This On Demand course and will be available after purchase. Participants can watch, pause, and re-watch the sessions at their convenience.
All course content (quiz, certificate, videos) will be available until April 1, 2021. Extensions cannot be granted under any circumstances.
Registration will close on March 1, 2021.
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!
Online Course Format
- 3 Session Online Training – 2 hours per session
- 6 CEUs
- Each session will consist of 2 hours of teaching content
- Non-Interactive – registrants will have access to lectures, PowerPoint presentation, demonstrations, video clips, and experiential exercises.
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
- The Problem of Control
- Creative Hopelessness
- Bus Metaphor to Move toward Values
Hexaflex: The 6 ACT Processes
- Cognitive Defusion
- Moving into Emotions Exercise
- 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
- Why Personality Disorders Are So Different
- Latest Research: Genetics & Neurology
- Excessive and Missing Traits
- Installing Observing Ego
- Finding Values and Behavioural 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, 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.
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