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Digital Seminar

Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) Master Class: Enhance Psychological Flexibility in Clients with Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Jennifer L. Patterson, PsyD, LCPC
17 Hours 14 Minutes
Audio and Video
May 16, 2018
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Watch this breakthrough Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) master class to develop core competencies and transform your skills to achieve better therapeutic outcomes, even with your most challenging clients!

You'll learn how ACT weaves mindfulness strategies with cognitive-behavioral change strategies to revolutionize some of the toughest clinical conditions.

This in-depth training includes step-by-step methods to:

  • set an ACT consistent treatment plan
  • build an ACT skills repertoire to use immediately with any client
  • apply evidence-based ACT practices in a fluid and ongoing manner

Clinicians, like you, are experiencing improved outcomes for a wide range of clinical conditions including anxiety, depression, trauma, PTSD, and personality disorders.

Full of thought provoking lecture, engaging case studies and guided instruction, you will learn essential ACT skills that your clinical practice is missing to help your clients move forward in living a meaningful life. Leave this master class armed with tools you can use in your very next session.

Revolutionize your client outcomes with the flexible and fluid ACT approach!


- PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This online program is worth 17.25 hours CPD for points calculation by your association.


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  1. Develop a deep understanding of the theoretical and philosophical foundation of the ACT model to help clients increase psychological flexibility.
  2. Expand knowledge base of ACT as a contextual behavioral science and how it differs from Cognitive Behavioral therapies.
  3. Detect the six psychological inflexible processes which maintain psychological rigidity and understand how it pulls clients away from value based behaviors.
  4. Formulate ACT consistent case conceptualizations to understand avoidance and how it relates to maintaining away moves related to value based behaviors.
  5. Utilize ACT case conceptualizations to prepare evidence-based treatment plans to assist with a cohesive treatment approach.
  6. Utilize the six psychological flexible processes in ACT to facilitate emotional openness and increase psychological flexibility in clients.
  7. Analyze how ACT attempts to undermine problematic language obstacles and implement clinical skills to assist clients with getting unhooked from their thoughts.
  8. Use metaphors, analogies, and experiential exercises to improve clients understanding of self and increase value-based behaviors.
  9. Implement ACT evidence-based protocols and processes into treatment for specific disorders including depression, anxiety, trauma and the personality disorders.
  10. Synthesize core ACT interventions, like defusion, mindfulness, acceptance and the observer self, to increase clients value-based behaviors.
  11. Utilize ACT interventions, like contacting the present moment, to assist with developing observation and awareness skills for your client.
  12. Explore and integrate the role of self-compassion in the ACT model and utilize exercises to help clients build self-acceptance.
  13. Establish an effective and valued therapeutic relationship through the use of compassion-focused therapy processes.
  14. Develop an understanding of the ACT extension models and integrate core ACT techniques to use with trauma, adolescents, groups and couples.
  15. Incorporate awareness training from the Crosshairs model to help clients with trauma to effectively identify painful thoughts and feelings and determine behaviors as being helpful or unhelpful in an effort to increase valued living.
  16. Implement the core skills from the DNA-V youth model, like mindfulness and action, to support personal growth and improve psychological problems in adolescent clients.
  17. Demonstrate how to implement the choice point skills useful for in-the-moment integration of CBT and ACT to assist clients to respond flexibly to the situations that occur outside of sessions.
  18. Integrate core self-compassion techniques and awareness training to assist your clients with effective interpersonal functioning and increasing satisfaction in interpersonal relationships.
  19. Utilize the ACT Matrix in session with groups and individuals in order to improve client engagement and strengthen commitment to values-consistent behaviors.


Master the Core Skills and Competencies of ACT

The ACT Model

  • What is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Evolution of Third Wave Behavioral Therapies
  • Outcome Studies
Foundations of ACT
  • Contextual Behavioral Sciences
  • Functional Contextualism
  • Relational Frame Theory
  • Happiness Trap
  • Importance of Understanding for Clinical Practice
Case Conceptualization
  • Experiential Avoidance as the Core Problem
  • Creative Hopelessness Exercises
  • Assessment Measures
  • ACT Clinical Interview
  • Inflexahex Diagnostic Model
Diagnostic Model: Six Core Processes of Psychological Inflexibility
  • Experiential Avoidance
  • Lack of awareness
  • Unclear Values
  • Unhelpful Behaviors
  • Attachment to Conceptualized Self
  • Cognitive Fusion
Treatment Model: Six Core Processes of Psychological Flexibility
  • Acceptance
  • Mindful Decision Making
  • Values Clarification
  • Value-Based Behaviors
  • Understanding Sense of Self
  • Defusion
Interventions and Strategies
  • Evidence-Based Processes and Practices
  • Mindfulness Action Plan
  • Commitment Plan Worksheet
  • Integration of Evidence-Based Models CBT, DBT, CFT
  • Role Play
  • Videos
  • Case Presentations
ACT Treatment Planning
  • Suggestaflex Model
  • Metaphors
  • Paradoxical Processes
  • Mindfulness Techniques
  • Self-Compassion Exercises
  • And Much More!
ACT in Action

  • Function of Trauma Symptoms
  • Specify Treatment Goals
  • Target Self-harm Behaviors
  • Increase Psychological Safety
  • Mindfulness Exercises
  • 12 Week Protocol
  • Control as the Problem
  • Mindful Worry Sheet
  • FEAR Algorithm
  • FEEL Exposure Work
Personality Disorders
  • Increase Emotional Tolerance
  • Values Clarification
  • Mind vs. Experience
  • Target the Client’s Story
  • Work with Client Anger
  • Role of Therapist Self-disclosure
  • 12 Week Protocol
  • Reason Giving
  • Rumination
  • Story Telling
  • Damaged Conceptualized Self
  • Behavioral Activation

ACT Extension Models

Groups & Individuals: The ACT Matrix

  • Simple Format for Groups and Individuals
  • Five-sense Experiences
  • Mental Experiences
  • Toward Moves
  • Away Moves
  • The Four Quadrants
Trauma Prevention & Treatment: The Crosshairs Diagram
  • Awareness Training
  • Identify Painful Thoughts and Feelings
  • Identify Situations as Being Helpful or Unhelpful
  • Living Your Values at Work, Home, or in Other Important Areas of Life
Adolescents: The DNA-V Model
  • For Adolescents, Parents, Teachers
  • Based on Growth and Development
  • Understand the 3 Processes and 2 Perspectives of Model
  • Assist Adolescent with Handling Difficult Thoughts, Feelings, and Situation
  • Discover Role
  • Noticer Role
  • Advisor Role
Outside of Client Session: The Choice Point Model
  • Useful for in-the-moment Integration of CBT and ACT
  • Target Situation Selection and Modification
  • Values and Skills Section
  • Modify the Form or Frequency of Inner Experience
  • Respond Flexibly to the Situation and the Inner Experience
  • Help the Client Identify and Use Strengths
Couples: The ID Model
  • Assists with Conceptualization and Treatment of Interpersonal Relationship Issues
  • Self-dislike
  • Lack of Insight
  • Emotional Avoidance or Attachment to Emotional Experience
  • Self-compassion
  • Self-awareness
  • Self-acceptance

Please Note: PESI is not affiliated or associated with Marsha M. Linehan, PhD, ABPP, or her organizations.

Target Audience

Counselors, Social Workers, Psychologists, Case Managers, Addiction Counselors, Therapists, Marriage & Family Therapists, Nurses, Other Mental Health Professionals

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