A talk with networking afterwards at the Regent's College University Bistro
Speaker: Martin Wilks Chartered Psychologist, ACBS peer-reviewed ACT trainer, BSc. Psychol, Dip Couns, MSc. Couns Psychol, Dip Couns.Psychol
Organised on behalf of British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy (BABCP) Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Special interest group.
We have an emerging initiative, “Pro-social” based upon an evolutionary perspective and informed by the work of Elinor Ostrum identifying 8 basic principles that describe how people can co-operatively best manage ‘the commons’. If we were ever to be looking for the ultimate pro-social project, then this is surely IT. The commons in question? - this very biosphere as it continuously degrades under the watchful eyes of our scientific instrumentation.
As journalist Naomi Klein puts it in the introduction to her compelling “This changes everything”, 2014
“ ….the bottom line is what matters here: our economic system and our planetary system are now at war. Or more accurately, our economy is at war with many forms of life on earth, including human life. What the climate needs to avoid collapse is a contraction in humanity’s use of resources; what our economic model demands to avoid collapse is unfettered expansion. Only one set of these rules can be changed, and it’s not the laws of nature”
Hurtling onwards in our evolutionary journey on this increasingly stuffy globular spaceship earth, our instrumentation reporting imminent irreversible decline in life support systems, and the accelerating species death of many of our fellow travellers – what will your role be?
Let’s turn to face our fear and despair – gazing through & beyond toward our ecological values and consider our commitment to ACTion?
If Contextual Behavioural Science, CBS, is “creating a science more adequate to the challenge of the human condition” (Hayes et al, 2012) then is CBS - via ourselves as behavior change scientists - ready to meet the challenge of the “Wicked Problem” of climate change?
Learn more about the characteristics of the “Wicked problem” and consider what may constitute a “Wise” approach to amelioration.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a contextual behavioural approach employing mindfulness to help people make better choices. This talk is a follow-up opportunity to the call to action delivered in Robin Walser’s keynote speech at the Edinburgh ACT/CBS conference November 16th 2016.
Tickets must be booked 48hrs before the talk happens. Access to the University Campus cannot be arranged last minute and depends on us having your correct name.
About Martin Wilks, the speaker:
Martin has cultivated his personal mindfulness practice for over 30 years. For 17 yrs, working as both psychologist and visiting Buddhist minister, he facilitated mindfulness-based groups and counselling services in a central London prison. In private practice, since 2002 he has been developing the use of ACT in short term work and weaves many ACT & MBCT practices and procedures into longer term mindfulness-based psychotherapy. His research interests focus upon qualitative, participant inquiry methods exploring the integration of mindfulness meditation with counseling; and in developing public-sector / third sector partnership arrangements for the roll-out of 3rd wave therapies.
Date and Time
Regent's School of Psychotherapy & Psychology
Regent's (College) University, London
Regent’s Park, Inner Cir