Feedback-Enhanced ACT

Practical skill-building workshop

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

About This Course

Growing as a practitioner is not an automatic process.

Counter to what one might expect, studies have shown that practitioner experience and time in the field alone do not determine better client outcomes.

Real, meaningful growth is about more than just learning new theory and techniques. It requires adapting in response to what you’ve learned through regular feedback.

A chef, for instance, may spend years learning and practicing their craft. But if they never taste their food or hear reactions from diners, they will never improve.

For mental health practitioners, the same principle applies:

While it is very important to expand the clinical "toolkit" through trainings on skills and theory, it's also important to learn how to integrate feedback in a functional way so that you can continuously adapt and improve.

This course is built with just that sort of training in mind.

Designed for practitioners who utilize acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) in their practice, this live online course aims 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.

Through in-depth instruction, you’ll explore 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).

You’ll learn to gauge your clinical development with the ACT-FM (Fidelity Measure), which assesses competency in four key clinical domains: therapeutic stance, openness, awareness, and engagement.

Each session will include experiential breakouts guided by your own experience and focusing on the areas you’d most like to improve. You’ll have ample opportunities (multiple exemplars) to learn through observation, practice, and feedback in a reinforcing, team-based environment.

You’ll also learn practical methods for utilizing functional and direct feedback with clients, equipping you to constantly improve within your own practice.

Through 8 interactive 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.
  • Practice transforming the function of your client’s experiences by altering their context through relational framing and process-based interventions.
  • 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.
  • Identify personal consistencies and inconsistencies so you can focus on improving the specific skills most relevant to you.
  • Broaden and enhance your ACT repertoire with key evolutionary processes.
  • Explore how to adapt these strategies in a telehealth context.
Join us online and learn how a feedback-enhanced approach can help you confidently take on the most challenging aspects of your ACT work, and cultivate meaningful, ongoing growth in your practice.

This training is worth 16 CE credit hours if attended live. While we can only provide CE to those who are present – i.e. logged in – for live presentation(s), all Praxis webinars are recorded for later viewing. Registrants may then access these recordings at any time for up to six months from the conclusion of the training to which they pertain.

Prior to registering, please review speaker-planner conflict of interest disclosures and complete CE information.

Schedule

Session 1 | January 14, 2022, 4 PM—6 PM EST

Deliberate Practice / Functional Feedback

Session 2 | January 21, 2022, 4 PM—6 PM EST

EPIC Approach / Transforming Function

Session 3 | January 28, 2022, 4 PM—6 PM EST

Process-Based Functional Analysis

Session 4 | February 4, 2022, 4 PM—6 PM EST

Shaping Behavior / Interventions

Session 5 | February 11, 2022, 4 PM—6 PM EST

Therapeutic Stance / Alliance

Session 6 | February 18, 2022, 4 PM—6 PM EST

Openness / Relational Variation

Session 7 | February 25, 2021, 4 PM—6 PM EST

Awareness / Context Sensitivity

Session 8 | March 4, 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 deliberate practice.
  2. Discuss how to incorporate both observed and verbalized functional feedback to sharpen clinical skills.
  3. Detect functions of stimuli and responses that directly limit or liberate behavioral repertoires.
  4. Demonstrate how to facilitate transformations of function through an experiential, pragmatic, integrative, and contextual approach.
  5. Accurately assess subtle shifts in psychological flexibility across six dimensions.
  6. Utilize on-the-fly functional analysis to more flexibly target processes in-the-moment.
  7. Demonstrate how to shape psychological flexibility through modeling, evoking, and reinforcing behavior.
  8. Identify consistent and inconsistent behaviors with respect to the ACT therapeutic stance.
  9. Identify how to increase proficiency in working with the three ACT pillars of openness, awareness, and engagement.
  10. Discuss ways to apply fundamental principles from contextual behavioral and evolutionary sciences to increase precision, scope, and depth of therapeutic interventions.

Continuing Education

Please review complete CE and conflict-of-interest disclosure information prior to registering. This live online course is jointly sponsored by Praxis CET and Institute for Better Health (IBH) and is approved for 16 CE Hours by the following listed below. There was no commercial support for this activity. None of the planners or presenters for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s) to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

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 16 CE hours. NAADAC Provider #165310, Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc, is responsible for all aspects of its programming.
  • 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 internet activity for a maximum of 16 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™. 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.
  • National Social Workers:This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval # 886825109-7164) for 16 continuing education contact hours.

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.