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- Audio CD - 4+ hours Instructions
- Multi-disc audio recording with electronic manual and instructions.
- MICHAEL C. MAY, MA, LCPC
- PESI Inc.
- 12/11/2019 - Available Now for Pre-Order
- CE Available:
- Yes, See CE credit tab for complete continuing education details
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- Perform a clinical assessment using the Inflexahex diagnostic model to inform clinical treatment interventions.
- Utilize acceptance exercises in session to increase client willingness to engage in values-consistent behaviors.
- 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.
- Utilize clinical strategies to assist clients in clarifying their values as it relates to case conceptualization.
- 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.
- Utilize metaphors and exercises to explain self-as-context in session for purposes of client psychoeducation.
ACT Foundations: What You Need to Know
THE CORE CONCEPTS OF ACT
Acceptance: Combat Experiential Avoidance
- 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
Defusion: Break Down Thoughts as Barriers
- 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”
Self-As-Context: Aid Clients in Distancing Themselves from Their Thoughts
- 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
Contact with the Present Moment: Mindfulness Strategies to Reduce Worry about the Past & Future
- 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”
Values: Guide Clients in Identifying & Clarifying What Matters
- 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
Committed Action: Establish Values-Consistent Patterns of Behavior
- 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
ACT in Action: Utilize ACT with Specific Clinical Populations
- The relationship between values & committed action
- What’s considered committed action?
- Address persistent inaction, impulsivity or avoidance
- 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
- Personality disorders
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.
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