Seminar Detail

Acceptance & Commitment Therapy: 2-Day Intensive ACT Training
Where:
ALBANY, NY
When:
Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - Thursday, February 20, 2020

This event is not currently available for purchase.

For more information: Call (800) 844-8260
Course Description:

Looking to improve your therapy approach?

How often do you review your appointment calendar and start wondering how you’re going to, finally, help a regular client who seems to progress for a while – and then regress?

Each time he/she arrives, you use the same tools and techniques you’ve used for so long – and mostly successfully – but this one client is testing your skills. Now you can begin to integrate Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) into your practice – and see improved outcomes.

Researched and developed by world-renowned researcher, speaker and author Steven Hayes, PhD, ACT is fast becoming the treatment approach that gets to the heart of therapeutic relationship.

Join ACT expert trainer Michael C. May, MA, LCPC, for this workshop where you will develop highly practical, evidence-based skills, case conceptualization techniques and powerful strategies that will improve outcomes for the following:

  • Anxiety Issues
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Mood Disorders
  • Substance Abuse
  • Anger Management
  • Eating Disorders
  • Trauma
  • Personality Disorders

Attend this intensive, engaging and transformative workshop and start a new path for healing you can use with your most difficult clients.

Free mindfulness exercises are included! You will also receive copies of ACT-based psychological assessment tools and case conceptualization forms.
Objectives:

  1. Demonstrate effective use of the six core processes of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to help clients advance psychological flexibility.
  2. Illustrate clinical techniques for increasing psychological flexibility in clients using ACT.
  3. Utilize acceptance approaches with avoidance problems to strengthen a client’s willingness to have emotions.
  4. Implement clinical skills to help client effectively handle automatic cognitions.
  5. Utilize effective ACT exercises in therapy to aid clients with developing new skills to engage in the present moment and move past struggles.
  6. Assess and clarify a client’s values in order to develop an effective treatment plan and avoid potential clinical problems.
  7. Integrate ACT into different therapeutic styles and methods as an approach to managing symptoms.
  8. Create committed action plans for clients with anxiety disorders to improve level of functioning.
  9. Use metaphors to undermine language-based avoidance repertoires to improve client engagement.
  10. Utilize clinical strategies to develop an ACT-based behavior therapy plan as it relates to treatment outcomes.
  11. Implement emotional, behavioral willingness and exposure techniques with clients to reduce experiential avoidance.
  12. Apply ACT techniques to the treatment of specific disorders including depression, anxiety, trauma and personality disorders.
OUTLINE

The ACT Model
  • The nature of human suffering
  • ”Healthy normality” is a myth
  • Language: The double-edged sword
  • Undermine unhelpful thoughts
  • Aiming for psychological flexibility and why
  • The ACT hexagon model
Limitations of the Research and Potential Risks
  • Children and adolescents
  • Acute, florid hallucinations
  • Catatonic depression
  • Individuals with an adverse reaction to mindfulness exercises
Acceptance
  • Strengthening a willingness to have emotions
  • The opposite of acceptance is experiential avoidance
  • Experiential avoidance throughout the lifespan
  • Why acceptance is important
  • Case example: Teenage shyness & hoarding
Defusion
  • Look at thoughts rather than from thoughts
  • Deal with automatic thoughts
  • The power of words
  • The problem with cognitive fusion
  • Address CBT-based disputation techniques with defusion
  • ”Taking your mind for a walk” exercise
  • Case example: Eating disorders & social phobia
Perspective-Taking
  • Understand the “Self” in ACT
  • Self-as-content, self-as-perspective, self-as-context
  • Observer self-exercise
  • Deal with identity issues
  • Case examples related to PTSD & childhood sexual trauma
Mindfulness
  • Contacting the present moment
  • Why being in the here-and-now is critical for mental health
  • Relationship between mindlessness and psychopathology
  • Meditation, mindfulness and mindful action
  • Exercises for mindful action
  • Case example: Anger, personality disorders, alcoholism
Values Work
  • The positive side of language
  • Identifying core values
  • Differentiate values and goals
  • Writing values-based treatment goals
  • The ethics of values clarification
  • Establishing the life line
  • Case example: Heroin addiction, bipolar disorder
Committed Action
  • Define “commitment” objectively
  • Integrate evidence-based therapy with ACT
  • Develop ACT-based behavior therapy treatment plans
  • Improve behavioral activation with ACT
  • Accelerate exposure therapy with ACT
  • Case example: Depression, agoraphobia
Pulling It All Together
  • Hexaflex model for psychological flexibility
  • Ask the “ACT Question” for self-help and case conceptualization
  • Inflexahex model: Diagnosis from an ACT approach
  • Case example: Obsessive-compulsive disorder
Incorporate ACT into Your Own Approach
  • Social skills training
  • Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Inpatient treatment programs systems
  • Exposure and ritual prevention
  • Behavioral activation
  • Parent management training
  • Executive coaching
The Mindful Action Plan
  • ACT simplified
  • Passengers on the bus: The classic ACT group exercise
  • How ACT can make you a better therapist
Target Audience

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

MICHAEL C. MAY, MA, LCPC

Michael C. May, MA, LCPC, is a psychotherapist in private practice and an ACT Trainer. He is a founding partner of Compassionate Psychological Care, LLP, a clinic that provides a wide-range of psychological services with offices in Chicago and Highland Park, IL. Within his private practice, his clinical work is focused on anxiety-related presenting concerns, primarily panic disorder and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Michael is co-founder of Enriched Couples LLC, a company focused on utilizing applied behavioral science in conjunction with financial literacy training to aid young couples in undermining toxic experiential avoidance and building vital and valued relationships.

Michael has received advanced training in various contextual behavioral approaches to psychotherapy including Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and regularly provides workshops and professional trainings on Acceptance & Commitment Therapy. He is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the state of Illinois. He is a member of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science and the Association for Behavior Analysis International.
Addiction Counselors
This course has been approved by PESI, Inc., as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for 12.5 CE in the Counseling Services skill group. NAADAC Provider #77553. PESI, Inc. is responsible for all aspects of their programming. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance.

Massachusetts Counselors: CE credit is available. This program has been approved for 12.5 I MaMHCA/MMCEP hours for re-licensure, in accordance with 262 CMR. Expires: 2/24/2021. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.

New York Counselors: CE credit is available. PESI, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department's (NYSED) State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Mental Health Counselors. #MHC-0033. This activity will qualify for 15.0 contact hours. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.

Vermont Counselors: CE credit is available. This activity is approved by the Board of Allied Mental Health Practitioners (BAMHP) for 12.5 continuing education credits.


Marriage & Family Therapists
This activity consists of 760 minutes of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. You should save this course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

Massachusetts Marriage & Family Therapists: This activity has been certified by NEAFAST on behalf of the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health & Human Services Professions, for LMFT professional continuing education. Full attendance at this activity qualifies for 12.5 contact hours.

New York Marriage & Family Therapists: PESI, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department's (NYSED) State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists. #MFT-0024. This activity will qualify for 15.0 contact hours. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.


Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Clinical Nurse Specialists
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PESI, Inc. is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Nurses in full attendance will earn 12.6 contact hours. Partial contact hours will be awarded for partial attendance.


Psychiatrists
PESI, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

PESI, Inc. designates this live activity for a maximum of 12.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

New York Psychologists: This live activity consists of 760 minutes of continuing education instruction and is related to the practice of psychology.

Ohio Psychologists: CE credit is available. PESI, Inc. is approved by the Ohio Psychological Association, Provider #263896894, to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. PESI, Inc. maintains responsibility for this program and its content. PESI is offering this activity for 12.5 standard hours of continuing education credit. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.

Vermont Psychologists: CE credit is available. This activity is approved by the Board of Psychological Examiners for 12.5 continuing education credits.


Social Workers
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PESI, Inc., #1062, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. PESI, Inc. maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: January 27, 2020 - January 27, 2023. Social Workers completing this course receive 12.5 Clinical Practice continuing education credits. Course Level: Intermediate. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to social workers who complete the program evaluation.

New York Social Workers: PESI, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department's (NYSED) State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0008. This activity will qualify for 15.0 contact hours. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.


Other Professions
This activity qualifies for 760 minutes of instructional content as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your course outline and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.

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