Seminar Detail

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: 2-Day Intensive ACT Training

Where:
DEDHAM, MA
When:
Thursday, April 27, 2017 - Friday, April 28, 2017

This event is not currently available for purchase.

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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 and author Margit Berman, Ph.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
  • Obesity
  • Eating Disorders
  • Trauma
  • Weight Management
Attend this intensive, engaging and transformative workshop and start a new path for healing you can use with your most difficult client.
Objectives:

  1. Discuss the six basic tenets of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
  2. Describe the problem of experiential avoidance in clinical work.
  3. Utilize acceptance approaches with each client’s avoidance problems.
  4. Demonstrate skills in defusing from language obstacles.
  5. Utilize contacting the present moment exercises and mindfulness practice in therapy.
  6. Develop a mindful action plan protocol for clients.
  7. Use client values effectively in treatment.
  8. Integrate ACT techniques into treatment for specific disorders including depression, anxiety, trauma, eating disorders, obesity, and client weight concerns.
  9. Identify ACT techniques to use with clients who have chronic and treatment-resistant problems.
  10. Determine when to choose ACT over another treatment approach.
  11. Describe the evidence base and state of the art for ACT therapy.
  12. Support ways to enhance client commitment and willingness to engage in ACT therapy.
OUTLINE

The ACT Model
  • The nature of human suffering
  • ”Healthy normality” is a myth
  • Language: The double-edged sword
  • Aiming for psychological flexibility and why
  • The ACT hexagon model
Acceptance
  • Strengthening a willingness to have emotions
  • The opposite of acceptance is experiential avoidance
  • Active versus passive acceptance
  • Acceptance as experiencing
  • Why acceptance is important
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
Perspective-Taking
  • Understand the “Self” in ACT
  • Self-as-content, self-as-perspective, self-as-context
  • Observer self-exercise
  • Deal with identity issues
Mindfulness
  • Contacting the present moment
  • Why being in the here-and-now is critical for mental health
  • Meditation, mindfulness and mindful action
  • Exercises for mindful action
Values Work
  • Identifying core values
  • Differentiate values and goals
  • Values versus rules
  • Timing values work in ACT therapy
Committed Action
  • Commit to ACT versus another therapy approach
  • Informed consent and ACT
  • Client goals for treatment
  • The role of creative hopelessness in introducing ACT
  • Commitment, values and barriers
Applications of ACT to Client Problems
  • Chronic and treatment resistant
  • Depression
  • Eating disorders
  • Obesity and weight concerns
  • Anxiety and trauma
The Mindful Action Plan
  • The big look and values clarification
  • How ACT can make you a better therapist

MARGIT I BERMAN, PH.D.

Margit Berman, Ph.D., is a psychologist, assistant professor of psychiatry at Dartmouth Medical School and co-director of the Mood Disorders service at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. She has published and presented research nationally and internationally on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for eating disorders, depression, interpersonal relationships, and the integration of science and practice in mental health practice. She has taught workshops on ACT to clinicians, researchers, and students at universities and medical centers throughout the U.S., and uses it clinically with clients of all ages and backgrounds, particularly those with chronic and unremitting concerns. She received a dual Ph.D. in Counseling and Social Psychology from the University of Minnesota in 2006.



Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Margit Berman receives compensation as an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Dartmouth Medical School. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Margit Berman is a member of the American Psychological Association.
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