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Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) Proficiency Course: Master the Core Components & Skills of ACT Across Diagnoses
Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) Proficiency Course: Master the Core Components & Skills of ACT Across Diagnoses

Where:   LIVONIA, MI

When:  Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Course Description:

This one-day Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Proficiency Course is essential for any clinician with a difficult-to-treat client on their caseload!

ACT has long been established as effective in treating clients with a variety of clinical diagnoses.

Now, you can master the core competencies and skills used by ACT clinicians!

Join ACT expert and clinician, Michael C. May, MA, LCPC, and he’ll walk you step-by-step through using the six core processes of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in session. For each of the six components, you’ll learn interventions and strategies that you can use in your practice immediately.

Throughout the day, you’ll have plenty of opportunities for practice through in-depth case studies and targeted experiential exercises – allowing you to really hone your skills.

Clinicians new to ACT will find this seminar transparent and easy to understand, while experienced ACT clinicians will discover new, in-depth insights that will solidify comprehension of ACT concepts and expand your repertoire of ACT interventions.

Register today, and leave this seminar proficient in the core competencies of Acceptance and Commitment therapy!
Objectives:
  1. Perform a clinical assessment using the Inflexahex diagnostic model to inform clinical treatment interventions.
  2. Utilize acceptance exercises in session to increase client willingness to engage in values-consistent behaviors.
  3. Analyze the efficacy of mindfulness meditation for clients on a case-by-case basis, and demonstrate alternative mindfulness interventions for clients who find meditation aversive or unhelpful.
  4. Utilize clinical strategies to assist clients in clarifying their values as it relates to case conceptualization.
  5. Implement clinical treatment interventions, such as behavioral activation strategies or social skills training interventions, to improve client engagement in values-consistent behaviors as an approach to managing symptoms of PTSD, anxiety, personality disorders or depression.
  6. Utilize metaphors and exercises to explain self-as-context in session for purposes of client psychoeducation.
OUTLINE

ACT Foundations: What You Need to Know
  • Context: Why it is Fundamental to ACT
  • How to determine the functional purpose of behavior
  • What is language: Relational Frame Theory
  • The source of psychological suffering
  • The ACT model of psychopathology
  • Experiential avoidance, cognitive fusion & the toxic cycle
  • Psychological Flexibility: What it is & why it’s important
  • The Inflexahex diagnostic model
  • Limitations of the research & potential risks

THE CORE CONCEPTS OF ACT

Acceptance: Combat Experiential Avoidance
  • What is “acceptance” in ACT?
  • Experiential avoidance: The “Control Agenda”
  • Client control over unwanted thoughts & feelings
  • How to confront the control agenda
  • Interventions for fostering acceptance
  • Acceptance Exercises: The “Unwanted Party Guest;” “Barriers to Writing”
Defusion: Break Down Thoughts as Barriers
  • The problem with cognitive fusion
  • Weaken unworkable language functions
  • Should thoughts always control behavior?
  • Build an environment of defusion within session
  • Strategies for building defusion skills
  • Defusion Exercise: “Having vs Believing” our thoughts
Self-As-Context: Aid Clients in Distancing Themselves from Their Thoughts
  • What is self-as-context?
  • Self-as-content vs. self-as-context
  • Mitigate attachment to the conceptualized self
  • Help clients understand self-as-context
  • Interventions to foster self-as-context
  • Self-As-Context Exercise: The “observer self”
Contact with the Present Moment: Mindfulness Strategies to Reduce Worry about the Past & Future
  • Mindfulness: A core feature of all human psychopathology
  • What “mindfulness” means in ACT
  • The goal of mindfulness practice in ACT
  • How to train mindfulness with flexibility
  • Overcome obstacles in teaching mindfulness
  • Address relaxation-induced panic
  • Formal & informal mindfulness interventions
  • Contact with the Present Moment Exercise: Mindfulness without Meditation
Values: Guide Clients in Identifying & Clarifying What Matters
  • The importance of values in ACT
  • How values can be transformative in human behavior
  • Values & goals
  • How to evoke values from clients
  • From instant gratification to pursuit of values
  • Values Clarification Exercise: The Eulogy
Committed Action: Establish Values-Consistent Patterns of Behavior
  • The relationship between values & committed action
  • What’s considered committed action?
  • Address persistent inaction, impulsivity or avoidance
  • Interventions
    • Exposure-based approaches
    • Behavioral activation strategies
    • Social-skills training interventions
    • Problem-solving barriers to committed action
    • Behavioral homework
  • Case Study: Engaging in committed action with depression
ACT in Action: Utilize ACT with Specific Clinical Populations
  • PTSD
  • Anxiety
  • Personality disorders
  • Depression
Target Audience

  • Social Workers
  • Counselors
  • Psychologists
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Psychotherapists
  • Case Managers
  • Nurses
  • Mental Health Professionals
  • Therapists

MICHAEL C. MAY, MA, LCPC

Michael C. May, MA, LCPC, is a psychotherapist in private practice and an ACT Trainer. He is a founding partner of Compassionate Psychological Care, LLP, a clinic that provides a wide-range of psychological services with offices in Chicago and Highland Park, IL. Within his private practice, his clinical work is focused on anxiety-related presenting concerns, primarily panic disorder and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Michael is co-founder of Enriched Couples LLC, a company focused on utilizing applied behavioral science in conjunction with financial literacy training to aid young couples in undermining toxic experiential avoidance and building vital and valued relationships.

Michael has received advanced training in various contextual behavioral approaches to psychotherapy including Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and regularly provides workshops and professional trainings on Acceptance & Commitment Therapy. He is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the state of Illinois. He is a member of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science and the Association for Behavior Analysis International.
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.

If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. For other credit inquiries not specified below, or questions on home study credit availability, please contact cepesi@pesi.com or 800-844-8260 before the event.

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.

PESI, Inc. offers continuing education programs and products under the brand names PESI, PESI Healthcare, PESI Rehab and Psychotherapy Networker.




Addiction Counselors
This course has been approved by PESI, Inc., as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for 6.0 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.

Michigan Addiction Counselors: This course has been reviewed and approved by the Michigan Certification Board for Addiction Professionals (MCBAP). This course will award 6.5 contact hours and has been identified as related to substance abuse.

Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals: This course has been approved by the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board for 6.25 CEUs.


Counselors
This intermediate activity consists of 6.25 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.

Ohio Counselors:
Florida
CE credit is available. PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage & Family Therapist Board. Provider approval #:RCST071001. Full attendance at this course meets the qualifications for 6.25 clock hours of continuing education credit.


Marriage & Family Therapists
This activity consists of 380 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.

Ohio Marriage & Family Therapists:
Florida
PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage & Family Therapist Board. Provider approval #:RCST071001. Full attendance at this course meets the qualifications for 6.25 clock hours of continuing education credit.


Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Clinical Nurse Specialists
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PESI, Inc. is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Nurses in full attendance will earn 6.3 contact hours. Partial contact hours will be awarded for partial attendance.


Psychologists
This live activity consists of 6.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please save the course outline and the certificate of completion you receive from this live activity. Contact us for more information on your state board or organization specific filing requirements. American Psychological Association credits are not available.

Ohio Psychologists: CE credit is available. PESI, Inc. is approved by the Ohio Psychological Association, Provider #263896894, to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. PESI, Inc. maintains responsibility for this program and its content. PESI is offering this activity for 6.25 standard 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., #1062, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. PESI, Inc. maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: January 27, 2017 - January 27, 2020. Social Workers completing this course receive 6.25 Clinical Practice continuing education credits. Course Level: Intermediate. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to social workers who complete the program evaluation.

Ohio Social Workers:
Florida
PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage & Family Therapist Board. Provider approval #:RCST071001. Full attendance at this course meets the qualifications for 6.25 clock hours of continuing education credit.


Other Professions
This activity qualifies for 380 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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