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ACT Made Easy: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Depression, Anxiety, Trauma and Personality Disorders

Where:
TAUNTON, MA
When:
Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Course Description:

Integrating Acceptance and Commitment Therapy into your practice offers a new way for you to achieve positive therapeutic outcomes with difficult-to-treat clients.

Join experienced ACT presenter Jennifer Patterson, Psy.D., LCPC, as she delivers an exercise and technique-heavy course that will give you the tools needed to more effectively treat clients with depression, anxiety, trauma, and personality disorders.

Jennifer 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 ACT techniques and skills in your practice tomorrow!
Objectives:
  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. Demonstrate how ACT incorporates elements of exposure therapy to reduce experiential avoidance.
  5. Discover 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 disorders.
OUTLINE

ACT in a Nutshell
  • The role of values: mindfulness, acceptance, commitment, behavior
  • Experiential avoidance
  • Existential behaviorism
  • Psychological flexibility
  • ACT for anxiety, depression, trauma and personality disorders
  • Disorder-specific strategies
    • Common treatment elements
    • Metaphors, paradox and experiential exercises
Role of Exposure in ACT
  • Translate client values into behavioral goals
  • Barriers to behavioral goals: external and internal avoidance
  • External Exposure
    • Situations
    • People
  • Internal Exposure
    • Thoughts
    • Emotions
    • Memories
    • Body sensations
ACT in Action

Anxiety
  • Client avoidance strategies (including rumination)
  • Clean vs. dirty anxiety
  • Attack reason giving
  • Anxiety detector exercise
  • Turn up the willingness knob
  • Mountain of food metaphor
  • Passengers on the bus metaphor
  • And vs. but
Trauma
  • Function of trauma symptoms
  • Specify treatment goals
  • Target self-harm behaviors
  • Increase psychological safety
  • Tin can monster exercise
  • Mindfulness exercises
Depression
  • Role of avoidance in depression
  • Target suicidality
  • Evaluation vs. description exercise
  • Buy thoughts and defuse language
  • Observing self-exercise
Personality Disorders
  • Increase emotional tolerance
  • Values clarification
  • Mind vs. experience
  • Man in the hole analogy
  • Target the client’s story
  • Work with client anger
  • Role of therapist self-disclosure
  • Chessboard metaphor

JENNIFER L. PATTERSON, PSY.D., LCPC

Jennifer Patterson, Psy.D., LCPC, has a mission to offer evidence-based psychotherapy to help others live full and abundant lives. She is the founder of JPI Psychological Solutions in Mokena, Illinois and specializes in treating obsessive compulsive behaviors, anxiety and depression. At JPI she uses ACT and other third-wave models to assist clients with increasing quality of life.

Dr. Patterson is an ACT trainer and has led over 500 ACT workshops across the US and internationally. She has served as vice-president of the Chicago Chapter for the Association for Contextual Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Patterson was a featured psychologist on The Learning Channel (TLC) and former co-author for Psychology Today’s blog “When More Isn’t Enough.” Dr. Patterson received both her master’s and doctoral degrees from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. She is a formally trained ACT clinician and is very skilled in mindful-based therapies and empirically-supported treatments.

SPEAKER DISCLOSURES

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Jennifer Patterson has an employment relationship with MidAmerican Psychological Institute. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial: Jennifer Patterson is a member of the American Psychological Association; and Illinois Psychological Association.
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