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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: 2-Day Intensive ACT Training
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: 2-Day Intensive ACT Training

When:  Thursday, January 12, 2017 - Friday, January 13, 2017

Walk-ins Welcome, space permitting
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Course Description:

Looking to improve your therapy approach?

How often do you review your appointment calendar and start wondering how you’re going to, finally, help a regular client who seems to progress for a while – and then regress?

Each time he/she arrives, you use the same tools and techniques you’ve used for so long – and mostly successfully – but this one client is testing your skills. Now you can begin to integrate Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) into your practice – and see improved outcomes.

Researched and developed by world-renowned researcher, speaker and author Steven Hayes, PhD, ACT is fast becoming the treatment approach that gets to the heart of therapeutic relationship.

Join ACT expert, trainer and co-author with Steven Hayes of ACT in Practice, Daniel J. Moran, Ph.D., BCBA-D, for this workshop where you will develop highly practical, evidence-based skills, case conceptualization techniques and powerful strategies that will improve outcomes for the following:

  • Anxiety Issues
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Mood Disorders
  • Substance Abuse
  • Anger Management
  • Eating Disorders
  • Trauma
  • Personality Disorders

Attend this intensive, engaging and transformative workshop and start a new path for healing you can use with your most difficult clients.

Free mindfulness exercises are included! You will also receive copies of ACT-based psychological assessment tools and case conceptualization forms.
Objectives:
  1. Discuss the six basic tenets of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
  2. Recognize the problem of experiential avoidance in clinical work.
  3. Utilize acceptance approaches with each client’s avoidance problems.
  4. Apply skills in defusing from language obstacles.
  5. Discuss how ACT attempts to undermine problematic language functions.
  6. Utilize contacting the present moment exercises and mindfulness practice in therapy.
  7. Develop a mindful action plan protocol for clients.
  8. Show how to incorporate the ACT approach to “the self” for clinical gain.
  9. Recognize how unclarified values can lead to clinical problems.
  10. Integrate the ACT approach into different therapeutic styles and methods.
  11. Create committed action plans for people with anxiety disorders.
  12. Use metaphors to undermine language-based avoidance repertoires.
  13. Show how ACT principles can be applied to the therapist to improve clinical performance.
OUTLINE

The ACT Model
  • The nature of human suffering
  • ”Healthy normality” is a myth
  • Language: The double-edged sword
  • Undermine unhelpful thoughts
  • Aiming for psychological flexibility and why
  • The ACT hexagon model
Acceptance
  • Strengthening a willingness to have emotions
  • The opposite of acceptance is experiential avoidance
  • Experiential avoidance throughout the lifespan
  • Why acceptance is important
  • Case example: Teenage shyness & hoarding
Defusion
  • Look at thoughts rather than from thoughts
  • Deal with automatic thoughts
  • The power of words
  • The problem with cognitive fusion
  • Address CBT-based disputation techniques with defusion
  • ”Taking your mind for a walk” exercise
  • Case example: Eating disorders & social phobia
Perspective-Taking
  • Understand the “Self” in ACT
  • Self-as-content, self-as-perspective, self-as-context
  • Observer self-exercise
  • Deal with identity issues
  • Case examples related to PTSD & childhood sexual trauma
Mindfulness
  • Contacting the present moment
  • Why being in the here-and-now is critical for mental health
  • Relationship between mindlessness and psychopathology
  • Meditation, mindfulness and mindful action
  • Exercises for mindful action
  • Case example: Anger, personality disorders, alcoholism
Values Work
  • The positive side of language
  • Identifying core values
  • Differentiate values and goals
  • Writing values-based treatment goals
  • The ethics of values clarification
  • Establishing the life line
  • Case example: Heroin addiction, bipolar disorder
Committed Action
  • Define “commitment” objectively
  • Integrate evidence-based therapy with ACT
  • Develop ACT-based behavior therapy treatment plans
  • Improve behavioral activation with ACT
  • Accelerate exposure therapy with ACT
  • Case example: Depression, agoraphobia
Pulling It All Together
  • Hexaflex model for psychological flexibility
  • Ask the “ACT Question” for self-help and case conceptualization
  • Inflexahex model: Diagnosis from an ACT approach
  • Case example: Obsessive-compulsive disorder
Incorporate ACT into Your Own Approach
  • Social skills training
  • Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Inpatient treatment programs systems
  • Exposure and ritual prevention
  • Behavioral activation
  • Parent management training
  • Executive coaching
The Mindful Action Plan
  • ACT simplified
  • Passengers on the bus: The classic ACT group exercise
  • How ACT can make you a better therapist

DANIEL J MORAN, PH.D., BCBA-D

Daniel J. Moran, Ph.D. is an expert in cognitive-behavior therapy, empirically supported treatments, and using mindfulness-based approaches for behavioral change. He is a featured psychologist on The Learning Channel, Animal Planet, and Fox News. He is the founder of Pickslyde Consulting, an organization aimed at using evidence-based applications to improve performance and wellness in the workplace. Dr. Moran is also the founder of the MidAmerican Psychological Institute, a psychotherapy clinic in south Chicagoland.

He co-authored ACT in Practice: Case Conceptualization in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. ACT is one of the leading therapies integrating mindfulness into clinical practice. Dr. Moran is a recognized ACT trainer who leads workshops around the world, has held several elected positions in his science affiliations, writes for the Psychology Today website, and is a Board Certified Behavioral Analyst.




Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Daniel Moran is the Executive Director for MidAmerican Psychological Institute. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial: Daniel Moran has no relevant nonfinancial relationship to disclose.
ADDICTION COUNSELORS
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This course has been approved by PESI, Inc., as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for 12.5 CE in the Counseling Services skill group. NAADAC Provider #77553. PESI, Inc. is responsible for all aspects of their programming. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance.

NEW YORK ADDICTION PROFESSIONALS: This course has been approved by OASAS for 12.5 clock hours toward Renewal for CASAC, CPP or CPS. Board required certificates will be sent after the program.


COUNSELORS
This intermediate activity consists of 12.5 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please save the course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

MAINE COUNSELORS: This intermediate activity is approved for 12.5 clock hours of continuing education instruction. The Maine Board of Counseling Licensure Professionals recognizes courses and providers that are approved by the APA, ASWB or NAADAC. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to counselors who complete the program evaluation, to submit to their state board.

NEW HAMPSHIRE COUNSELORS: This intermediate activity is approved for 12.5 clock hours of continuing education instruction. The New Hampshire Board of Mental Health Practice recognizes courses and providers that are approved by the APA or ASWB. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to counselors who complete the program evaluation, to submit to their state board.

VERMONT COUNSELORS: This course has been submitted to the Board of Allied Mental Health Practitioners (BAMHP) for review.


MARRIAGE & FAMILY THERAPISTS
This activity consists of 760 minutes of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. You should save this course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.


NURSE/NURSE PRACTITIONERS/CLINICAL NURSE SPECIALISTS
This activity meets the criteria for a American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Activity PESI, Inc, is an approved provider by the American Psychological Association, which is recognized by the ANCC for behavioral health related activities. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance.

This activity qualifies for 12.5 contact hours.


PSYCHOLOGISTS
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PESI, Inc. is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. PESI maintains responsibility for this program and its content. PESI is offering this activity for 12.5 hours of continuing education credit. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.


SOCIAL WORKERS
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PESI, Inc. Provider #:1062, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. PESI, Inc. maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: January 27, 2017 - January 27, 2020. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 12.5 (Clinical) continuing education clock hours for this intermediate course. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to social workers who complete the program evaluation.

NEW HAMPSHIRE SOCIAL WORKERS: This course qualifies for 12.5 Category A credits. The New Hampshire Board of Mental Health Practice recognizes continuing education courses sponsored by providers who are approved by the APA.

NEW YORK SOCIAL WORKERS: PESI, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department's (NYSED) State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0008. This activity will qualify for 15.0 contact hours. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.

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OTHER PROFESSIONS
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