The Center for Professional Development


Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: An Introduction

Friday, November 15, 2013

$125 (see Registration Information for discount information)
6 CEUs

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is known as part of the Third Wave of behavioral therapies, and is an empirically derived intervention for a variety of psychological problems.  It is a unique cognitive/behavior therapy that is especially well-suited to the practice of social work. Both share a focus on context, strengths, and understanding human suffering in ways that avoid pathologizing individuals so they can accept themselves and others; choose valued directions for their lives; and commit to action that leads them in those directions. This seminar examines the underlying theory supporting ACT and explores the relevance of experiential avoidance to human suffering as well as the application of the six core processes of psychological flexibility. Upon completion of this course, participants are able to 1) describe a key difference between ACT and CBT; 2) briefly explain Relational Frame Theory (RFT); 3) describe the six core processes of psychological flexibility commonly used in ACT; 4) describe experiential avoidance; and 5) commit to action on at least one core process that they will apply to their personal or professional lives. Diversity is addressed in the contexts of ACT’s allowance for individualized assessment and treatment that does not rely on a predetermined or culturally specific model of normal and abnormal behavior; and its detachment from judgmental thoughts, and commitment to valued directions. This seminar is appropriate for all levels of post-master’s degreed practitioners in the mental health, medical and substance abuse fields, as well as those who work with families and couples. Familiarity with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy will be helpful, but is not required.

John Armando, MSS, LCSW, is Director of Behavioral Medicine at Underwood Memorial Hospital’s Family Medicine Residency program.  John is also co-founder and director of behavioral therapy at Total Rehab and Fitness, a multidisciplinary disease management program.