Integrating Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) to Enhance Your Interventions

Presented by Richard W. Sears, Psy.D., Ph.D., MBA, ABPP

Live Streaming on November 16 - 17, 2022


12 Hours | Pre-approved for CEU’s


This online course will be streaming live on November 16 – 17, 2022, 2022 from 8:30am – 4:00pm PT, 10:30am – 6:00pm CT, 11:30am – 7:00pm ET after purchase.

10:00am – 10:15am PT, 12:00pm – 12:15pm CT, 1:00pm – 1:15pm ET
12:00pm – 1:00pm PT, 2:00pm – 3:00pm CT, 3:00pm- 4:00pm ET
2:30pm – 2:45pm PT, 4:30pm – 4:45pm CT, 5:30pm – 5:45pm ET

Recorded footage and all course content (certificate, videos, quiz) will be available until December 19, 2022. Extensions cannot be granted under any circumstances.
Please allow 1 – 3 business days after the course airs for recorded footage to become available.

Registration will close on November 15, 2022

If you or your clients are feeling stuck, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) can give you a bigger perspective on the dynamics of why and where the inertia is happening.

ACT is an evidence-based approach that can incorporate any other effective intervention. Acceptance processes, which include mindfulness, help clients let go of struggles with their own internal experiences with strong thoughts and feelings. Commitment processes help clients clarify and move toward their own values in the service of living a more meaningful life.

Join experienced ACT presenter Dr. Richard Sears as he delivers an exercise and technique-heavy course that will give you the tools needed to more effectively treat clients with depression, anxiety, trauma, and personality disorders. Richard will teach you the main concepts of ACT, including mindfulness, acceptance, and defusion–demonstrating how these create greater psychological flexibility. Discover a variety of techniques for helping clients who are struggling to make difficult behaviour changes due to the presence of painful thoughts, feelings, and memories. You will learn how to effectively use metaphors, custom techniques, and experiential exercises to help your clients identify their values and translate them into behaviour goals.

Through lecture, case examples, and experiential exercises, you will be able to integrate ACT techniques and skills in your practice immediately!

ACT in a Nutshell

  • Definition of ACT
  • Functional Contextualism
  • Relational Frame Theory
  • Existential Behaviourism
  • What Goes Wrong: ACT Model of Psychopathology
    • Attachment to Conceptualized Self
    • Cognitive Fusion
    • Experiential Avoidance
    • Dominance of Past & Future
    • Lack of Values Clarity/Contact
    • Unworkable Action
  • Increasing Psychological Flexibility
  • Suffering
  • The Problem of Control
  • Creative Hopelessness
  • Willingness
  • Bus Metaphor to Move toward Values

Hexaflex: The 6 ACT Processes

  • Self-As-Context
    • Observing Self Exercise
  • Cognitive Defusion
    • Lemon Exercise
  • Acceptance
    • Moving into Emotions Exercise
  • Mindfulness
    • 3-Minute Breathing Space
  • Values
    • Moving Toward Values Exercise
  • Committed Action
    • Exposure exercises
    • Setting behavioural goals

ACT in Action


  • Client avoidance strategies (including rumination)
  • Quicksand and Crying Baby Metaphors
  • Clean vs. Dirty Anxiety
  • Internal Exposure


  • Nature of Trauma & Why Clients Get Trapped
  • Mindfulness Exercises-Exposure vs. Avoidance
  • Memory Reconsolidation
  • File Cabinet Exercise
  • Tin Can Monster Exercise


  • Assessing Medical/Substance/Medication Issues
  • Behavioural Activation
  • Beck’s Cognitive Triad & Suicidality
  • Defusing from Thoughts and Taking Action

Personality Disorders

  • Why Personality Disorders Are So Different
  • Latest Research: Genetics & Neurology
  • Excessive and Missing Traits
  • Installing Observing Ego
  • Finding Values and Behavioural Goals
  • Develop a deep understanding of the six core processes of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to help clients advance psychological flexibility
  • Demonstrate how ACT incorporates elements of exposure therapy to reduce experiential avoidance
  • Define cognitive defusion and how clients can use it to change their relationship to distressing thoughts
  • Help clients clarify their values to give them direction and willingness to engage with challenges
  • Practice mindfulness skills to teach clients to better understand unhelpful automatic patterns of thinking, feeling, and reacting
  • Integrate ACT techniques into treatments for specific disorders including depression, anxiety, trauma and personality disorders

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, Youth Workers, Mental Health Workers, School Counsellors, Behaviour Specialists, Addiction Specialists, Marital & Family Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Vocational Rehabilitation Consultants and all professionals looking to enhance their therapeutic skills.

Richard W. Sears, PsyD, PhD, MBA, ABPP, is a board-certified clinical psychologist in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, where he is in private practice for both therapy and consultation, and is Director of the Center for Clinical Mindfulness & Meditation.

He holds several academic appointments, including the Department of Clinical Psychiatry & Behavioural Neurosciences with the UC College of Medicine. Dr. Sears is also a psychologist contractor with the Cincinnati VA Medical Center and with Alliance Integrative Medicine.

A sought-after professional speaker, Dr. Sears has provided hundreds of seminars on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and mindfulness around the world, and is the author of over a dozen books, including the forthcoming ACT with Anxiety (2020), The CBT & Mindfulness Toolbox (2017), Mindfulness: Living through Challenges and Enriching Your Life in this Moment (2014) and Consultation Skills for Mental Health Professionals (2006). He is also a fifth-degree black belt in Ninjutsu, once serving as a personal protection agent for the Dalai Lama of Tibet. He has a PhD in Buddhist Studies, and received ordination in three traditions, as well as recognition as a Zen master, experiences that have greatly enriched his understanding of and passion for teaching the principles of mindfulness and ACT. His website is

RegistrationEarly bird FeeRegular Fee
Individual Enrollment$449.00N/A
Full-Time Student$359.00N/A

All fees are in Canadian dollars ($CAD).

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  • Canadian Psychological Association
    The Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW) and the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Social Workers (NLASW) accept CPA-approved continuing education credits