ACT BootCamp® – Denver

Up to 32
CE Hours available ( How do I get my CE? )
Steven C. Hayes, PhD Cofounder of ACT, leader of contextual behavioral science, and renowned author
Robyn Walser, PhD Renowned author, researcher, and master ACT trainer

About This Workshop

If you mention you’re interested in acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), the next question you’re likely to hear is, “Have you been to BootCamp®?” Led by ACT’s cofounders, Steven C. Hayes and Robyn Walser, this essential workshop has been the foundation of ACT training for thousands of practitioners like you. Whether you’re hearing about ACT for the first time or already have formal training, this workshop can take your skills to the next level. The workshop will fully cover the basics of the ACT model and its delivery. You will learn the ins and outs of core ACT concepts such as:
  • Psychological flexibility
  • The six core processes
  • Skills for observing and moving the processes flexibly in session
The workshop will also work the model from the bottom up, presenting the philosophical and theoretical roots of ACT in a clear, fun, and practical way. ACT’s radical shift in thinking is directly relevant to the work you do every day, and it’s the main reason for ACT’s tremendous appeal as a psychotherapy. At ACT BootCamp®, you’ll learn the foundations of the psychological flexibility model, and develop a beginning set of skills in ACT. You’ll engage with client-therapist role-plays, practice ACT techniques and tools, and get real-time feedback. Over four intensive days, you will get hands-on, guided practice recognizing psychological inflexibility in clients, and learn to fluidly respond from all points on the hexaflex. Come to ACT BootCamp® to learn how ACT can reinvigorate your therapeutic relationship with clients. For total ACT immersion, attend evening sessions to learn from ACT experts to get your questions answered and build community. Attendees can book a room at a discounted rate at the Doubletree by Hilton Denver. Booking details are coming soon, please check back later for additional information to book your accommodation.

Program

21 October | Day 1, Thursday | Introduction to ACT | Robyn Walser, PhD

Learn the basics of the model and establish a foundational understanding of relational frame theory (RFT—the theory of language that underlies ACT), functional contextualism (the philosophy of science that underlies ACT), and how psychological inflexibility is at the heart of human suffering. Enhancing psychological flexibility has been shown in hundreds of studies to improve therapeutic outcomes across many different conditions and in many different areas of human endeavor. By the end of the day you will have a basic set of skills in the psychological flexibility model and in the six core processes of ACT—flexible contact with the present moment, cognitive delusion, acceptance, self-as-context, values, and committed action.

General Session | 6.5 CE Hours:

7:00 am – 8:00 am: Check-in*

8:00 am – 9:45 am: Language and Psychological Flexibility

9:45 am – 10:00 am: Morning Break*

10:00 am – 12:00 pm: ACT Therapeutic Agreement and Case Conceptualization

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm: Lunch Break*

1:30 pm – 2:45 pm: Creative Hopelessness in Motivation and Change Over Time

2:45 pm – 3:00 pm: Afternoon Break*

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm: Integrating the ACT Core Processes

4:30 pm – 4:45 pm: Afternoon Break (for those staying for optional evening discussion)*

Flexible Implementation of ACT Pt. 1 (Optional Evening Session) | 2 CE Hours:

4:45 pm – 6:45 pm: Evening Workshops and Discussion: The schedule is being finalized.  Please check back soon for complete content information.

22 October | Day 2, Friday | ACT Model & Methods | Robyn Walser, PhD

Use the skills you learned on day 1 in a practical way so you can integrate ACT into your practice more effectively when you go back to a therapy setting. Robyn will guide you through experiential exercises as well as give you key takeaways you can use to enhance your practice and your life.

General Session | 6.5 CE Hours:

7:30 am – 8:00 am: Check-in*

8:00 am – 9:45 am: Integrating the ACT Core Processes Continued

9:45 am – 10:00 am: Morning Break*

10:00 am – 12:00 pm: Essential Characteristics of the Therapeutic Relationship from an ACT Point of View

12:00 pm – 1:30 am: Lunch Break*

1:30 am – 2:45 pm: The ACT Therapeutic Stance

2:45 pm – 3:00 pm: Afternoon Break*

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm: The ACT Therapeutic Relationship: Competencies and Processes

4:30 pm – 4:45 pm: Afternoon Break (for those staying for the optional evening discussion)*

Flexible Implementation of ACT Pt. 2 (Optional Evening Session) | 2 CE Hours:

4:45 pm – 6:45 pm: Evening Workshops and Discussion: The schedule is being finalized.  Please check back soon for complete content information.

23 October | Day 3, Saturday | The Therapeutic Relationship | Steven Hayes, PhD

ACT is not a one-way street. Integrating the practice in your own life, modeling it in session with clients, and actively using the model has been shown to enhance the therapeutic relationship and increase therapeutic effectiveness. ACT Will come alive for you as you apply it to your own life in this moving and introspective training.

General Session | 6.5 CE Hours:

7:30 am – 8:00 am: Check-in*

8:00 am – 9:45 am: Suffering and Common Humanity

9:45 am – 10:00 am: Morning Break*

10:00 am – 12:00 pm: Word Prisons: Making Contact with what Obstructs Connection/Finding Connection in the Midst of Suffering

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm: Lunch Break*

1:30 pm – 2:45 pm: Values and Vulnerability at the Heart of Relationships

2:45 pm – 3:00 pm: Afternoon Break*

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm: Values, Commitment, and Deepening Relationships

4:30 pm – 4:45 pm: Afternoon Break (for those staying for optional evening discussions)*

Flexible Implementation of ACT Pt. 3 (Optional Evening Session) | 2 CE Hours:

4:45 pm – 6:45 pm: Evening Workshops and Discussion: The schedule is being finalized.  Please check back soon for complete content information.

24 October | Day 4, Sunday | Skills-Based Intensive | Steven Hayes, PhD

Now that you know the basics of the model, you are going to go deeper. This day will be highly experiential with round after round of clinical skills building exercises and feedback. It is designed to help enhance your fluidity with using the model and provide you a deeper understanding of ACT as well as specific tools and techniques you can use in your practice to enhance clinical outcomes.

General Session | 6.5 CE Hours:

7:30 am – 8:00 am: Check-in*

8:00 am – 9:45 am: From It, Toward It, and Within It: The Therapeutic Relationship in ACT

9:45 am – 10:00 am: Morning Break*

10:00 am – 12:00 pm: Reading the Flexibility Processes

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm: Lunch Break*

1:30 pm – 2:45 pm: Opening the Door to Any Flexibility Process

2:45 pm – 3:00 pm: Afternoon Break*

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm: ACT Done Dynamically

No evening session on last night.

*Not available for CE

Learning Objectives

Day 1 | Introduction to ACT | Robyn Walser
  • Describe the language-based processes (e.g., RFT) that create suffering.
  • Describe the six processes that underlie psychological flexibility/inflexibility.
  • Demonstrate the ability to formulate an ACT-consistent therapeutic agreement.
  • Describe how to use the six core processes in case conceptualization.
  • Explain how to use “creative hopelessness” to motivate a change in the control agenda.
  • Demonstrate the process of creative hopelessness and how it functions across time.
  • Describe and demonstrate how acceptance and defusion work together in supporting openness to experience.

References:

  • 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.
  • Luoma, J., Hayes, S. C., & Walser, R. (2017). Learning ACT (2nd edition). Oakland, CA: New Harbinger.
  • Hayes, S. C., Strosahl, K., & Wilson, K. G. (2012). Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: The process and practice of mindful change (2nd edition). New York: Guilford Press.
Day 2 | ACT Model and Methods | Robyn Walser
  • Describe the state of ACT as an evidence-based treatment.
  • Describe and demonstrate use of perspective-taking and its relationship to creating flexibility.
  • Describe and demonstrate how committed action and values clarification work together in creating meaning and behavioral goals.
  • Explain how ACT can address multiple clinical issues and presenting problems.
  • Define the essential characteristics of the therapeutic relationship from an ACT point of view, including intrapersonal and interpersonal processes.
  • Describe the ACT therapeutic stance.
  • Describe and demonstrate the ACT therapeutic relationship and its core competencies.

References:

  • 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.
  • Luoma, J., Hayes, S. C., & Walser, R. (2017). Learning ACT (2nd edition). Oakland, CA: New Harbinger.
  • Hayes, S. C., Strosahl, K., & Wilson, K. G. (2012). Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: The process and practice of mindful change (2nd edition). New York: Guilford Press.
Day 3 | The Therapeutic Relationship | Steven Hayes, PhD
  • Describe the role of acceptance and mindfulness processes in mindful interviewing.
  • Describe the role of values and committed action processes in mindful interviewing.
  • Facilitate mindful interviewing with values content.
  • Facilitate mindful interviewing with painful content.
  • Describe the role of perspective-taking in the mindful interview.
  • Use shifts in perspective-taking to facilitate mindful engagement in values work.
  • Use shifts in perspective-taking to facilitate self-compassion in the face of suffering.

References:

  • Hayes, S. C., Strosahl, K., & Wilson, K. G. (2012). Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: The process and practice of mindful change (2nd edition). New York: Guilford Press.
  • Wilson, K., & DuFrene, T. (2009). Mindfulness for Two. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications.
  • Wilson, K. & DuFrene, T. (2010). Things might go terribly, horribly wrong. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications.
Day 4 | Skills-Building Intensive | Steven C. Hayes
  • Describe how psychological flexibility processes apply to the therapeutic relationship.
  • Describe the three overall and essential functions of the ACT clinician regarding psychological flexibility in the therapy session.
  • Describe at least one way of reading each flexibility process as it shows up in session.
  • Demonstrate the ability to detect flexibility-relevant material in session.
  • Describe at least one generally useful method of opening the door to each of the flexibility processes in session.
  • Demonstrate the ability to shift the focus to any flexibility target.
  • Demonstrate the ability to respond to any client statement from any flexibility process.

References:

  • Luoma, J., Hayes, S. C., & Walser, R. (2017). Learning ACT (2nd edition). Oakland, CA: New Harbinger.
  • Hayes, S. C., Strosahl, K., & Wilson, K. G. (2012). Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: The process and practice of mindful change (2nd edition). New York: Guilford Press.
  • Hayes, S. C., & Lillis, J. (2012) Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Washington, DC: American Psychology Association.

Continuing Education

Please review complete CE and conflict-of-interest disclosure information prior to registering. This live in person course is jointly sponsored by Praxis CET and Institute for Better Health (IBH) and is approved for up to 32 CE Hours by the following listed below. Each session must be attended in full in order to earn credit for that session. 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:
  • Drug and Alcohol Counselors:Indicated courses have been approved by Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for 1 CE hour per hour attended. NAADAC Provider #165310, Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc, is responsible for all aspects of its programming.
  • Behavior Analysts:PraxisCET is an approved BACB ACE Provider # OP-17-2718.
  • National Counselors: Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc. has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6759. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc. is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
  • NY Social Workers:Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0467
  • NY Counselors:Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0198.
  • NY Psychologists:Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0002.
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 activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™ per hour attended. 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).
  • 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.
  • Social Workers please note:In many states, you may be able to self-submit this course to your board. Many states have reciprocity with other approvals offered for this course such as APA, NBCC, or NY State Social Work. Please check with your individual board for further information on what is acceptable.

Prerequisites

None.

Audience

For mental health professionals, beginner to advanced.

Recommended Reading

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

Harris, R. (2009). ACT made simple: An easy-to-read primer on acceptance and commitment therapy. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications.

References

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

Hayes, S. C., Strosahl, K., & Wilson, K. G. (2012). Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: The process and practice of mindful change (2nd edition). New York, NY: Guilford Press.

Walser, R. D. (20013). 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.

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 contact us at events@praxiscet.com to cancel a registration.

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October 21–24, 2021
8:00am–4:30pm
DoubleTree by Hilton Denver
3203 Quebec Street
Denver, Colorado 80207
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