Focused ACT Lab
Please note: space in this lab is limited! If the training is full, feel free to inquire about our waitlist.
Any clinician who has incorporated focused acceptance and commitment therapy (FACT) into their work knows how powerful the model can be for catalyzing change, even in the first visit.
We’ve heard many stories from clinicians describing the fulfilling experience of using their newfound approach to brief interventions and how it has made a real difference in their clients’ lives.
And we’ve also heard from practitioners who have encountered challenges that left them with thoughts like:
“If I could just practice these techniques a little, I’d feel more comfortable using them,”
Or, “I’m not sure how to implement FACT in complex cases,”
If you’ve found yourself looking to build upon your FACT training and want an opportunity to develop your clinical skills, then we invite you to join us for our new training: Focused ACT Lab.
This unique new online training is designed to help you gain the fluency you need to use FACT assessment, case conceptualization, intervention strategies, and support tools on a day-to-day basis — so you can help more people in less time.
About the Course
Designed for practitioners who’ve completed a training with FACT co-founders Dr. Kirk Strosahl and Dr. Patti Robinson and are ready to dive deeper into the model, this live online course will encourage exploration and experimentation of FACT within a safe and supportive learning-centric environment.
Over 4 interactive sessions, you’ll actively engage with the FACT principles through practice in role-plays, experiential activities, and case conceptualizations. The first of these sessions introduces an organization tool that will help you deepen your FACT work by improving your skills for using reframing to move the client from an avoidance to an approach stance. After a brief lecture and a demonstration, you will use the CARE Checklist to support your practice with a learning partner.
Each weekly lab will start with a brief review of didactic materials before diving into clinical demonstrations — including a specific focus on complex cases (such as trauma, self-destructive/suicidal behavior, anxiety, addictive behaviors, and mood dysfunction).
You’ll then join other course participants for structured skill-based practice so you can explore the tools and concepts used in the demonstrations from the inside out. This will be the perfect opportunity to practice concepts such as the pillars of psychological flexibility or the four square tool.
After taking a deeper dive into the use of powerful FACT tools — such as the pillars of psychological flexibility and the four square tool — you’ll have the chance to reflect on your successes and challenges with Dr. Strosahl and Dr. Robinson and explore them as a group.
Each session will resolve with the opportunity to debrief what you’ve learned, ask questions, and open up further exploration through additional role-play demonstrations highlighting “second-level” principles.
In addition, Dr. Strosahl and Dr. Robinson will introduce new material not covered in the on-demand course — including the CARE model for organizing sessions and as a framework for teaching FACT to colleagues.
Through the demonstration of key principles, breakout practice sessions, discussions, debriefs, and Q&A, you’ll find new ways to thoroughly embody the material — and do so in an atmosphere that is open, fun, flexible, and engaging.
We hope you’ll join us for this unique immersive experience as we practice, question, explore, and grow together as like-minded clinicians in the service of helping clients live better and more meaningful lives.
This training is worth 8 CE credit hours if attended live. While we can only provide CE to those who are present – i.e. logged in – for all live sessions, Praxis webinars are recorded for later viewing. Registrants may access these recordings at any time for up to nine months from the conclusion of the training to which they pertain.
Prior to registering, please click here to review speaker-planner conflict of interest disclosures and complete CE information.
Session 1: November 15, 2022, 1 PM—3 PM EST
- Hour 1: Cutting through complexity by creating predictable session “flow” and moving core processes of psychological flexibility
- Hour 2: Practice
Session 2: November 29, 2022, 1 PM—3 PM EST
- Hour 1: Using FACT as a framework for addressing complex cases
- Hour 2: Practice
Session 3: December 6, 2022, 1 PM—3 PM EST
- Hour 1: Describe the FACT approach to building mindful awareness of the body and of the present moment
- Hour 2: Practice
Session 4: December 13, 2022, 1 PM—3 PM EDT
- Hour 1: Relationship of psychological flexibility and personal resilience and professional burnout
- Hour 2: Practice
At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to:
- Demonstrate the core ingredients of the CARE algorithm for organizing efficient and effective FACT visits.
- Articulate FACT consistent conceptualization and advanced intervention strategies for both common and complex clinical problems seen in practice.
- Discuss how to deliver efficient and effective “here, now” interventions based in a five-facet model of mindful awareness of the body and the present moment.
- Describe ways to seamlessly incorporate trauma and other high risk client factors into a “here and now” intervention framework
- Identify how to collaboratively design powerful, value based behavioral experiments with complex, multi-problem clients
Please review complete CE and conflict-of-interest disclosure information prior to registering. This live online course is sponsored by Praxis Continuing Education and Training and is approved for 8 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:
Joint Accreditation: In support of improving patient care, Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
IPCE: This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive 8 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credit for learning and change.
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Arroll, B. Frischtak, H., Roskvist, R. et. al. (2021). FACT effectiveness in primary care: A single visit RCT for depressive symptoms. The International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine. 1, 1-12. DOI: 10.1177/00912174211010536
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