Webinars

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

This workshop will be highly experiential with a focus on helping participants practice and build skills that they can readily integrate into their work with military clients. It’s designed to give participants a strong foundation in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) theory and practice. The workshop is ideal for beginning practitioners new to the model as well as those already practicing ACT at an intermediate level who want to broaden their repertoire.

Over the course of two days, we will work with participants to assess psychological problems using the Psychological Flexibility model, learn and practice skills relevant to each of the six core psychological flexibility processes, use the ACT skills to help clients differentiate between ineffective and meaningful actions, and to identify and address key indicators of psychological inflexibility.

In addition, the training will explore the ways in which language and metaphor influence behavior and can be used in therapy to help change behavior. We will use experiential exercises, small group work and dyad work to encourage participants to practice and enhance new skills.

Learning Objectives: 

Attendees will be able to:

  • Facilitate an ideographic assessment by using the Matrix to conceptualize presenting problems of military clients.
  • Apply the Psychological Flexibility model of psychopathology to create unique ACT treatment plans
  • Utilize key theoretical concepts related to functional contextualism and relational frame theory to enhance clinical interventions
  • Distinguish the 6 processes that promote psychological flexibility
  • Facilitate Open skills to address experiential avoidance and cognitive fusion
  • Facilitate Aware skills to address overidentification with ones’ self-concept and rigid attention to the past and/or future
  • Facilitate Engage skills to address lack of meaning and purpose and ineffective behavior (e.g., procrastination, avoidant persistence)
  • . Create committed action plans with clients to empower clients to values-based action
  • Employ at least 2 Open, Aware, and Engage metaphors and/or in-session exercises
  • Explain the function and importance of flexible sensitivity to context for client and therapist
  • Apply ACT flexibility processes fluidly in response to changes in client behavior
  • Integrate key research related to ACT and military clients into clinical decisions

AGENDA

Day One

 

Introductions, Opening Exercise

 

9:00am – 9:30am ET

 

 

Idiographic Assessment using the Matrix

 

9:30am – 11:00am ET

 

Break

 

11:00am – 11:15am ET

 

Foundations: ACT in Historical Context, Functional Contextualism, Core Yearnings

 

11:15am – 1:00pm ET

 

Lunch

 

1:00pm – 2:00pm ET

 

Foundations: Relational Frame Theory, Psychological Inflexibility Processes

 

 

2:00pm – 3:30pm ET

 

Break

 

 

3:30pm – 3:45pm ET

Pretreatment Assessment, Informed Consent, and Preparing Clients for ACT 

 

3:45pm – 5:30pm ET

 

 

Day Two

 

Opening Exercise

 

 

9:00am – 9:15am ET

Open Skills: Cognitive Defusion and Acceptance

 

9:15am – 11:00am ET

 

Break

 

 

11:00am – 11:15am ET

Aware Skills: Flexible Attention to Present Moment and Perspective Taking

 

11:15am – 1:00pm ET

Lunch

1:00pm – 2:00pm ET

Engage Skills: Values Clarification and Committed Action

2:00pm – 3:30pm ET

Break

3:30pm – 3:45pm ET

ACTplications to Military Clients: Case conceptualization, Research related to ACT and military clients, peer-to-peer consultation

3:45pm – 5:30pm ET

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) | Center for Deployment Psychology

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