ACT III: Mastering ACT – Philadelphia
Bridging the Gap between Conceptual Understanding and Practical Application
CE Hours available ( How do I get my CE? )
Robyn Walser Robyn Walser, PhD, is a master ACT trainer, with expertise in trauma.

About This Workshop

Many people who get excited about ACT, and feel they understand it conceptually, find it more difficult to implement the work for real-life clients with unique challenges. The chief goal of this advanced-practice workshop is to teach you a more flexible application of ACT, one that bridges the gap between conceptual understanding and implementation.

Experiential knowing—not just verbal understanding—is key to practicing ACT with heart and wisdom. In this workshop you’ll practice implementing the core ACT processes in a flexible and heartfelt way with your clients. You’ll bring challenging elements from your clinical work to the discussion, and Robyn Walser will guide you on how to meet them with a fluid and interwoven process linked to theory and carefully applied to the needs of the people you serve. Far beyond stepwise clinical technology, this masterclass for ACT therapists is about the art and science of doing ACT well on a session-to-session basis with all your clients.

Prior to registering, please click here to review speaker-planner conflict of interest disclosures and complete CE information.


Saturday, September 28

8:00 am to 8:30 am

  • Registration (Not available for CE)

8:30 am to 10:15 am

  • Welcoming and Orientation
  • What is the Flex in Hexaflex: Moving Away from ACT as a Technique and Toward Mastery

10:15 am to 10:30 am 

  • Morning Break  (Not available for CE)

10:30 am to 12:30 pm 

  • ACT Processes: Control and Creative Hopelessness as a Process

12:30 pm to 2:00 pm

  • Lunch Break (Not available for CE)

2:00 pm to 3:15 pm

  • Mastering ACT: Overarching Process, Interpersonal and Intrapersonal Process

3:15 pm to 3:30 pm 

  • Afternoon Break (Not available for CE)

3:30 pm to 5:00 pm

  • Mastering ACT: Fostering Flexibility
  • Modeling and Skills Practice
  • Q & A
Sunday, September 29

8:00 am to 8:30 am

  • Check-in (Not available for CE)

8:30 am to 10:15 am

  • ACT 6 Processes as Process: Modeling and Practice

10:15am to 10:30am 

  • Morning Break (Not available for CE)

10:30 am to 12:30pm

  • Mastering the Fluid Implementation of ACT Processes: Modeling and Skills Practice

12:30 pm to 2:00 pm 

  • Lunch Break (Not available for CE)

2:00 pm to 3:15 pm

  • Therapeutic Stance in Mastering ACT: Modeling and Skills Practice

3:15 pm to 3:30 pm 

  • Afternoon Break (Not available for CE)

3:30 pm to 5:00 pm 

  • Therapeutic Stance in Mastering ACT
  • Modeling and Skills Practice
  • Final Q & A

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:
  1. Relate ACT to its foundational underpinnings of Functional Contextualism, Relational Frame Theory, and Applied Behavior Analysis
  2. Describe the six core processes of psychological flexibility/inflexibility
  3. Demonstrate how to contact the present moment with flexible, yet focused, attention
  4. Demonstrate how to access the observing process of self-as-context
  5. Demonstrate how to cultivate compassion with the perspective-taking process of self-as-context
  6. Demonstrate how to facilitate defusion from sticky cognitions
  7. Demonstrate how to foster acceptance of painful private experiences
  8. Demonstrate how to construct and clarify values while differentiating from goals
  9. Illustrate how to use creative hopelessness to motivate a change in the control agenda
  10. Demonstrate case conceptualization and treatment planning with the ACT Matrix while probing for toward moves (committed action) and away moves (experiential avoidance)
  11. Formulate ACT-consistent informed consent, goal collaboration, and therapeutic stance
  12. Demonstrate how to model, evoke, and reinforce psychological flexibility within the therapeutic relationship
  13. Explain the concept of workability and how it informs the entire ACT model


Participants in this workshop are strongly encouraged to have had at least one formal multi-day ACT training workshop prior to taking ACT III. If you’re brand new to ACT, please read more about our ACT I and ACT II trainings.


For mental health professionals, intermediate to advanced.

Recommended Reading

Luoma, J., Hayes, S. C., & Walser, R. D. (2017). Learning ACT 2nd Ed. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications.


Walser, R. D. (2013). Love and the human condition. In T.B. Kashdan & J. Ciarrochi (Eds.) Mindfulness, acceptance, and positive psychology: The seven foundations of well-being. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications.

Walser, R. D. & Westrup, D. (2009). The Mindful Couple. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications.

Luoma, J., Hayes, S. C., & Walser, R. D. (2007). Learning Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: A Skills Training Manual for Therapists. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications.

Refund and Cancellation Policy

We understand, sometimes things come up!

Praxis will offer a full refund to registrants of both live and live-online trainings who cancel their registration up to 14 days before the course or workshop start date, minus an administrative processing fee of $30 for a 2-day workshop or online course, and a $50 fee for a 4-day workshop. If cancelled within 14 days, no refund will be issued, however, a credit for the same amount will be applied toward another learning product, which expires within 1 year. Please email us at to cancel a registration.

September 28–29, 2019
Hyatt House Philadelphia/King of Prussia
240 Mall Boulevard
King of Prussia, Pennsylvania 19406
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Details Price Qty
Professionalshow details + $349.00 (USD)  
3 Professional Registrations at 20% Offshow details + $807.60 (USD)  / bundle 
Studentshow details + $199.00 (USD)