ACT BootCamp is a 4-day, live intensive training that is designed to familiarize clinicians with the core concepts of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). ACT is not a set of techniques as much as it is a set of processes you can detect and change.
Almost regardless of clinicians’ specific background, you already have methods that fit with an ACT model. That means you can begin to do ACT by using methods you have, only in a different way that empowers their impact. Once there, it is easy to add specific ACT techniques and method to your skills set, and conversely to use existing methods to do more.
The upcoming BootCamp will be in Burbank on February 15-18. You can learn more about it here.
As clinicians, we all tend to get attached to our “team” or “group”, and identify ourselves with the therapy we practice. “I’m a CBT therapist, and therefore I would never do ACT.” Or, by the same token, “I’m an ACT therapist, and therefore CBT methods are not going to be helpful to me.”
While these distinctions may be useful in defining a set of ideas or practices, they can blind us to new ways to be helpful in the therapeutic setting. We all want to do what works. We all want to “do more with what we have”.
All methods that are known to be helpful – cognitive, existential, analytic, systems, behavioral, humanistic, relationship focused, and so on – have a place in the ACT model. What is important is when and why.
So this year at BootCamp we want to get beyond the “ACT therapists just do ACT” way of thinking and start looking at how ACT as a pragmatic model can be useful in the room regardless of your background or preferred psychological modality.
I hope some of you will join us. It should be an exciting camp. Every night we’ll have breakout discussions with the trainers. You’ll get one-on-one attention and the rare opportunity to get feedback and answers from ACT founders. Pre-registration ends January 11, so for the best pricing make sure to sign up before then.
Students in psychology and clinical training programs are also welcome and will get a lot out of BootCamp. We offer a deeply discounted student rate for those who are interested.
You can save $100 on professional registration if you sign up before January 11, 2018. You’ll also get an additional 20% off if you sign up with a friend!
Continuing education credit at this event is provided by Praxis Continuing Education. PracisCET is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. PraxisCET maintains responsibility for this program and its content. PraxisCET is also approved by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) and the California Board of Behavioral Sciences as a continuing education provider.