Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

27 Feb 2020 8:30 AM | Amy Safford (Administrator)


Presenters: Richard Lewis, LCPC and Teresa Valliere, LCSW, LADC, CCS

Thursday and Friday: Feb 27 & 28, 2020, 8:30am - 4:30pm

Woodfords Club,179 Woodford Street,Portland, ME 04103

12 CEUS          $179

Clients get stuck; helpers get stuck with them.  They get stuck in their feelings, thoughts, stories and repetitive behavioral patterns, called psychological rigidity. Persistent psychological rigidity can be seen as the core of most mental disorders.  Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) views clients as stuck rather than sick and occasional psychological rigidity and experiential avoidance as a part of the human condition.  ACT is an accepted evidenced based practice helping clients with a wide range of emotional, psychological and behavioral difficulties. It combines the wisdom and effectiveness of mindfulness practices and behavioral activation.   Integrating ACT into your practice, you can help your clients to:

Unhook from negative/harmful thoughts

Be more present

Accept what cannot be changed

Focus on what’s most important in their lives

Take committed action toward their values

Have a kinder and more realistic view of themselves

Using a combination of didactic presentation and experiential exercises, this workshop will introduce ACT model, philosophy and core concepts of psychological rigidity and flexibility.  Attendees will leave this training with a basic understanding of ACT approaches and with specific interventions they can employ immediately.  This workshop is a combination of didactic material, individual reflections, group discussion, and experiential activities. 

Target Audience: Mental and Behavioral Health Professionals, Social Workers, Psychologists, Physicians, Nurses, Therapists, Counseling Staff, Alcohol and Drug Counselors, and clinical staff in mental health, substance abuse, co-occurring, behavioral or health settings.