Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Anxiety Disorders: A Practical Introduction

New! Filmed Spring 2020

Presented by John Forsyth, Ph.D.

On-Demand | Coming Soon


6 Hours  |  Pending CEU Approval

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This is an On Demand course. Participants can watch, pause, and re-watch the sessions at their convenience.

Anxiety disorders are common, chronic, and disabling. This 1-day workshop, led by a leader in the use of ACT for anxiety disorders, is for mental health professionals who wish to further enhance their knowledge, skills, and clinical sensibilities using ACT for anxiety disorders and exposure-based strategies within the ACT model.

ACT is an evidence-based transdiagnostic approach that balances mindfulness and acceptance processes with commitment and behavior change in the service of living a more vital life. This work can be challenging for both therapists and clients alike, for much of ACT work involves contacting difficult and painful psychological content without defense and for a purpose other than psychological relief.  Without a solid grounding in the compassionate use of exposure, these efforts can easily fail or backfire. Thus, understanding the application and integration of the ACT model of psychological health and suffering is essential for effective ACT work with anxiety concerns.

This workshop will introduce ACT, both as a model and intervention technology, and illustrate its use across the spectrum of anxiety-related concerns.  Participants will learn how to address and transform core processes that both feed and maintain anxious suffering.

This workshop will use a combination of didactic and experiential activities and will be intensely practical.  Participants will be encouraged (but never forced or coerced) to engage the material at a personal level, as it applies to their own lives, and then also in the context of their clinical work.  Worksheets and other practical tools will be provided.

Online Course Format

  • 6 hours of Online Training
  • 6 CEUs
  • Non-Interactive – registrants will have access to lectures, PowerPoint presentation, demonstrations, video clips, and experiential exercises.

Part 1 – 1.5 Hours        

ACT Model and Case Conceptualization

  • Getting Inside the ACT Model of Psychological Suffering & Health
  • ACT for Anxiety Transdiagnostic Case Conceptualization
  • Why the ACT Model Matters!

Part 2 – 1.5  Hours

Creating Space for Something New

  • Why Creative Hopeless in ACT?
  • Exploring Workability
  • Establishing Creative Hopelessness

Part 3 – 1.5  Hours

Doing Effective Values Work in ACT

  • The Nature of Values in ACT
  • Connecting with Values
  • Barriers to Valued Action

Part 4 – 1.5  Hours
Cultivating a New Relationship with Anxiety and Fear

  • Mindfulness, self-as-context, and defusion work:  Overview and Purpose
  • Self-Compassion and Kindness – Powerful Antidotes to Suffering
  • Cultivating Acceptance in the Service of Valued ACTion
  • Framing Exposure in ACT
  • Wrap up & the Journey Ahead
  1. Describe the ACT model of human suffering linked with six central treatment targets of ACT in practice;
  2. Conceptualize anxiety and fear within an ACT transdiagnostic framework;
  3. Identify excessive struggle and avoidance while promoting more mindful and compassionate actions;
  4. Define and identify “fusion” and “experiential avoidance” and their role in various forms of anxious suffering;
  5. Demonstrate clarifying values and barriers to valued action, along with strategies to help clients move with barriers to value-guided action;
  6. Create a healthy space for exposure work while moving clients in the direction of their chosen values and life goals.

Clinical Professionals: All mental health professionals including, but not limited to Clinical Counsellors, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Social Workers, Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Hospice and Palliative Care Workers, School Counsellors, Youth Workers, Mental Health Workers, Addiction Specialists, Marital & Family Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Vocational Rehabilitation Consultants and all professionals looking to enhance their therapeutic skills.

Some general familiarity with ACT will be helpful, but is not required.

John P. Forsyth, Ph.D. is an internationally recognized author, speaker, researcher, and trainer in the use of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and practices that cultivate mindfulness, loving kindness, and compassion. For over 20 years, his work has focused on developing ACT for anxiety-related concerns, and more broadly the application of ACT to alleviate human suffering, awaken the human spirit, and to nurture psychological health and vitality.  His personal journey and experience, balanced with practical insights grounded in scientific evidence, offers hope to those wishing to find a path out of suffering and into wholeness.

He has written several popular ACT books, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Anxiety Disorders (for mental health professionals), The Mindfulness & Acceptance Workbook for Anxiety, 2nd ed., ACT on Life, Not on Anger, and Your Life on Purpose.  His latest ACT self-help book, Anxiety Happens: 52 Ways to Find Peace of Mind, is written for a general audience.

John holds a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, and is a Professor of Psychology and Director the Anxiety Disorders Research Program at the University at Albany, SUNY in Upstate New York. He is a licensed clinical psychologist, with expertise in the use and application of ACT for several forms of psychological and emotional suffering.  He is also widely sought-after ACT trainer, ACT clinical supervisor, and consultant and serves as a senior editor of the ACT book series with New Harbinger Publications.

Collectively, his work has helped foster growing interest in acceptance and mindfulness in psychology, mental health, medicine, and society.

John has trained thousands of mental health professionals in the practical use of ACT for anxiety disorders and a range of mental health concerns.  He is known to infuse his teaching and trainings with energy, humility and compassion, and his down-to earth workshops are consistently praised for their clarity, depth, and practical utility. John offers what promises to be a powerfully unique and dynamic ACT training experience.

John, along with his wife Jamie, regularly give ACT talks and workshops to the public and professionals in the United States and abroad.  They are well known for offering intensive week-long retreat-style ACT trainings at the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies in Rhinebeck, NY, the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA, Kripalu in Stockbridge, MA, and the Cape Cod Institute in Eastham, MA, where John and Jamie are members of the teaching faculty.

RegistrationEarly bird FeeRegular Fee
Individual Enrollment$249.00N/A
Full-Time Student$199.00N/A

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