Through trauma and loss, people can lose their sense of meaning, lose their feeling of identity or place in the world, and develop ongoing depressive, anxiety, and relational problems.

Mindfulness is the first crucial step in being able to step back from your reactions and do something healthy when trauma issues get stirred up. It’s one step in moving away from trauma and back into your life, and it’s relevant to everyone, whether or not they are survivors of some particular trauma. 

Avoid Avoidance

ACT acceptance and commitment therapy online courses trainings

The ACT Matrix, developed by Kevin Polk, PhD, and others

The creators of ACT didn’t invent something new when they started working with the notion that words can be a problem. Buddhists arrived at the same conclusion over two thousand years ago. 

Essentially all meditation and mindfulness traditions have in some way or another embraced the practice of letting go of words or the results of words. 

If you haven’t seen it for yourself, you may be skeptical that real behavior change is possible in just one or two therapy sessions. After all, that’s not time enough to form a therapeutic relationship. But the reality is that evidence supports the value of brief interventions, including ACT.

Let’s take a look at some myths and facts about brief interventions.

Myth: The benefits of therapy build over time.

Author: Darin Witkovic, MA, PhD candidate at Palo Alto University

As socially stigmatized members of society, gender and sexual minority (GSM) populations are at risk for unique stressors associated with their identities. 

One such risk is the expectation of rejection, otherwise seen in literature as rejection sensitivity, which is theorized to stem from negative childhood experiences (including rejection itself). 

Problems get ahold of us from the moment we arise in the morning.

ACT acceptance and commitment therapy online courses trainings

Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) maximizes the change mechanisms of groups. When done well, ACT magnifies therapeutic change mechanisms inherent in group therapy. Developed as the clinical response to an increased understanding of the origins of human suffering, the model articulates the processes that can keep humans stuck, and how those same processes can be used to alleviate suffering. This directly translates to the therapy room.

ACT BootCamp, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy


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.

By Tom Szabo, PhD, BCBA-D​

Have you ever found yourself teaching a parent to be contingent and discovered that his self-rules are interfering with his ABA follow-through? A few examples might help: “I can’t handle this – it’s not what I’m good at. I’m the Dad.” Or, “Can’t you just do your job and heal my kid. You’re the behavior analyst.” Another one you might have heard is, “What if I can’t do all that?”

By Jason Luoma, PhD, coauthor of Learning ACT, 2nd Edition

I remember when I first started to learn acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) as a young psychologist.

By Kelly G. Wilson, PhD

What I want with my clients are significant conversations, conversations that can change lives—both theirs and mine.

When I say “change,” I don’t mean from something “bad” to something “good”—from a “bad them” to a “good them,” from a “bad life” to a “good life.”

Conversations about whether a life is good or bad or whether a person is good or bad or worthy or unworthy don’t interest me much. We have but one life—this life, this very life.


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