Unpacking Perfectionism

Helping others and oneself with flexibility and self-compassion

8
CE Hours available ( How do I get my CE? )
Jennifer Kemp, MPsych(Clinical) Clinical psychologist and author

About This Course

Unhelpful perfectionism can affect both client and therapist. Setting rigid and unattainable standards, procrastination, self-criticism, and fear of failure apply both inside and outside the therapy room. As a trans-diagnostic process, perfectionism can cause, maintain and exacerbate a wide range of mental health problems and can undermine the effectiveness of therapy.

This experiential workshop will start with a concise functional contextual behavioral formulation of perfectionism and then use this as a conceptual and framework for delivering interventions with clients. You’ll learn how to conduct a functional analysis of perfectionistic behavior, how unhelpful patterns develop, and why people persist with perfectionistic behavior patterns despite long-term negative consequences.

Across four skills-based sessions, you’ll learn how to apply the techniques and metaphors from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), mindfulness, and Compassion-Focused Therapy to address perfectionistic habits in your clients. You’ll learn how to help clients unhook from unhelpful perfectionistic behaviors, build behavioral flexibility and develop the skills of self-compassion, and in doing so, live their best (yet ‘imperfect’) lives.

Opportunities for self-reflection and the chance to practice strategies on yourself will help you develop a deeper understanding of your clients and your own unhelpful perfectionistic patterns, enhancing your own practice and wellbeing. Worksheets, activities, and mindfulness scripts will support you in putting the new skills into practice straight away.

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 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: October 7, 2021, 6 pm-8 pm EDT
Understanding Perfectionism from a Contextual Behavioral Perspective
Session 2: October 14, 2021, 6 pm-8 pm pm EDT
Fear of Failure & the Function of Perfectionism
Session 3: October 21, 2021, 6 pm-8 pm pm EDT
From Self-Criticism to Self-Compassion
Session 4: October 28, 2021, 6 pm-8 pm EDT
Becoming More than Perfect

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:
  1. Describe a clear and concise functional contextual behavioral formulation of helpful and unhelpful perfectionism.
  2. Identify the five processes of unhelpful perfectionism.
  3. Apply a behavioral framework and use functional analysis to understand the development and maintenance of unhelpful perfectionistic behavior patterns.
  4. Identify ways to implement treatment strategies that can build psychological flexibility and self-compassion in themselves and their clients.
  5. Define the PotB metaphor and provide an overview of how it can be applied to perfectionistic self-criticism
  6. Identify the three circles of compassion-focused therapy and discuss how it can be applied in session

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 8 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 8 CE hours. NAADAC Provider #165310, Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc, is responsible for all aspects of its programming.
  • Behavior Analysts:PraxisCET is an approved BACB ACE Provider # OP-17-2718.
  • 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 8 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.

Prerequisites

Participants should be familiar with the core processes of ACT.

Audience

Mental health professionals working in therapeutic practice and using ACT as part of their repertoire of interventions (Beginner-Advanced Level)

Recommended Reading

None

References

Deutsch, C. J. 1984. “Self-reported sources of stress among psychotherapists.” Professional Psychology: Research and Practice 15(6):833-845.

Egan, S. J., T. Wade, and R. Shafran. 2012. “The transdiagnostic process of perfectionism.” Spanish Journal of Clinical Psychology 17(3):279-294.

Ferrari, M., K. Yap, N. Scott, D. A. Einstein, and J. Ciarrochi. 2018. “Self-compassion moderates the perfectionism and depression link in both adolescence and adulthood.” PLOS ONE 13(2):e0192022.

Hill, A. P., and T. Curran. 2016. “Multidimensional perfectionism and burnout: A meta-analysis.” Personality and Social Psychology Review 20(3):269-288.

O’Neill, L., G. Latchford, L. M. McCracken, and C. D. Graham. 2019. “The development of the Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Fidelity Measure (ACT-FM): A delphi study and field test.” Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science.

Ong, C. W., J. L. Barney, T. S. Barrett, E. B. Lee, M. E. Levin, and M. P. Twohig. 2019. “The role of psychological inflexibility and self-compassion in acceptance and commitment therapy for clinical perfectionism.” Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science 13:7-16.

Ong, C., E. Lee, J. Krafft, C. Terry, T. Barrett, M. Levin, and M. Twohig. 2019. “A randomized controlled trial of acceptance and commitment therapy for clinical perfectionism.” Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders 22:100444.

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.