Feedback-Enhanced ACT: Shaping Psychological Flexibility On-The-Fly

CE Hours available ( How do I get my CE? )
Lou Lasprugato, MFT Peer-reviewed ACT trainer and therapist

About This Course

Are you longing for a personalized approach to furthering your competency in acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)? Do you find yourself missing opportunities to affect behavioral change in-the-moment? Do you have blind spots or skill deficits that you’d like to specifically target and improve upon? This innovative live online course is designed to deepen, broaden, and sharpen your clinical skills in ACT. ACBS peer-reviewed trainer, Lou Lasprugato, will facilitate a collaborative and supportive training forum that will focus on self-assessment, deliberate practice, and functional feedback. You’ll utilize your own experiences to discover and expand upon your “growth edge”, or the area that lies just outside of your existing skillset.

Through 8 online sessions you will:
    • Become more adept at identifying functions of stimuli and responses that directly limit or liberate our clients' lives.
    • Adopt an experiential, pragmatic, integrative, and contextual approach to therapy that naturally allows for transformations of function to occur.
    • Learn to develop on-the-fly functional analysis to more precisely and flexibly target processes in-the-moment.
    • Practice shaping psychological flexibility through modeling, evoking, and reinforcing behavior.
    • Gauge your clinical development with the ACT-FM (Fidelity Measure), which assesses competency in four key clinical domains: therapeutic stance, openness, awareness, and engagement.
    • Broaden and enhance your ACT repertoire with key evolutionary processes.
    • Explore how to adapt these strategies in a telehealth context.
After establishing the overarching learning format of the series, each session will include a short didactic. These segments will focus first on function, approach, analysis, and interventions from a contextual behavioral perspective, incorporating mechanisms of change from functional analytic psychotherapy (FAP) and the clinical application of relational frame theory (RFT) in working with language and cognition. The focus will then transition to the respective ACT-FM domains while integrating perspectives from evolutionary science. Each session will also include ample opportunities (multiple exemplars) to learn through observation, practice, and feedback.

You will leave this course with an ability to more fluidly and effectively make use of process-based functional analysis, the therapeutic alliance, and behavioral interventions designed to shape psychological flexibility with respect to client and context.


Session 1 | January 15, 2021, 4 PM—6 PM EST

Deliberate Practice / Functional Feedback

Session 2 | January 22, 2021, 4 PM—6 PM EST

EPIC Approach / Transforming Function

Session 3 | January 29, 2021, 4 PM—6 PM EST

Process-Based Functional Analysis

Session 4 | February 5, 2021, 4 PM—6 PM EST

Shaping Behavior / Interventions

Session 5 | February 12, 2021, 4 PM—6 PM EST

Therapeutic Stance / Alliance

Session 6 | February 19, 2021, 4 PM—6 PM EST

Openness / Relational Variation

Session 7 | February 26, 2021, 4 PM—6 PM EST

Awareness / Context Sensitivity

Session 8 | March 5, 2021, 4 PM—6 PM EST

Engagement / Selection and Retention

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:
  1. Describe ways to enhance clinical competency through self-assessment and purposeful practice
  2. Describe how to deliberately make use of verbalized functional feedback to sharpen clinical skills
  3. Utilize on-the-fly functional analysis to understand and influence behavior
  4. Detect in-the-moment shifts in psychological flexibility during therapeutic exchanges
  5. Discuss how to foster context sensitivity and functional coherence through an experiential, pragmatic, and integrative approach
  6. Demonstrate how to shape psychological flexibility through modeling, evoking, and reinforcing the core processes
  7. Identify at least 2 ways to strengthen the therapeutic alliance through a collaborative and compassionate stance
  8. Apply fundamental principles from contextual behavioral and evolutionary sciences to increase precision, scope, and depth of therapeutic interventions
  9. Discuss how to promote adaptation through variation, selection, and retention of new behaviors
  10. Identify how to increase proficiency in working with the three ACT pillars of openness, awareness, and engagement

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 16 CE Hours by the following:

  • NBCC – National Counselors
  • NAADAC – Drug & Alcohol Counselors
  • WESPSB – Educators
  • ACCME – Physicians
  • ANCC – Nurses
  • NASW - This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval # 886825109-7164) for 16 continuing education contact hours
  • 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.
  • NY State: Social Worker, Counselor, & Psychologists


Attendees should have had at least introductory ACT training


For practicing mental health professionals and students (Intermediate-Advanced)

Recommended Reading

Luoma, J. B., Hayes, S. C., & Walser, R. D. (2017). Learning ACT: An acceptance & commitment therapy skills-training manual for therapists. New Harbinger Publications.

Strosahl, K. D., Robinson, P. J., & Gustavsson, T. (2012). Brief interventions for radical change: Principles and practice of focused acceptance and commitment therapy. New Harbinger Publications.

Villatte, M., Villatte, J. L., & Hayes, S. C. (2015). Mastering the clinical conversation: Language as intervention. Guilford Publications.

Walser, R. D. (2019). The Heart of ACT: Developing a Flexible, Process-Based, and Client-Centered Practice Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. New Harbinger Publications.


Chow, D. L., Miller, S. D., Seidel, J. A., Kane, R. T., Thornton, J. A., & Andrews, W. P. (2015). The role of deliberate practice in the development of highly effective psychotherapists. Psychotherapy, 52(3), 337.

Hayes, Steven. (2019). Acceptance and commitment therapy: towards a unified model of behavior change. World Psychiatry. 18. 226-227. 10.1002/wps.20626.

Hayes, S. C., & Sanford, B. T. (2015). Modern psychotherapy as a multidimensional multilevel evolutionary process. Current Opinion in Psychology, 2, 16-20.

Levin, M. E., Krafft, J., Hicks, E. T., Pierce, B., & Twohig, M. P. (2020). A randomized dismantling trial of the open and engaged components of acceptance and commitment therapy in an online intervention for distressed college students. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 126, 103557.

Strosahl, K. D., Robinson, P. J., & Gustavsson, T. (2012). Brief interventions for radical change: Principles and practice of focused acceptance and commitment therapy. New Harbinger Publications.

Walser, R. D., Karlin, B. E., Trockel, M., Mazina, B., & Taylor, C. B. (2013). Training in and implementation of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for depression in the Veterans Health Administration: Therapist and patient outcomes. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 51(9), 555-563.

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 to cancel a registration.