Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Training

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Limited spots are available for this training-register soon!

WHEN:
Thursday, February 23, 2023, 9am-5pm MT 

WHERE: 
In-Person: AUCH Training Center, Salt Lake City, Utah 

COST:
$50 AUCH Members | $100 Non-Members

*Registration includes breakfast and lunch.

TARGET AUDIENCE: 
Behavioral Health Staff

OVERVIEW: 

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is an innovative type of psychotherapy that falls within the cognitive behavioral tradition. ACT is a unified treatment model that has strong support for specific disorders such as chronic pain, depression, substance use, and anxiety disorders. ACT works under the assumption that people are not broken and our thinking patterns and emotions are both logical and appropriate. The problem lies in the way we attempt to control and regulate these inner experiences. ACT assumes that most psychological disorders—or things that people struggle with—are at least partially the result of our attempts to regulate our thoughts and feelings and not the thoughts and feelings themselves.

This training follows the published manual ACT in Steps (Twohig, Levin, Ong, 2020) which is a transdiagnostic manual for learning to implement ACT. While the training could be useful for professionals with varying levels of skill in ACT, it is designed for those who are learning to implement ACT. We will cover all the main aspects of implementing ACT with a strong focus on the immediate skills needed to start doing ACT. We will fairly quickly go through theory, philosophy, and data on ACT. Basic issues in measurement from an ACT model will be covered and access to pertinent measures will be provided. For the remaining 75% of the training we will walk through a standard transdiagnostic protocol for implementing ACT. Teaching will occur through didactic, role play, demonstrations, and video. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the philosophy, theory, and research behind ACT
  • List the psychological processes targeted in ACT
  • Know the main measures used in ACT
  • Know a general transdiagnostic protocol of ACT
  • Utilize at least one key ACT exercise in a therapeutic context

*6 NASW CEUs (Pending)

AGENDA:

8:30-9:00 registration

9:00am - 10:30pm
           Theory, philosophy, and data on ACT
           Assessment from an ACT Model and the sis processes of change

10:30: 15 minute break

10:45-12:00am
          ACT and the Therapeutic Context          

Creative Hopelessness—Teaching Acceptance

Control as a Problem

12:00 - 1:00pm

          Lunch

1:00­ - 2:30pm
          Acceptance
          Defusion
          Implementing Behavioral Commitments

2:30- 2:45: 15 minute break

2:45 - 4:30
           Being Present
           Self as Context
           Values
           Wrapping up Therapy

This training is worth 7 CEU credits (NASW-pending)

PRESENTER:
Michael P. Twohig, Ph.D. 
is a licensed psychologist in the state of Utah and a Professor of Psychology at Utah State University, where he co-runs the ACT Research Group (with Dr. Levin). He received his B.A. and M.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, his Ph.D. from the University of Nevada, Reno, and completed his clinical internship at the University of British Columbia Hospital. He is past-President of the Association of Contextual Behavioral Science, the organization most associated with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). His research focuses on the use of ACT across a variety of clinical presentations with an emphasis on obsessive compulsive and related disorders. He has published over 200 scholarly works including 5 books, with the most recent being Innovations in ACT (with Levin and Krafft) and ACT in Steps (with Levin and Ong). His research has been funded through multiple sources including the National Institute of Mental Health.

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Questions about this training? Please contact Emily Bennett.

If you need assistance registering, please contact Austin Rives.