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2-Day Advanced Acceptance & Commitment Therapy
Digital Seminar
$439.99 USD
$219.99 USD
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Digital Seminar
Downloadable/Streaming MP4 Video and MP3 Audio with electronic manual and instructions.
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  1. Analyze the relationship between behavioral principles and the core ACT psychological flexibility processes as it relates to case conceptualization.
  2. Create a treatment plan based on the processes of psychological flexibility, rather than clinical diagnosis, to improve treatment outcomes.
  3. Respond to client displays of cognitive fusion and experiential avoidance in a clinical setting.
  4. Construct metaphors to address psychological inflexibility and improve clinical outcomes.
  5. Integrate defusion and cognitive restructuring exercises in session to assist clients in handling automatic cognitions.
  6. Distinguish rule-governed behavior from values-based behavior to inform clinical treatment interventions.
  7. Evaluate the relationship between rule-governed behavior, cognitive fusion and experiential avoidance and its clinical implications.
  8. Integrate ACT processes, such as contact with the present moment, with exposure therapy to improve treatment outcomes.
  9. Utilize values clarification, defusion and acceptance exercises along with behavioral activation to increase values-aligned behaviors and improve client level of functioning.
  10. Demonstrate ways to integrate ACT processes with other modalities, such as skills training or habit reversal training, to improve clinical outcomes.
  11. Employ ACT exercises and metaphors to move beyond clients’ clinical “crisis of the week,” address psychological inflexibility and improve client level of functioning.
  12. Utilize ACT processes, such as acceptance and defusion, to address resistance and improve client engagement.
  • Functional Contextualism
  • Hexaflex & Inflexahex
  • Relational Frame Theory (RFT)
  • Empirical support for ACT
  • Limitations of the research & potential risks
FAQ 1: “How would I use ACT for…?”
  • Convert the DSM® into psychological inflexibility
  • Differentiate topography & function of behavior
  • Attend to the ABCs of behavior
  • Spot the toxic twins: Fusion & avoidance
  • Which ACT process are you targeting in session?
  • Exercises & Demonstrations
    • Exercise: Functional analysis as mindfulness
    • Video demo: PTSD
    • Skills Training: Spot experiential avoidance
FAQ 2: “Does ACT have any metaphors or exercises for…?”
  • How metaphor functions in ACT
  • Experiential learning vs. psychoeducation
  • Key components of ACT metaphors
  • Create your own metaphors
  • Exercises & Demonstrations
    • Exercise: Confront the control agenda
    • Exercise: Use of embodied metaphors
    • Exercise: Flexible perspective-taking
    • Video Demonstration: MDD
    • Skills Training: Create an ACT Tool-Box
FAQ 3: “Can I use ACT with CBT?”
  • Cognitive restructuring vs. defusion
  • How to bring restructuring & defusion together
  • Create experiential learning for your client
  • Recognize rule-governed behavior
  • Foster behaviors that are in line with values
  • Pick go-to defusion exercises & metaphors
  • Exercises & Demonstrations
    • Exercise: What your words evoke for clients
    • Exercise: Having vs. wrestling with thoughts
    • Video Demonstration: OCD
    • Skills Training: Spotting cognitive fusion
FAQ 4: “Can I integrate ACT with other modalities?”
  • Exposure Therapy
    • Should you use the SUDs scale?
    • Alternatives to SUDS scale
    • Integrate ACT & exposure for trauma
    • Merge distress tolerance with exposure
  • Behavioral Activation
    • Make behavioral activation experiential
    • Utilize values to inform activity scheduling
    • Use defusion to undermine motivation issues
    • Apply acceptance to erode emotional reasoning
  • Other Approaches
    • Skills training for social anxiety
    • Habit reversal training for compulsive behaviors
    • Contingency management for substance abuse
  • Exercises & Demonstrations
    • Video Demonstration: Panic Disorder
    • Skills Training: Integrate ACT into your practice
FAQ 5: “The client’s progress has stopped. What should I do?”
  • Spot avoidance in your own responses
  • Undermine the “only one right way” agenda
  • Address the clinical “crisis of the week”
  • Exercises
    • Exercise: Spot aversive control in your behavior
    • Exercise: “Nothing is working”
FAQ 6: “How can ACT increase client engagement & reduce resistance?”
  • Model ACT processes for the client
  • Utilize ACT to boost engagement
  • Acceptance of the client’s truth as it is
  • Create a relationship that is non-hierarchical
  • Acceptance & defusion to address resistance
  • When you shouldn’t try to persuade your client


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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