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Helping Clients Live Mighty Lives with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Jill Stoddard, PhD
1 Hour 16 Minutes
Dec 03, 2020
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Clients come to our offices to feel better. But to be human is to know pain--especially insofar as pain points toward what matters to us (we don't worry about Netflix going out of business, we worry about our loved ones, careers, or the planet). Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) teaches clients to live better even if they don't feel better. Using six core processes, ACT builds psychological flexibility so clients we can let go of the fight against pain, stop being bullied by their inner critics, imposter voices, and 'I'm not good enough' stories, and move toward a life worth living--one characterized by meaning, purpose, and vitality. ACT has become increasingly popular as evidence has mounted supporting its efficacy for a number of clinical presentations (e.g., anxiety, depression, tinnitus, chronic pain, interpersonal issues, psychosis and more). Its focus on values and use of metaphors and experiential exercises brings ACT to life in salient and meaningful ways.


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Jill Stoddard, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and director of The Center for Stress and Anxiety Management. She is the author of two books: Be Mighty: A Woman’s Guide to Liberation from Anxiety, Worry, and Stress Using Mindfulness and Acceptance and The Big Book of ACT Metaphors: A Practitioner’s Guide to Experiential Exercises and Metaphors in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Dr. Stoddard is an award-winning teacher, peer-reviewed ACT trainer, and co-host of the Psychologists Off the Clock podcast. She is a frequent podcast guest, regular contributor to Psychology Today, and has had her writing appear in Scary Mommy, Thrive Global, The Good Men Project, and Mindful Return. Dr. Stoddard received her PhD from Boston University in 2007.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Jill Stoddard is the founder and director for The Center for Stress and Anxiety Management. She is an author and receives royalties. Dr. Stoddard receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Jill Stoddard is a member of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America; Association for Contextual and Behavioral Science; and Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy.


  1. Analyze the 6 core processes of ACT.
  2. Determine psychological flexibility (the main goal of ACT).
  3. Utilize at least one metaphor or experiential practise with clients.


Attendees will learn:
  • Strategies for teaching clients how to practice acceptance as an alternative to control of internal experiences (emotions, physical sensations, urges) 
  • Strategies for teaching clients to relate to their minds differently so thoughts no longer hold them back from living the lives they want. 
  • How to guide clients in identifying their most deeply held personal values

Target Audience

  • Counsellors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Therapists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counsellors
  • Case Managers
  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

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