Fierce, Fabulous, and Female

Engage and Empower Women through Acceptance and Mindfulness

CE Hours available ( How do I get my CE? )
Rikke Kjelgaard, MSc Licensed psychologist and peer-reviewed ACT trainer

About This Course

Every day, women all over the world realize that the hopes they have for themselves are in conflict with the messages that women have been receiving from the world around them: that a woman’s voice is somehow less important, or that being strong, powerful, and outspoken is just not appropriate or attractive for a woman. Thanks to the efforts of many fierce women and men, these messages are finally beginning to change in some contexts.

Still, numerous women are held back from living their full potential by compelling beliefs about their own strength, capabilities, worth, importance, beauty, and competency. Many women also experience a lack of confidence and courage to be who they want to be and to stand up for themselves when needed.

This online course applies acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) processes to help women empower themselves.

Throughout the course, you as a health professional will have the opportunity to work on empowerment through the various processes of psychological flexibility: acceptance, defusion, present moment, self-as-context, values, and committed action. In addition to this, we will work on values-based assertiveness training and practicing compassionate self-care.

You are invited to do experiential work from the inside out, and to practice powerful ACT techniques to empower yourself as a health professional, as well as empowering your clients. Through small group work and a series of experiential exercises, you will build the foundation needed to broaden your skills base and to grow as both a clinician and person.

The focus of this course will be on turning struggle into strength by working on empowerment through skill-building practices rather than dwelling on a history of inequality, suppressing of women, or other female challenges.

Prior to registering, please review speaker-planner conflict of interest disclosures and complete CE information. Participants must attend the training in full and complete the course evaluation in order to earn CE credit. No partial credit will be given.


Session 1: November 7, 2019, 1 pm-3 pm EST
ACT with Girl Power: An Introduction to ACT and How It Can Be Used in a Context of Empowerment
Session 2: November 14, 2019, 1 pm-3 pm EST
Dare to Be Your Most Courageous Self: Applying the ACT Hexaflex to Bravery
Session 3: November 21, 2019, 1 pm-3 pm EST
Fabulous Firmness: Using Values-Based Assertiveness Skills to Stand up for Yourself and Set Healthy Boundaries
Session 4: December 5, 2019, 1 pm-3 pm EST
Communicate like a Pro: Discovering and Expressing Your Deepest Needs
Session 5: December 12, 2019, 1 pm-3 pm EST
Real Queens Fix Each Other’s Crowns: How to Turn Female Competition into Networks of Support
Session 6: December 19, 2019, 1 pm-3 pm EST
Fierce Compassion: Discover, Plan, and Execute Practices of Compassionate Self-Care

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:
  1. Describe the basics of the ACT model and how it relates to female empowerment.
  2. Explore your own vulnerability and the strengths associated with it.
  3. Apply the ACT hexaflex to the concept of bravery to advance your behavioral repertoire.
  4. Describe values-based assertiveness and demonstrate assertiveness skills to create healthy boundaries.
  5. Discriminate between workable and unworkable excuses and explanations.
  6. Assess your needs and practice expressing these clearly to increase the likelihood of having your needs met by others.
  7. Describe the important role of female support systems and building networks of practice opportunities.
  8. Train and implement compassionate skills in the service of cultivating the competencies of compassion and self-care.

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:

  • APA – Psychologists
  • ASWB – National Social Workers
  • NBCC – National Counselors
  • NY State – Counselors and Social Workers
  • Other State Level Counselors, MFTs, and Social Workers
  • ACCME – Physicians
  • ANCC – Nurses
  • WESPSB- Educators


Some experience with ACT might be helpful but not necessary to participate.


For mental health professionals: beginners through intermediate and on to advanced practitioners. The course will be appropriate for clinicians of any background, but professionals with ACT and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) training may find the concepts more familiar and readily user-friendly.

Recommended Reading

Harris, R. (2019). ACT Made Simple, 2nd Edition. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger.

Kolts, R. L., Bell, T., Bennett-Levy, J., & Irons, C. (2018). Experiencing Compassion-Focused Therapy from the Inside Out. A Self-Practice/Self-Reflection Workbook for Therapists. Guilford Publications.


Breines, J. G., & Chen, S. (2012). Self-compassion increases self-improvement motivation. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin 38 (9):1133–43. DOI:10.1177/0146167212445599.

A-tjak, J. G., Davis, M. L., Morina, N., Powers, M. B., Smits, J. A., & Emmelkamp, P. M. (2015). A meta-analysis of the efficacy of acceptance and commitment therapy for clinically relevant mental and physical health problems. Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, 84(1), 30-36.

Stevenson, O., Allen, A. B. (2016). Women’s empowerment: Finding strength in self-
compassion. Women & Health; 1-16. DOI: 10.1080/03630242.2016.1164271.

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 prior to 14 days before an event/course. If a registrant would like to cancel their registration within 14 days of the event, no refund will be offered. However, the registrant can elect to receive a credit to be used toward another Praxis event within 1 calendar year.