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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 19, 2017 - Friday, January 20, 2017

Walk-ins Welcome, space permitting
Please see brochure for complete credit information

Other ways to Register: Call (800) 844-8260  
Course Description:

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 has fast become the treatment approach that gets to the heart of human suffering and what is needed to restore psychological health and wellness.

Join ACT experts, Drs. John & Jamie Forsyth for this workshop where you will develop highly practical, evidence-based skills, case conceptualization techniques, and powerful therapeutic strategies that will help you when working with a broad range of mental health concerns including:
  • Anxiety Issues
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Mood Disorders
  • Substance Abuse
  • Anger Management
  • Trauma
  • Personality Disorders
  • And many more!
Attend this intensive, engaging and transformative workshop and start a new path for healing you can use with your most difficult clients.
Objectives:

  1. List the three pillars of ACT.
  2. Define the ACT model of human suffering (six inflexahex processes).
  3. Define the ACT model of psychological health (six hexaflex processes).
  4. Explain a functional contextual approach to ACT case conceptualization.
  5. Recognize clinical concerns (e.g., anxiety, depression, problem anger) within an ACT framework.
  6. Identify exemplars of excessive struggle and avoidance and describe mindful and compassionate alternative behaviors.
  7. Distinguish between “fusion” and “experiential avoidance” and their role in various forms of human suffering.
  8. Rehearse essential ACT intervention skills to cultivate psychological flexibility.
  9. Deliver values clarification exercises and metaphors in dyads and small groups.
  10. Demonstrate experiential exercises and metaphors in dyads and small groups.
  11. Discriminate ACT consistent and ACT inconsistent strategies in clinical practice.
  12. Describe strategies to foster the ongoing development of ACT consistent clinical competencies.
  13. Apply and integrate mindfulness and acceptance processes with commitment and behavior change processes in dyads.
OUTLINE

ACT Model and Case Conceptualization
  • Centering Exercise
  • Why It’s hard Being Human
  • Pervasiveness of Human Suffering
  • The Light and Dark Side of Language & Cognition
  • ACT Case Conceptualization
  • ACT Model of Human Suffering
  • ACT Model of Psychological Health
  • Self-Assessment Exercise: Eyes On
  • ACT in a Nutshell Role Play
  • Demonstration
Use Creative Hopelessness to Weaken the Control Agenda
  • Why Creative Hopeless in ACT?
  • Exploring Workability
  • Establishing Creative Hopelessness
  • Exercise and Role Play: Tug of War with Anxiety Monster
  • Exercise: Metaphors to Weaken Illusion of Control
  • Exercise and Role Play: Chinese Finger Trap
  • Exercise: Quick Sand and Swamp Metaphors
  • Dyad Practice of Creative Hopelessness Exercises
Do Effective Values Work in ACT
  • The Nature of Values in ACT
  • Distinguishing Values From Goals
  • Connecting with Values
  • Exercises: Funeral Meditation & Tombstone Exercise
  • Values Clarification and Assessment
  • The Values Direction & Life Compass Worksheets
  • Life Compass Cards
  • Barriers to Valued Action
  • Exercise: Barriers Clarification Using Barriers Worksheet in Dyads
  • Values in ACTion
Cultivate Mindful Acceptance & Defusion
  • Opening Up: The Nature of Mindful Acceptance in ACT
  • Exercise: Getting in Contact with the Present
  • Exercise: Take Your Mind for a Walk
  • Exercise: Acceptance of Thoughts & Feelings
  • Self as Context vs. the Conceptualized Self
  • Defusion: Overview and Purpose
  • Mindful Defusion Exercise: Wise Mind
  • Mindful Defusion Exercise: Chess Board
  • Thoughts on Cards: Demonstration and Role Plays
Nurture Self-Compassion, Willingness, and Value-Guided action
  • Self-Compassion and Kindness – Powerful Antidotes to Suffering
  • Exercise: Loving Kindness Walking Meditation
  • Exercise to Nurture Self-Compassion: Tonglen Practice
  • The Nature of Willingness
  • Exercise: Trying vs. Doing
  • Compassionate Exposure in a Value-Guided Context
  • Exercise and Demonstration of Exposure in ACT
  • Building Patterns of Committed ACTion
  • The Role of Behavioral Activation in ACT
  • Distinguishing Good from Poorly Stated Goals
  • Setting SMART Value Guided Goals
  • What to do When Clients Feel Stuck

JOHN FORSYTH, PH.D.

John P. Forsyth, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist, professor, and directs the Anxiety Disorders Research Program at the University at Albany. He is an internationally renowned author, speaker, and trainer, and leads workshops worldwide on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and mindfulness to cultivate psychological health and wellness. www.drjohnforsyth.com



Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: John Forsyth is a Professor of Psychology at the University at Albany, State University of New York. Dr. Forsyth is faculty director of the Anxiety Disorders Research Program. He is an author for New Harbinger Publications, Inc. and receives royalties. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial: John Forsyth is a member of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science.

JAMIE R. FORSYTH, PH.D.

Jamie R. Forsyth, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist, a gifted clinician, clinical supervisor, and trainer, with expertise in the use of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy with severe forms of psychological suffering (e.g., schizophrenia, personality disorders) in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Her work, grounded in evidence-based know-how, offers unique insights into the subtle nuances of ACT as it unfolds in life and mental health settings.



Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Jamie Forsyth is a clinician at Union College. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial: Jamie Forsyth is a member of the Association for Contextual Behavior Science.
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.


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.

MINNESOTA COUNSELORS: Application for MN BBHT continuing education credits has been submitted. Please contact us at 800-844-8260 or info@pesi.com for the status of LPC CE hours.

WISCONSIN COUNSELORS: This intermediate activity is approved for 12.5 clock hours of continuing education instruction. The State of Wisconsin Department of Regulation and Licensing 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.


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.

MINNESOTA MARRIAGE & FAMILY THERAPISTS: An application has been submitted to the Minnesota Board of Marriage & Family Therapists. Credit is pending.

WISCONSIN MARRIAGE & FAMILY THERAPISTS: This course has been submitted to the Wisconsin Association for Marriage and Family Therapy for review. Credit is pending.


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.

MINNESOTA SOCIAL WORKERS: PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the State of Minnesota, Board of Social Work. Provider #: CEP-140. This course has been approved for 12.5 continuing education hours.


OTHER PROFESSIONS
This activity qualifies for 760 minutes of instructional content as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your course outline and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.

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