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The Scientific and Clinical Importance of Process

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In this session, Dr John Boorman investigates the scientific and clinical importance of process. Where we are at in terms of understanding the human condition and why specific processes work is a problem for everyone connected with helping alleviate human suffering. Whilst there are many empirically supported psychological models aimed to relieve human suffering, including ACT, less is understood why these are effective. The ‘what works?’ questions are better understood than the ‘why it works?'. Dr Boorman explains the futility of continuing to generate therapeutic techniques without a developed understanding of the importance of functional processes. He also outlines the philosophical and conceptual foundations of ACT, before discussing ACT’s goals of ‘the prediction and influence of psychological events with precision, scope and depth’.

Sessions in this Series

  1. 01

    The Scientific and Clinical Importance of Process

    In this session, Dr John Boorman investigates the scientific and clinical importance of process. Where we are at in terms of understanding the human condition and why specific processes work is a problem for everyone connected with helping alleviate human suffering. Whilst there are many empirically supported psychological models aimed to relieve human suffering, including ACT, less is understood why these are effective. The ‘what works?’ questions are better understood than the ‘why it works?’. Dr Boorman explains the futility of continuing to generate therapeutic techniques without a developed understanding of the importance of functional processes. He also outline the philosophical and conceptual foundations of ACT, before discussing ACT’s goals of ‘the prediction and influence of psychological events with precision, scope and depth’.
  2. 02

    Context

    In this session, Dr John Boorman discusses how ACT sits within a wider organisational structure termed Contextual Behavioural Science (CBS). The importance of understanding context is not new in behavioural sciences. Behaviour is not dependent on anything else, it can only be influenced by the contexts with which it operates, whether these are biological, environmental, internal to the person etc. Dr Boorman illustrates how the goal of helping others predict and influence their lives centres around context. He provides examples of how context can greatly shape/influence behaviour and highlights how successful working is linked directly by the goals and values of the client.
  3. 03

    Understanding Human Behaviour (Part 1)

    In this session, Dr John Boorman explains how understanding how humans behave and act in different circumstances is a core part in psychological therapy. ACT takes the approach that helping others with this process, whether they are clients, colleagues, friends etc. helps empower them to make significant changes in their lives. Dr Boorman provides us with an overview of one of the core therapeutic mechanisms of ACT; Functional Analysis. He outlines a therapeutic example to illustrate the importance of this approach, and how this set of principles can be applied in a variety of clinical and non-clinical presentations.
  4. 04

    Understanding Complex Human Behaviour (Part 2)

    In this session, Dr John Boorman explores how understanding how humans behave and act in different circumstances can be complex and confusing, both for the client and clinician. Dr Boorman demonstrates the importance of understanding the clients’ language, and how this is used to help therapist and clients begin to understand their behaviour. He provides examples of how complexity can be understood by what clients say and how they act; specifies what areas to focus on and why; and links this to the development of an enhanced and reciprocal therapeutic relationship that can help improve client outcomes.
  5. 05

    The Evolution of Human Language – A Double Edged Sword

    In this session, Dr John Boorman explores how language is at the heart of everything thing we do and has a central role in how we operate in the world. We experience the world directly (as it is) and indirectly (relationally). Dr Boorman explains how human language and thinking has evolved over time and can be seen on a continuum. He builds upon some of the ideas shared in previous sessions and presents a summary of the latest developments in this area. Dr Boorman provides examples of how understanding language can help, but can also hinder who we are and illustrates how it can control our behaviour.

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