ACT 1 Online: Introduction to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (April 2021)
Introduction to ACT
About This Course
You’ll leave this course with a deep understanding of the theoretical foundations of ACT, and techniques you can use right out of the gate to help you spot change within your clients and move them towards psychological flexibility.
Help clients connect to what mattersMany mental health professionals know what it feels like to be stuck.
When therapeutic work hits a wall, and you feel your clients continually lack direction, it can make your practice feel stagnant and unfulfilling. You might find yourself dreading upcoming sessions, or even hoping certain clients will cancel.
If you've ever found yourself struggling with thoughts like these, you're not alone.
In an effort to overcome therapeutic resistance and catalyze real and lasting change, many practitioners turn to syndrome-focused interventions and tools like the DSM.
However, these techniques do not guarantee good outcomes, and can leave practitioners feeling limited by cookie-cutter interventions.
Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) can breathe new life into your work.
ACT goes beyond strict, evidence-based protocols and focuses instead on developing psychological flexibility, or the ability to mindfully encounter challenging thoughts and feelings.
This perspective shift allows clients to “unstick” from thinking and behavior patterns focused on simply avoiding pain, and can provide them with tools to make values-based choices, and connect to what matters most to them.
With ACT, you can work more fluidly by observing, understanding, and transforming the six core psychosocial processes at the heart of psychological flexibility rather than focusing on symptoms and manualized treatment regimens.
Whether you're working with trauma, anxiety, depression, relationship struggles — or even psychosis or chronic pain — ACT can help your clients accept difficult experiences, become grounded in the present moment, and redirect their energy into creating a life of meaning.
As more and more practitioners bring ACT into their work, they describe how it has transformed their practice — as well as their own lives. While experiencing the benefits of psychological flexibility personally, they’re also more excited to go into sessions, meet new clients, and approach challenging cases in new ways.
And regardless of their overall therapeutic approach, they are able to bring what fits their style to the effort of helping people live more flexible and meaningful lives.
For all of these reasons, we are so excited to offer this in-depth introduction to ACT.
Inside the CourseACT 1 is a comprehensive introduction to acceptance and commitment therapy. In this 6-session course, you’ll learn how to help clients open up to uncomfortable emotions so they can experience their lives fully and move towards what matters.
You’ll leave this course with a deep understanding of the theoretical foundations of ACT, and techniques you can use right out of the gate to help you spot change within your clients and move them towards psychological flexibility. With the tools you’ll gain in this course you’ll be able to expand beyond rigid protocols, and apply a fluid, client-centered approach to your therapeutic work.
Through didactics, group discussion, and experiential exercises, you will...
- Gain a deep understanding of the underlying processes behind most DSM diagnoses
- Move from a mechanical, protocol-oriented mindset to a more fluid and individualized approach
- Build a toolset for developing psychological flexibility, grounding clients in the present moment, and helping them shift toward values-based behavior
- Learn specific interventions you can use to help clients unhook from unhelpful thoughts
- Gain methods for fostering mindful, acceptance-based meditations and exercises in session
- Be able to identify, clarify, and even construct values with your client, and help them find direction in their lives
- Learn how to help clients hold their stories more lightly, not rigidly
- Discover powerful interventions that can be used with individuals, couples, groups, and in a teletherapy context
About the trainerLou Lasprugato, MFT, is a licensed marriage and family therapist, an integrative psychotherapist with Sutter Health’s Institute for Health and Healing, and a peer-reviewed ACT trainer. Lou has facilitated workshops internationally on ACT, mindfulness, and integrative mental health for the past 8 years. He also offers individual consultation in ACT and other contextual behavioral approaches while running a private practice in Davis, CA.
Attendees must complete the course in full and attend all sessions in order to receive ANY continuing education credit. No partial credit will be given.
Prior to registering, please review speaker-planner conflict of interest disclosures and complete CE information.
Session 1 | April 9, 2021, 4 PM—6 PM EDT
Foundations of ACT: Functional Contextualism, Applied Behavior Analysis, and Relational Frame Theory
Session 2 | April 16, 2021, 4 PM—6 PM EDT
Psychological Inflexibility and Creative Hopelessness
Session 3 | April 23, 2021, 4 PM—6 PM EDT
Psychological Flexibility Part 1: Mindfulness-Based Processes
Session 4 | April 30, 2021, 4 PM—6 PM EDT
Psychological Flexibility Part 2: Valued-Action Processes (with Self-Compassion)
Session 5 | May 7, 2021, 4 PM—6 PM EDT
The ACT Matrix: Case Conceptualization and Treatment Planning/Interventions
Session 6 | May 14, 2021, 4 PM—6 PM EST
The Therapeutic Relationship: Informed Consent, Goal Collaboration, Stance/Alliance, and Shaping Behavior
Participants will be able to:
- Relate ACT to its foundational underpinnings of Functional Contextualism, Relational Frame Theory, and Applied Behavior Analysis
- Describe the six core processes of psychological flexibility/inflexibility
- Demonstrate how to contact the present moment with flexible, yet focused, attention
- Demonstrate how to access the observing process of self-as-context
- Demonstrate how to cultivate compassion with the perspective-taking process of self-as-context
- Demonstrate how to facilitate defusion from sticky cognitions
- Demonstrate how to foster acceptance of painful private experiences
- Demonstrate how to construct and clarify values while differentiating from goals
- Illustrate how to use creative hopelessness to motivate a change in the control agenda
- Demonstrate case conceptualization and treatment planning with the ACT Matrix while probing for toward moves (committed action) and away moves (experiential avoidance)
- Formulate ACT-consistent informed consent, goal collaboration, and therapeutic stance
- Demonstrate how to model, evoke, and reinforce psychological flexibility within the therapeutic relationship
- Explain the concept of workability and how it informs the entire ACT model
Please review complete CE and conflict-of-interest disclosure information prior to registering. This course is jointly sponsored by Praxis CET and Institute for Better Health (IBH) and is approved for 12 CE Hours by the following listed below. There was no commercial support for this activity. All the planners/presenters have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
Praxis CET maintains responsibility for the program with the CE approvals outlined below:
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Institute for Better Health maintains responsibility for the program with the CE approvals outlined below:
Physicians: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Institute for Better Health and Praxis Continuing Education and Training. The Institute for Better Health is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The Institute for Better Health designates this live internet activity for a maximum of 12 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Psychologists: Institute for Better Health is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education to psychologists. Institute for Better Health maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.
Nurses: Institute for Better Health, Inc is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Institute for Better Health is approved by the California Board of Registered Nurses, BRN (Provider CEP#2672).
National Social Workers: This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval # 886825109-5346) for 12 continuing education contact hours.
Educators: Institute for Better Health has been approved by the Washington State Professional Educator Standards Board (WESPSB), a member of NASDTEC, as a Clock Hour Provider for Educators. Learners may claim one Clock Hour for each activity hour attended. Please contact your individual state boards for information regarding reciprocity and any additional requirements.
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