Empowering Women: Psychological Flexibility, Equity, and Growing Your Voice in the Service of Values

CE Hours available ( How do I get my CE? )
Robyn Walser, PhD Renowned author, researcher, and master ACT trainer
Aisling Leonard-Curtin, MSc, C.Psychol, PsSI Peer-reviewed ACT trainer, author, and gender and sexual minority care expert

About This Course

Empowering women is a vintage problem - meaning it is an old issue, recognized and of enduring interest and importance. The #MeToo and #TimesUp movements have brought this age-old struggle to the forefront in contexts around the world, but many are still surprised by the level of inequality that continues to exist between men and women. Despite the longstanding suffering endured and progress made by women throughout history, issues of discrimination and equal treatment remain a mountainous challenge. The problem is complex, present even in areas that would seem to be oriented to healthy behavior change. The field of psychology and mental health, for instance, continues to bear inequities ranging from discrimination inside of graduate training and psychological organizations to disparities in pay and recognition, while further disparities concerning risk factors and treatment of mental health issues continue to plague women in most nations.

This workshop will explore how psychological flexibility and the acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) approach can contribute to the lessening of all human suffering, but most specifically how it can support and be a catalyst for equity and change in the contextual factors that create disparities for women. The value of choice will be examined from a psychological flexibility perspective, as will the barriers to it, and experiential work designed to support empowering women will be conducted. This workshop will focus on the voice of women using didactic and interactive exercises, supporting them in choosing how they behave and how they spend their time as an essential part of creating their personal life meaning.

The difficulties connected to gender inequity are intertwined and co-occurrent with gender-based roles as well as stressors and negative life experiences. Events such as violence and circumstances like socioeconomic disadvantage, low income and income inequality, low or subordinate social status and rank and unremitting responsibility for the care of others each play a role. Women suffer discrimination related to their weight, height, age, use of societally dictated clothing, level of education and economic status. In any organization, community, or society that values the rights of those they serve, in any community that aspires to justice, equality is critical.

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.


Session 1 | Friday, October 9, 2020, 12 PM—3 PM EDT

Session 2 | Saturday, October 10, 2020, 12 PM—3 PM EDT

Session 3 | Friday, October 23, 2020, 12 PM—3 PM EDT

Session 4 | Saturday, October 24, 2020, 12 PM—3 PM EDT

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Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:
  1. Describe the impact of inequity related to understanding women’s psychological experience.
  2. Explain how human language participates in suffering and oppression related to women’s mental health issues and how it is linked to its broader societal fallout.
  3. Describe the impact of trauma and violence in a society that discriminates against women.
  4. Describe how the 6 core processes of ACT can be used to empower women in treatment and their social contexts.
  5. Describe how the three pillars of ACT support and sustain women’s empowerment.
  6. Explain the challenges of defusion and acceptance as it pertains to inequity.
  7. Describe how inequities have influenced women’s sexual behavior and acceptance of self.
  8. Describe how ACT can support and sustain empowerment in the area of sexuality and person choices about sex.
  9. Explain the impact of inequity on the LGBTQ+ experience.
  10. Describe how communal values support empowerment aligned with women’s social context.
  11. Describe how values-based living can bring meaning back to seeking empowerment from a women’s perspective.

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 12 CE Hours by the following:

  • NBCC – National Counselors
  • NAADAC – Drug & Alcohol Counselors
  • NY State – Counselors and Social Workers
  • Other State Level Counselors, MFTs, and Social Workers
  • WESPSB – Educators
  • ACCME – Physicians
  • ANCC – Nurses
  • Social Work - The state of CA recognizes APA for Social Work approval
  • APA - Psychologist: Institute for Better Health, Inc is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education for psychologists. Institute for Better Health, Inc maintains responsibility for the program and its content.




Mental Health professionals including psychologists, physicians, social workers, counselors, psychiatrists, nurse practitioners and more (Beginner-Intermediate Level)

Recommended Reading



King, E. B., Hebl, M. R., George, J. M., & Matusik, S. F. (2010). Understanding tokenism: Antecedents and consequences of a psychological climate of gender inequity. Journal of Management, 36(2), 482-510.

Davies, S. G., McGregor, J., Pringle, J., & Giddings, L. (2018). Rationalizing pay inequity: women engineers, pervasive patriarchy and the neoliberal chimera. Journal of gender Studies, 27(6), 623-636.

Belle, D., & Doucet, J. (2003). Poverty, inequality, and discrimination as sources of depression among US women. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 27(2), 101-113.

Yu, S. (2018). Uncovering the hidden impacts of inequality on mental health: a global study. Translational psychiatry, 8(1), 1-10.

Tolman, D. L. (2012). Female adolescents, sexual empowerment and desire: A missing discourse of gender inequity. Sex Roles, 66(11-12), 746-757.

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 events@praxiscet.com to cancel a registration.