaches.
  • Be able to adapt your ACT and MBI skills to integrate with your existing way of working with clients and to respond to the unique needs and challenges of each client.
  • Understand Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP) and how to integrate this with existing approaches to enhance the therapeutic relationship
  • Be able to apply ACT, MBI, and self-compassion in your own life
    • To create a sense of vitality, meaning, and fulfillment
    • To help you cope with the stresses of clients with challenging presentations
    • To prevent burnout

Our Trainers

Aisling Leonard-Curtin, Chartered Psychologist, Author, Peer-reviewed ACT Trainer & FAP Trainer, Guest Lecturer on Doctorate in Counselling Psychology, Trinity College Dublin, Part-time Lecturer in Masters in Coaching, UCC

Dr Trish Leonard-Curtin, Counselling Psychologist, Author, ACT Trainer, Part-time Lecturer in Masters in Coaching, UCC

Prof. Louise McHugh, Professor & co-director Masters in Mindfulness-based Interventions, UCD, Author, Peer-reviewed ACT Trainer

Dr Sarah Cassidy, Educational, Child and Adolescent Psychologist, Co-Founder of www.RaiseYourIQ, Part-time Lecturer in Maynooth University, Active Panel Member of SCPA

Extended Team

Dr Kirk Strosahl

Dr Patricia Robinson

Dr Janina Scarlet

Dr Mary Welford

Dr Evelyn Gould




See our team members here.

2020/2021 Cohort (ongoing):

The 2020/2021 cohort for the Advanced ACT MBI course will be limited to 30 people. There will be a minimum of 18 people on the course. The majority of trainings will be limited to the course participants. Previous cohorts will have the option of a “top-up” to join training days on topics that were not covered in their year, such as sexuality, working with gender and sexual minorities, and guest international speakers. The 2020/2021 cohort will be given a similar option for the 2021/2022 cohort to access any additional trainings. Upon completion of the Advanced ACT MBI Course, you are granted a lifetime-discounted rate of 20% for all ACT Now Purposeful Living courses. Also, if you miss one of the modules this year (up to 2 days), as much as possible, we will accommodate you to attend a similar module during the following year. The international guest trainers, namely Dr. Kirk Strosahl, Dr. Patti Robinson, Dr. Janina Scarlett, and Dr. Mary Welford workshops are open to those outside of the Advanced ACT MBI cohorts. Contact us to express interest in joining our 2021/2022 cohort.


€2950 payable in 6 instalments with a 10% discount for paying in one instalment. This price includes ten small-group supervisions and three one-to-one supervision/ consultation sessions.

Deposit of €475 required to secure your place (non-refundable)

You may opt-out of the small-group supervisions and 1:1 consultations: €2050 (10% discount does not apply)


Psychological Society of Ireland Headquarters, Grantham House, Grantham Street Dublin, D08 W8HD, Ireland

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