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ACT Course

We are now testing a new online treatment for depression and anxiety based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, known as ‘ACT’ (one word). Hundreds of research trials have demonstrated that ACT works as an effective treatment for common mental health problems such as anxiety and depression. Our goal here is to test whether ACT can be effectively delivered online.

Depression and anxiety not only produce unpleasant symptoms, but importantly they also interfere with life. Most people with these conditions find that over time they do less of the things that were previously important to them. Things like connecting to family, socializing with friends, studying, working and staying healthy.

ACT aims to help people work out what is really important to them (values) and to slowly do more of the things (actions) that are in line with those values. It helps people better manage the things that typically get in the way, like the unhelpful thoughts and emotions common in depression and anxiety.

To learn more about symptoms of low mood and depression, please click HERE. To learn more about anxiety and anxiety disorders, please click HERE.

What does the course involve?

The ACT Course involves 5 online lessons delivered over 8 weeks. It contains:

  • A mix of reading, illustrations and listening to provide different ways to learn and practice new concepts
  • Short stories in the form of metaphors to help explain psychological concepts
  • Exercises and real-life examples to complete in the modules and between modules
  • Short questionnaires to track your progress
  • And importantly, the support of a psychologist if you need more assistance.

Who is the course Suitable For?

  • Adults living in Australia, aged 18 and older.
  • Experiencing symptoms of anxiety or depression, or both.
  • Who want to learn information and skills for managing anxiety and depression
  • Who have the time to read the online lessons, complete the questionnaires and practice the skills over 8 weeks.

Unfortunately, we cannot include people who are currently suicidal, do not have access to the Internet, are unable to read or understand English, or who are not living in Australia.

Not sure if this course is right for you? Please contact us, click HERE.

What are we looking at in our next study?

The aim of this trial of the ACT Course is to find out how helpful the online course is in managing depression and anxiety, as well as getting feedback about how the course can be made more useful.

You can read more about the trial in the Participant Information and Consent Form, HERE.

When is the next course being offered?

We are aiming to begin the trial in late May, 2022. If you are interested in participating, please click on the 'Register Now!' button below and follow the prompts.

Of course, if you have any questions about the Course please feel free to contact us, click HERE.

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