Seminar Detail

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

Where:   PORTLAND, OR

When:  Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - Thursday, September 12, 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. Develop a deep understanding of the six core processes of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to help clients advance psychological flexibility.
  2. Incorporate the role of psychological flexibility in ACT and list clinical techniques for increasing it.
  3. Utilize acceptance approaches with avoidance problems to strengthen a client’s willingness to have emotions.
  4. Implement clinical skills for helping clients to defuse from language obstacles.
  5. Utilize exercises in therapy with clients, like contacting the present moment, to aid clients with developing the flexibility to engage in the present moment and let go of their struggles.
  6. Detect how a client’s unclarified values can lead to clinical problems in relation to assessment and treatment planning.
  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. Implement emotional and behavioral willingness techniques with clients to reduce experiential avoidance.
  11. Integrate ACT techniques into treatment for specific disorders including depression, anxiety, trauma and personality disorders.
  12. Demonstrate how ACT incorporates elements of exposure therapy to reduce experiential avoidance.
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.
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.

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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.

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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.

Oregon 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.


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.


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 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Oregon Psychologists: This live activity consists of 760 minutes of continuing education instruction and is designed to meet the requirements of the Oregon Board of Psychology. Please save the course outline, certificate of completion, and any other supporting documentation you receive from this live activity in case it is requested by the board.


Social Workers
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Washington Social Workers, Counselors, and Marriage & Family Therapists:
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This training has been approved for 12.5 CE’s for Washington Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists and Licensed Clinical Social Workers. WMHCA Provider #1504.


Other Professions
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