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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: 2-Day Intensive ACT Training
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: 2-Day Intensive ACT Training

Where:   TIMONIUM, MD

When:  Thursday, October 31, 2019 - Friday, November 1, 2019

This event is not currently available for purchase.

For more information: Call (800) 844-8260
Course Description:

How often do you review your appointment calendar and start wondering how you’re going to, finally, help a regular client who seems to progress for a while – and then regress?

Each time he/she arrives, you use the same tools and techniques you’ve used for so long – and mostly successfully – but this one client is testing your skills. Now, you can begin to integrate Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) into your practice – and see improved outcomes.

Researched and developed by world-renowned researcher, speaker and author Steven Hayes, Ph.D., ACT is fast becoming the treatment approach that gets to the heart of therapeutic relationship.

Join ACT expert, trainer Melissa Farrell, PsyD, for this workshop where you will develop highly practical, evidence-based skills, case conceptualization techniques and powerful strategies that will improve outcomes for the following:
  • Anxiety issues
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Mood Disorders
  • Substance Abuse
  • Anger Management
  • Eating Disorders
  • Trauma
  • Personality Disorders
Attend this intensive, engaging and transformative workshop and start a new path for healing you can use with your most difficult clients.

Free Mindfulness exercises are included! You will also receive copies of ACT-based psychological assessment tools and case conceptualization forms.
Objectives:

  1. Demonstrate effective use of the six core processes of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to help clients advance psychological flexibility.
  2. Illustrate clinical techniques for increasing psychological flexibility in clients using ACT.
  3. Utilize acceptance approaches with avoidance problems to strengthen a client’s willingness to have emotions.
  4. Implement clinical skills to help client effectively handle automatic cognitions.
  5. Utilize effective ACT exercises in therapy to aid clients with developing new skills to engage in the present moment and move past struggles.
  6. Assess and clarify a client’s values in order to develop an effective treatment plan and avoid potential clinical problems.
  7. Integrate ACT into different therapeutic styles and methods as an approach to managing symptoms.
  8. Create committed action plans for clients with anxiety disorders to improve level of functioning.
  9. Use metaphors to undermine language-based avoidance repertoires to improve client engagement.
  10. Utilize clinical strategies to develop an ACT-based behavior therapy plan as it relates to treatment outcomes.
  11. Implement emotional, behavioral willingness and exposure techniques with clients to reduce experiential avoidance.
  12. Apply ACT techniques to the treatment of specific disorders including depression, anxiety, trauma and personality disorders.
OUTLINE

The ACT Model
  • The nature of human suffering
  • ”Healthy normality” is a myth
  • Language: The double-edged sword
  • Undermine unhelpful thoughts
  • Aiming for psychological flexibility and why
  • The ACT hexagon model
Limitations of the Research and Potential Risks
  • Children and adolescents
  • Acute, florid hallucinations
  • Catatonic depression
  • Individuals with an adverse reaction to mindfulness exercises
Acceptance
  • Strengthening a willingness to have emotions
  • The opposite of acceptance is experiential avoidance
  • Experiential avoidance throughout the lifespan
  • Why acceptance is important
  • Case example: Teenage shyness & hoarding
Defusion
  • Look at thoughts rather than from thoughts
  • Deal with automatic thoughts
  • The power of words
  • The problem with cognitive fusion
  • Address CBT-based disputation techniques with defusion
  • ”Taking your mind for a walk” exercise
  • Case example: Eating disorders & social phobia
Perspective-Taking
  • Understand the “Self” in ACT
  • Self-as-content, self-as-perspective, self-as-context
  • Observer self-exercise
  • Deal with identity issues
  • Case examples related to PTSD & childhood sexual trauma
Mindfulness
  • Contacting the present moment
  • Why being in the here-and-now is critical for mental health
  • Relationship between mindfulness and psychopathology
  • Meditation, mindfulness and mindful action
  • Exercises for mindful action
  • Case example: Anger, personality disorders, alcoholism
Values Work
  • The positive side of language
  • Identifying core values
  • Differentiate values and goals
  • Writing values-based treatment goals
  • The ethics of values clarification
  • Establishing the life line
  • Case example: Heroin addiction, bipolar disorder
Committed Action
  • Define “commitment” objectively
  • Integrate evidence-based therapy with ACT
  • Develop ACT-based behavior therapy treatment plans
  • Improve behavioral activation with ACT
  • Accelerate exposure therapy with ACT
  • Case example: Depression, agoraphobia
Pulling It All Together
  • Hexaflex model for psychological flexibility
  • Ask the “ACT Question” for self-help and case conceptualization
  • Inflexahex model: Diagnosis from an ACT approach
  • Case example: Obsessive-compulsive disorder
Incorporate ACT into Your Own Approach
  • Social skills training
  • Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Inpatient treatment programs systems
  • Exposure and ritual prevention
  • Behavioral activation
  • Parent management training
  • Executive coaching
The Mindful Action Plan
  • ACT simplified
  • Passengers on the bus: The classic ACT group exercises
  • How ACT can make you a better therapist
Target Audience

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

MELISSA FARRELL, PSY.D.

Melissa Farrell, PsyD, is a psychologist, ACT trainer and international presenter. She is a former co-chair for the gender and sexual minorities special interest group for the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS).

Melissa is a passionate clinician and educator with more than ten years’ experience using evidence-based practices to help individuals and families grow and thrive. She specializes in working with gender and sexual minorities, particularly youth and their families and has presented multiple workshops on ACT, including Whose Therapy is it Anyway?: Working with Gender and Sexual Minority Youth and Their Families. She also provides supervision and consultation to the use of ACT to professionals.



Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Melissa Farrell maintains a private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Melissa Farrell is a member of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science; and the American Psychological Association.
Addiction Counselors
This course has been approved by PESI, Inc., as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for 12.5 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.


Counselors
This intermediate activity consists of 12.5 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.

Delaware Counselors: This intermediate activity consists of 12.5 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please contact your licensing board to determine if they accept programs or providers approved by other national or state licensing boards. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to participants who are in full attendance and who complete the program evaluation.

Maryland Counselors: This intermediate activity is approved for 12.5 clock hours of continuing education instruction. The Maryland Board of Professional Counselors recognizes courses and providers that are approved by the NAADAC. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to counselors who complete the program evaluation, to submit to their state board.

New Jersey Counselors: This intermediate activity consists of 12.5 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please contact your licensing board to determine if they accept programs or providers approved by other national or state licensing boards. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to participants who are in full attendance and who complete the program evaluation.

Pennsylvania Counselors: The Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors accepts many national association CE approvals, several of which PESI offers. For a full list, please see your State Board regulations at https://www.dos.pa.gov/ProfessionalLicensing/BoardsCommissions/. This Intermediate activity consists of 12.5 clock hours of continuing education instruction.


Marriage & Family Therapists
This activity consists of 760 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.

Pennsylvania Marriage & Family Therapists: The Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors accepts many national association CE approvals, several of which PESI offers. For a full list, please see your State Board regulations at https://www.dos.pa.gov/ProfessionalLicensing/BoardsCommissions/. This Intermediate activity consists of 12.5 clock hours of continuing education instruction.


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 12.6 contact hours. Partial contact hours will be awarded for partial attendance.


Psychologists
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This activity consists of 12.5 clock hours of continuing education instruction. The following state psychologist boards recognize activities sponsored by PESI, Inc. as an approved ACCME provider: Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Wisconsin. Certificates of attendance will be issued for you to submit to your state licensing board to recognize for continuing education credit.

PESI, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. PESI, Inc. designates this live activity for a maximum of 12.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Pennsylvania Psychologists: CE credit is available. PESI, Inc. is approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Psychology to offer continuing education for psychologists. Provider #PSY000211. PESI maintains responsibility for the program(s). This program qualifies for 12.5 continuing education hours.


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 12.5 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.

New Jersey Social Workers: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: 2-Day Intensive ACT Training, Course #674, is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program to be offered by PESI, Inc. as an individual course. Individual courses, not providers, are approved at the course level. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. ACE course approval period: 04/29/2019 - 04/29/2021. Social workers completing this course receive 12.5 Clinical Practice continuing education credits. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.

Pennsylvania Social Workers: The Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors accepts many national association CE approvals, several of which PESI offers. For a full list, please see your State Board regulations at https://www.dos.pa.gov/ProfessionalLicensing/BoardsCommissions/. This Intermediate activity consists of 12.5 clock hours of continuing education instruction.


Other Professions
This activity qualifies for 760 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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