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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a revolutionary approach to psychotherapy that rethinks even our most basic assumptions of mental well-being. ACT therapists encourage their clients to recognize the avoidance patterns that, paradoxically, exacerbate, rather than reduce, their suffering; and to accept their lives as they are in the here and now. They believe that acceptance and mindful awareness are the first and most important steps on the pathway to change. Ultimately, emotional pain, anxiety, or sadness are not bad feelings; in fact, they may be good -- representing awareness and access to experiences that can be cognitively, emotionally, and existentially processed. Once addressed, they may no longer be necessary..
Both days of this workshop will be presented by Steve Hayes, Ph.D., one of ACT`s co-founders and internationally recognized for his contributions to its development. Participants in this workshop will (1) learn the concepts and ideals that comprise the ACT model, (2) practice useful clinical techniques based on the model, and (3) leave knowing how they can use these concepts and techniques to augment and empower their own clinical practices. Further, every paid registrant will automatically receive a free one-year membership to the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS)**. A great deal of supplemental information about ACT materials, research, and educational opportunities is available on the ACBS Website.
During Day 1, Dr. Hayes will provide a comprehensive understanding of the ACT model. He will describe the six core processes of ACT, how they contribute to psychopathology and how therapists can use them to formulate cases and develop powerful, individualized treatment interventions. ACT uses a `hexaflex` diagram to show how the core processes interact. Participants will use these diagrams as they learn to formulate cases and employ clinical interventions, such as a mindfulness variation based on the ACT model. A videotaped example will give participants a `moment-by-moment` sense of ACT in action.
On Day 2, participants will learn more about the ACT model and how it can help them make their own systems of therapy more effective. Topics will include the strategic use of creative hopelessness, seeing control as a problem rather than a solution, recognizing language traps and other rigid patterns that can hurt rather than help, avoiding language traps, and the skillful use of defusion techniques when appropriate. In addition, Dr. Hayes will discuss the concept of psychological flexibility -- the degree to which a person can remain focused in the face of his own worst doubts and fears. Demonstrations and practice sessions will help you learn several interventions particularly representative of the ACT model and philosophy
** All full-pay registrants will automatically become members of ACBS, will be assigned a user name and password, and will be able to access additional workshop materials and other ACT related information on the ACBS Website. ACBS dues are voluntary, in that members are asked to pay what they think their membership is worth. IAHB will contribute donations toward each registrant`s first annual membership fee. If you feel the value of your membership exceeds that amount, we encourage you to contribute the difference to this very worthwhile organization.
Check-in begins at 7:45 and workshop hours are 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM with an hour for lunch (on your own) from 12:00 Noon - 1:30 PM. There will be one 15-minute break in the morning and another in the afternoon.
For complete agenda and daily schedule, please download workshop brochure