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How to Strengthen the "Healthy Adult" by Using ACT & Mindfulness by Pierre Cousineau

  • 07 Sep 2017
  • (UTC-04:00)
  • 08 Sep 2017
  • (UTC-04:00)
  • 2 sessions
  • 07 Sep 2017, 9:30 AM 5:00 PM (UTC-04:00)
  • 08 Sep 2017, 8:30 AM 4:00 PM (UTC-04:00)
  • Oslo, Norway


by Pierre Cousineau, PhD

How to Strengthen the “Healthy Adult Mode” by Using ACT and Mindfulness is a workshop intended to give participants tools and knowledge for promoting the “Healthy Adult Mode» in their patients. The workshop will give participants opportunities to experience with themselves, and with others, exercises aimed to develop and nourish presence, flexibility, and compassion into the “Healthy Adult Mode”.

The «Healthy Adult» is defined by Jeffrey Young as a «healthy, adult part of oneself that serves an «executive» function relative to the other modes.» The «Healthy Adult» helps meet the child’s basic emotional needs. Like a good parent, the «Healthy Adult» serves the following three basic functions: 1) Nurtures, accepts, and protects the Vulnerable Child, 2) Uses constructively the Angry Child and sets limits to the Impulsive/Undisciplined Child, in accord with the principles of reciprocity and self-discipline, 3) Confronts or moderates the maladaptive coping and dysfunctional parent modes.

ACT and Mindfulness are paradigm shifts that have become increasingly popular in the Western world. They counterbalance an excessive tendency to rely solely on willpower to change things. The “Healthy Adult” part of patients will gain from such contributions applied in a compassionate framework.


 1. Participants will learn and experience ways of applying ACT and Mindfulness in order to promote the “Healthy Adult Mode” in their patients. 

 2. Participants will learn ways to apply those same techniques onto themselves in order to further the “Healthy Adult” part of their therapist mode.

 3. Participants will get a glimpse into a memory reconsolidating technique.


07. - 08. September 2017


NFKT - Pilestredet 75c, Oslo

Registration and fees

Registration fee: 4. 000 NOK

Registration includes participation in all sessions, workshop handouts, and coffee/fruit break each day. For registration and further information about the seminar, please see www.psykologbehandling.no or contact Erlend Aschehoug at erlend@psykologbehandling.no

Registration deadline is 15. August 2017

Agenda Thursday 07. September 2017

09.30 - 10.00: Registration

10.00 - 11.30: Schemas and Implicit Memory.

11.30 - 12.30: Lunch

12.30 - 14.30: Looking Mindfully at schemas, maladaptive coping styles and dysfunctional parental modes.

14.30 - 15.00: Break

15.00 - 17.00: Narratives and the sense of self

Agenda Friday 08. september 2017

08.30 - 09.00: Registration

09.00 - 11.30: The Mindful Flash Card.

11.30 - 12.30: Lunch

12.30 - 14.30: Integration of ACT’s basic principles.

14.30 - 15.00: Break

15.00 - 16.00: A glimpse into memory reconsolidation / Conclusion.

Pierre Cousineau, PhD is an experienced psychotherapist. Forty years as a clinical psychologist in private practice and mental health centres. In the last 20 years, he has been giving conferences and workshops in Canada and in other French speaking countries (Europa, Africa). He is also supervising many psychotherapists. His preferences have always been for integrative approach. He is a certified Schema therapist, but has integrated Mindfulness and ACT strategies to schema work. He presented twice on this subject in ISST international Meetings. Lately, he has been adding promising memory reconsolidating techniques to schema work (from Coherence Therapy). He has published papers (mainly in French), and has written a chapter on this issue in the Wiley – Blackwell Handbook of Schema Therapy. He has translated and supervised translations of questionnaires and books on Schema Therapy and ACT.

Why Schema Therapy?

Schema therapy has been extensively researched to effectively treat a wide variety of typically treatment resistant conditions, including Borderline Personality Disorder and Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Read our summary of the latest research comparing the dramatic results of schema therapy compared to other standard models of psychotherapy.

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