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

A Personalized Training Experience

16
CE Hours available ( How do I get my CE? )
Lou Lasprugato, MFT Peer-reviewed ACT trainer and therapist

About This Course

Have you had some training in acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), yet are longing for a personalized approach to furthering your competency? 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 multifaceted training forum that will utilize self-assessment, deliberate practice, and functional feedback to help you discover and expand upon your “growth edge”, or the area that lies just outside of your existing skillset.

Through 8 online sessions you will:
  • Learn to develop on-the-fly functional analysis that will serve to create a feedback loop between client and clinician so that you can 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: the therapeutic stance and the three pillars of openness, awareness, and engagement.
  • Identify personal consistencies and inconsistencies within the key clinical domains so that you can focus on improving the specific skills that are most relevant to you.
  • Learn how to incorporate ACT-based feedback-informed care within your clinical practice with the Flexibility and Alliance Session Tool (FAST).
  • 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 focusing first on approach, analysis, and interventions from a contextual behavioral perspective, incorporating mechanisms of change from functional analytic psychotherapy (FAP), and then transitioning to the respective ACT-FM domains while integrating perspectives from evolutionary science. You’ll explore how relational frame theory (RFT) informs how language and cognition are approached and utilized within the therapeutic relationship to promote agency, efficacy, and flexibility of the self.

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.

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.

Schedule

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

Overview / Deliberate Practice

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

An EPIC Approach

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

On-The-Fly 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

The 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
  • NY State – Counselors and Social Workers
  • Other State Level Counselors, MFTs, and Social Workers
  • WESPSB – Educators
  • ACCME – Physicians
  • ANCC – Nurses
  • NASW - This activity is pending approval from the National Association of Social Workers
  • 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.

Prerequisites

Attendees should have had at least introductory ACT training

Audience

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.

References

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 events@praxiscet.com to cancel a registration.