Seminar Detail

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Made Easy

Friday, June 20, 2014 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Course Description:

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is an innovative and evidence-based approach that offers a new way for you to achieve positive therapeutic outcomes with difficult-to-treat clients. Join experienced ACT trainer Douglas Fogel, Psy.D., as he delivers an exercise and technique-heavy course that will give you the tools needed to more effectively treat clients with depression, anxiety, trauma, and the personality disorders.

Dr. Fogel will teach you the main concepts of ACT, including mindfulness, acceptance, and defusion – demonstrating how these create greater psychological flexibility. Discover a variety of techniques for helping clients who are struggling to make difficult behavior changes due to the presence of painful thoughts, feelings and memories. You will learn how to effectively use metaphors, custom techniques and experiential exercises to help your clients identify their values and translate them into behavior goals. Through case examples, video clips, and role-play you will be able to integrate an ACT perspective in your practice tomorrow!

  1. Define ACT concepts such as experiential avoidance and cognitive defusion.
  2. Illustrate the role of psychological flexibility in ACT and list techniques for increasing it.
  3. Identify how to reduce experiential avoidance by implementing emotional and behavioral willingness techniques with clients.
  4. Show how ACT incorporates elements of exposure therapy to reduce experiential avoidance.
  5. Summarize core ACT concepts through the use of role playing, case examples and clinical videos.
  6. Integrate ACT techniques into treatment for specific disorders including depression, anxiety, trauma and the personality disorder.


Douglas Fogel, Psy.D, has been in full-time clinical practice for the past fourteen years. He has presented a number of training seminars on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) at a nationwide level and is currently co-leading an ACT on Life group which is targeted towards teaching ACT principles to people in the local community.

He worked for ten years at Johns Hopkins University (JHU) as a Counseling Center clinician, supervisor of pre-doctoral interns and an adjunct professor for the JHU Psychology Department. More recently, Dr. Fogel has been working in private practice and is a teacher/supervisor for practicum students in the Clinical Psychology doctoral program at Loyola University.

Dr. Fogel is finishing his first book titled Why Psychotherapy Works (And How to Do It). An overarching focus of the book, which has a strong ACT influence, is on establishing greater emotional integration with the goal of increasing behavioral flexibility and willingness as successfully doing this allows clients to take their lives in a more values-oriented direction.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Douglas Fogel is in private practice. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Douglas Fogel has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
Credits listed below are for full attendance at the live event only. After attendance has been verified, pre-registered attendees will receive an email from PESI Customer Service with the subject line, “Evaluation and Certificate” within one week. This email will contain a link to complete the seminar evaluation and allow attendees to print, email or download a certificate of completion if in full attendance. For those in partial attendance (arrived late or left early), a letter of attendance is available through that link and an adjusted certificate of completion reflecting partial credit will be issued within 30 days (if your board allows). Please see “live seminar schedule” for full attendance start and end times. NOTE: Boards do not allow credit for breaks or lunch.

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Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

The planning committee and staff who controlled the content of this activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose. For speaker disclosures, please see speaker bios.

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