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

16
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.
  • 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.
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.

Schedule

Session 1 | September 10, 2021, 4 PM—6 PM EDT

Deliberate Practice / Functional Feedback

Session 2 | September 17, 2021, 4 PM—6 PM EDT

EPIC Approach / Transforming Function

Session 3 | September 24, 2021, 4 PM—6 PM EDT

Process-Based Functional Analysis

Session 4 | October 1, 2021, 4 PM—6 PM EDT

Shaping Behavior / Interventions

Session 5 | October 8, 2021, 4 PM—6 PM EDT

Therapeutic Stance / Alliance

Session 6 | October 15, 2021, 4 PM—6 PM EDT

Openness / Relational Variation

Session 7 | October 22, 2021, 4 PM—6 PM EDT

Awareness / Context Sensitivity

Session 8 | October 29, 2021, 4 PM—6 PM EDT

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. All the planners/presenters have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

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.