The Institute for Better Health in joint-sponsorship with Praxis Continuing Education & Training

Focused ACT for Brief Interventions

Kirk Strosahl, PhD & Patricia Robinson, PhD

16 CE/CME credits available
Please read the complete course information below prior to registering.

Target Audience:

This course is for psychologists, social workers, nurses, physicians, counselors, and other healthcare professionals working in private practice and primary care, treating adults with anxiety, depression, and life stresses. Participants should have a basic understanding of ACT principles and should ideally have read at least one book on Brief Interventions or ACT. This is a beginner-level activity.

Schedule: (16 hours total)

1. Introduction of FACT foundations, including theory, measurement, and assessment (143 Min)
2. Bridging assessment, conceptualization, and intervention (147 Min)
3. Promoting client behavioral variability and clinician skill development (109 Min)
4. Exploring the FACT flow in initial and follow-up visits, Finer Points of FACT Work (123 Min)
5. Using Metaphors in FACT Work (91 Min)
6. Serving complex patients, growing clinician resilience (197 Min)
7. Using FACT with Children and Adolescents (75 Min)
8. Dealing with resistance in clients and strategies for building willingness and motivation (75 Min)

Overall Objectives:

At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the goal of delivering FACT to clients
  2. Define experiential and behavioral avoidance
  3. Describe the FACT approach to functional assessment
  4. List questions of the Contextual Interview Checklist
  5. Use the Four Square to sort patient behaviors in categories of workable/supporting life values and not-working/attempting to control or avoid problems
  6. Use the Pillars Assessment Tool to identify one or more intervention targets (open, aware, engaged)
  7. Use the confidence question to evaluate a behavioral experiment and to inform any needed changes to the proposed experiment
  8. Ask the helpfulness question at the end of a FACT visit and explore the client’s response
  9. Identify differences between the steps of an initial and follow-up FACT visit
  10. Use question lists to guide exploration of the two essential areas in FACT follow-up visits
  11. Discuss methods for engaging clients who do not complete planned behavioral experiments
  12. List 6 clinician qualities that support FACT work
  13. Describe the value of using metaphors in FACT work
  14. Discuss how to use both the Bull's-eye and Life Path Intervention with clients
  15. Describe how FACT may be helpful to clients facing greater complexity
  16. Provide examples of how a FACT clinician would respond to a client who returned for follow-up and reported thoughts of suicide
  17. Explain how greater psychological flexibility can support clinician resilience
  18. Use the Focused Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Self-Assessment Tool (FACT-CAT) to identify targets for future learning
Grievance Procedures for CE/CME Activities

Should a participant in the course be unsatisfied with the course, the participant should immediately contact our customer support team to file a grievance. Within five days, a customer support team member will contact the participant by email and/or phone and attempt to resolve the issue.

We will investigate and assess the issue from the perspective of the participant and every effort will be made to resolve the issue. If the issue is not resolved to the satisfaction of the participant, the participant will be offered a refund per the Refund and Cancellation Policy guidelines.

To file a grievance, please contact us at

ADA Accommodations

To request accommodations for disabilities, please contact Praxis Continuing Education at

Contact Information:

The Focused ACT for Brief Interventions team can be contacted at

Praxis Continuing Education
5674 Shattuck Avenue
Oakland, CA 94609 USA

CE/CME Information:

This is a non-live distancing learning course that is jointly sponsored by Praxis CET and The Institute Better Health (IBH). This course is approved for 16 CE hours. The continuing education program has been approved by the organizations listed below.

Institute for Better Health maintains responsibility for:

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 16 clock hours for this activity. Please contact your individual state boards for information regarding reciprocity and any additional requirements.

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. Provider approved by the CA Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP#2672) for 16 CEHs.

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 internet enduring material 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 for psychologists. Institute for Better Health maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

NATIONAL SOCIAL WORK (NASW): This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval # 886825109-7458) for 16 continuing education contact hours.

Praxis Continuing Education and Training maintains responsibility for:

SUBSTANCE ABUSE COUNSELORS: This course has 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. This course is approved for 16 CE hours for clinical social work.

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. This course is approved for 16 CE hours.

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. This course is approved for 16 CE hours.

NOTE: Many state boards accept offerings accredited by national or other state organizations. If your state is not listed, please check with your professional licensing board to determine whether the accreditations listed are accepted.

CE Course Launch Date: 2/2021

Expiration Date/Next scheduled review date: 2/2024

Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships

The Institute for Better Health Inc. is responsible for the content, quality, and scientific integrity of all CE/CME activities certified for credit. When an educational activity is offered for medical (CME), Nursing (UNA-ANCC), and/or Psychology (APA) continuing education credit, participants must be informed as to the source, amount, nature, and disposition of any funding used to support the activity, whether in the form of educational grants, cash contributions, or in-kind contributions.

Individuals in a position to influence course content must also disclose whether they have one or more relevant financial relationships with individuals and companies who have a financial interest in activity content.

All those in a position to control the content of an education activity are asked to disclose any relevant financial relationships they have with any commercial interest.

There is no commercial support for this activity.

The speakers/planner have no relevant financial relationships to disclose. 

How to Obtain Your CE/CME Certificate:

After completing the course, please follow these steps to access your course evaluation, post-test (when applicable), and CE certificate. To receive credit, you must complete the course in full, pass the post-test with an average score of 80% or higher, and complete the course evaluation. No partial credit will be awarded. Please read through all of the instructions below before proceeding.  

  1. Once you have completed all the modules and have taken the post-test for each module, go to the “Evaluation” tab on the course menu.
  2. If you have passed the post-tests with an average score of 80% or higher, the course feedback evaluation will be made available to you on the Evaluation page. You will be allowed to retake each post-test only once if you do not pass with an 80% or higher average.
  3. After submitting the feedback evaluation, a button will appear that will allow you to download your certificate.

We encourage members to submit the feedback evaluation within 6 months of course completion to earn their CE certificate.

Technical Requirements:

In order to complete this course, attendees will need: 

  • A computer with a monitor, keyboard, and a mouse or a mobile device/tablet
  • Speakers/headphones: either built‐in to your computer/device or external (plugged into your computer)
  • An internet connection, either wired or wireless. A minimum connection speed of 3 megabits is required to stream clear, standard definition video.
  • The course is supported on most up-to-date internet browsers (Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Brave, etc.)
  • A PDF viewer such as Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • An email address
  • [Optional] A printer or access to a printer (to print any of the PDFs, if desired)
  • [Optional] A Facebook account for access to the Focused ACT for Brief Interventions community group

1) Robinson, P. J., Von Korff, M., Bush, T., Lin, E. H. B., & Ludman, E. J. (2020). The impact of Primary Care Behavioral Health services on patient behaviors: A randomized controlled trial. Family Systems and Health, 38(1), 6-15. 

2) Strosahl, K. D., & Robinson, P. J. (2018). Adapting Empirically Supported Treatments in the Era of Integrated Care: A Roadmap for Success. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice. DOI: 10.1111/cpsp.12246

3) Robinson, P. J., Oyemaja, J., Beachy, B., Goodie, J., Bell, J., Sprague, L., Maples, M. & Ward, C. (2018). Creating a primary care workforce: Strategies for leaders, clinicians, and nurses. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, 20 (3). DOI 10.1007/s10880-017-9530-y 

4) Robinson, P. J. (2015). Contextual Behavioral Science: Primary Care. Current Opinions in Psychology, Elsevier.