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How Do I Choose the Right ACT Training for Me?

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A Handy Guide to Our ACT Training Series

You’re a mental health professional who has had some interaction with acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), whether you’re an experienced ACT practitioner or you’ve only just heard of ACT, and you want to learn how to get started. Maybe you’ve read ACT books and are craving hands-on training. So, how do you know which ACT training is right for you?

The good news is, we have ACT trainings for every level of clinical experience. And luckily we have this handy guide for our Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Training Series! Our ACT series takes professionals who have only heard of ACT to implementing it fluidly with clients on a daily basis.

ACT BootCamp: Introduction to Implementation

For professionals with little to no prior experience with ACT and those who want to deepen their  ACT practice

Learn the foundations of the psychological flexibility model, and develop a beginning set of skills in ACT. Understand the basics of relational frame theory—the theory of language and cognition on which ACT is built. See, do, get feedback. Get hands-on, guided practice recognizing psychological inflexibility in clients in real time, and learn to fluidly respond from all points on the hexaflex. Dig into how ACT reinvigorates your therapeutic relationship with clients. Close with 1 day of practical review of what you’ve learned, reinforcing tools and techniques for working with clients. For total ACT immersion, attend evening sessions to get your questions answered and build community.

Consider attending an ACT BootCamp if you:
  • Are interested in ACT and are ready to dive in
  • Are practicing ACT but don’t have many colleagues who you can bounce ideas off
  • Are practicing ACT and want to enhance your practice, immersion-style

ACT I: Introduction to ACT

For professionals with little to no prior experience with ACT

Learn the foundations of the psychological flexibility model, and develop a beginning set of skills in ACT. See, do, get feedback. Dive into relational frame theory—the theory of language and cognition on which ACT is built. Learn the hexaflex (flexible contact with the present moment, cognitive defusion, acceptance, self-as-context, values, committed action) and the basic processes of ACT while adding ACT metaphors and techniques to your therapeutic toolbox. At an ACT I, you’ll leave with an experiential understanding of the six basic processes of ACT’s Psychological Flexibility Model, as well as how to apply it to case conceptualization and treatment planning. You’ll gain practical skills for meeting clients where they are and fostering their willingness and openness to change.

Consider attending an ACT I if you:
  • Are interested in ACT and want to start using it with clients
  • Want to understand the Psychological Flexibility Model and how powerful ACT’s 6 processes can be with your most difficult clients
  • Need some fresh tools to boost your therapeutic toolbox

Check out our ACT I trainings near you!

ACT II: Clinical Skills-Building Intensive

For professionals who practice ACT, but want more hands-on experience

This skills-building intensive includes round after round of interactive, experiential exercises. You will see, do, and get feedback as you build a solid basis in the dynamic use of ACT interventions. This workshop is meant specifically for people who are reasonably familiar with mid-level ACT terms, in particular the six core ACT processes (mindfulness, self-as-context, acceptance, defusion, values, and commitment). If you are already trying out the model in your practice or if you have experienced a beginning ACT workshop, you can be confident that you will benefit from ACT II. And honestly, even expert ACT clinicians will find a lot of new learning opportunities that will polish their skills and make them more effective clinicians.

The goal is to be able to use evidence-based processes linked to evidence-based procedures that address problems and promote prosperity in people. This is a model of evidence-based practice that is quite different from the “protocols for syndromes” models of the era we are finally putting in the rear view mirror.

The outcome? A better understanding of the model, and the ability to recognize inflexibility in clients and respond in real time. The net result: better clinical outcomes. Read more about our ACT II trainings!

Consider attending an ACT II if you:
  • Are practicing ACT, and it’s going well, but you want more hands-on practice
  • Are practicing ACT but find yourself stumbling from process to process in session
  • Are practicing ACT and it feels rigid or “by the book”–you are struggling to embody the practice
  • Feel stuck with ACT and aren’t sure how to unstick

ACT III: Mastering ACT

Robyn Walser, phd talks to a event attendee

For professionals actively using ACT who want to apply it to their most complex cases

This master class is about the art and science of doing ACT well with all of your clients—especially the ones you only meet for limited sessions. Bring your most difficult cases into the training, and work with master ACT trainers to resolve your biggest challenges. Develop an understanding of the intra- and interpersonal processes that happen inside the therapy room. Foster a deeper understanding of how your own behaviors impact yourself as well as your clients. Get intensive practice conducting functional analysis in the moment, and then apply ACT solutions to your findings.

Consider attending an ACT III if you:
  • Have been practicing ACT regularly and want help applying it to your complex cases
  • Want to strengthen the therapeutic relationship with your clients
  • Want to do a deep dive in your own behaviors within your practice
  • Want to increase your fluidity when practicing ACT

No matter where you are in your ACT learning or what your fluency in ACT is, our ACT Training Series can help you get where you want to be.

Check Out an ACT Training Series Near You!