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Demystifying Happiness: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Presented by Gillian L. McLean MTS, BN, SCP, RP


Thursday, February 14, 2019

Program Summary
In his book, The Happiness Trap: How to Stop Struggling and to Start Living, Russ Harris (2008) writes, “The more we try to avoid the basic reality that all human life involves pain, the more we are likely to struggle with that pain when it arises, thereby creating even more suffering.” Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a new evidenced-based approach that suggests a different way of dealing with the challenge of suffering and the desire for pleasure. The goals of this presentation are to explore the trap of happiness, and to show how Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, through its instruction to “be present”, “open up”, and “do what matters”, can liberate us from the happiness trap.

Program Objectives By the end of this webinar, participants will:
  1. Recognize the myth of happiness and identify how this contributes to human suffering.
  2. Be familiar with the history and development of ACT
  3. Understand the fundamental processes of ACT and appreciate how ACT can be utilized in clinical practice.

About the Presenter Gillian McLean is a Certified Spiritual Care Practitioner with the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care, a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario, and a Registered Nurse with the College of Nurses of Ontario. She completed her Master’s in Theological Studies at Queen’s University in Kingston.

Currently, Gillian works as a Spiritual Health Practitioner at Providence Care Hospital in Kingston, Ontario in the Adult Mental Health program, serving inpatient clients and providing transitional support to individuals in the community. Gillian is author of a number of peer reviewed articles, published in scholarly health care journals, and a book: Facing Death: Conversations with Cancer Patients, originally published by Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh.

NACC Certification Competencies Covered by the Webinar: ITP1, ITP2, ITP3, ITP6, PPS2, OL2.1


February 14, 2019 Webinar Fact Sheet (participants) (The Fact Sheet contains call-in instructions and numbers)
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