ACT 3: Mastering ACT – Seattle

Bridging the Gap between Conceptual Understanding and Practical Application

CE Hours available ( How do I get my CE? )
Robyn D. Walser, PhD Renowned author, researcher, and master ACT trainer

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.

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.

*No room block is available for this workshop.


Friday, August 30

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
Saturday, August 31

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
  • Q & A

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:
  1. Describe what is meant by therapeutic presence from an ACT perspective.
  2. Explain what is meant by ACT processes in the therapeutic relationship.
  3. Explain what is meant by ACT processes from the perspective of personal internal experience and how it is relevant to therapy.
  4. Explain what is meant by ACT processes and their flexible use with respect to the six core components of ACT.
  5. Describe barriers to fluid implementation of ACT and how to work through these barriers in an ACT consistent fashion.
  6. List the six pathological processes and aspects of how they function in the client’s life as well as recognizing how to consider which ACT process applies given the pathological process.
  7. Describe how core ACT processes and aspects of their function should be addressed and explored in session.
  8. Describe how the use of ACT interventions reveal the flow and non-toxic nature of private experience and how this can promote therapeutic change.
  9. Describe the role of personal values in guiding the work done in ACT therapy and how to apply it across sessions.
  10. Explain how ACT metaphors and experiential exercises can be tailored to fit the client’s experience and language practices including the social and cultural contexts.
  11. Explain the importance of undefended choice as held by the ACT model.
  12. Describe how ACT techniques are broadly useful for intervening with multi-problem patients dealing with a number of life issues.
  13. List the benefits of mindfulness as a practice as well as an ongoing process during session, including how it can be used to cultivate compassion.

Continuing Education

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 13 CE Hours by the following:

  • APA – Psychologists
  • BACB – Behavior Analysts
  • ASWB – National Social Workers
  • NBCC – National Counselors
  • NY State – Counselors and Social Workers
  • Other State Level Counselors, MFTs, and Social Workers
  • WESPSB- Educators
  • ACCME – Physicians
  • ANCC – Nurses


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.

August 30–31, 2019

Available Discounts

  • Groups of 3 or more professionals receive 20% off at checkout
  • Register before July 19 for a $50 discount.
  • Student registrations are not eligible for ANY discounts
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