Developed within a coherent theoretical and philosophical framework, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a unique empirically based psychological intervention that uses acceptance and mindfulness strategies, together with commitment and behavior change strategies, to increase psychological flexibility.
The transdiagnostic, "third wave," Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) approach is exploding in popularity — because it gets results.
This popular and empirically validated approach weaves mindfulness and cognitive behavioral strategies together to revolutionize client outcomes — making it an ideal solution for working with challenging clients struggling with anxiety, PTSD, depression, personality disorders and more.
And now you can learn how to apply this powerful approach with this comprehensive, self-paced online course.
Register today and you’ll join two of today’s leading ACT instructors Michael C. May, MA, LCPC, and Daniel Moran, Ph.D., BCBA-D, as they guide you through easy-to-follow ACT exercises and interventions that you can start using with your very next client.
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The Essential Acceptance & Commitment Therapy
The Core Components & Skills Made Simple
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- Over 12 hours of step-by-step video instruction from today's leading experts
- On-Demand, lifetime access to ALL course videos and resources
- Earn up to 12.5 CE Hours
- 2 FREE Bonuses (A $46.98 value — yours free when you register today!)
By mastering Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, you will help your clients create lives full of meaning — based on their values. And with this intensive online training, you’ll discover exactly how to...
- Integrate easy-to-use ACT exercises & interventions into your practice — immediately.
- Improve treatment outcomes for difficult-to-treat clients struggling with anxiety, depression, PTSD, personality disorders, substance use, and more.
- Increase client willingness and engagement using ACT principles as you guide your clients towards making meaningful behavioral changes.
- Radically transform your ability to conduct clinical assessments with the Inflexahex diagnostic model.
- Reduce burnout; walk into sessions feeling grounded, secure, knowledgeable, and ready to engage with new ACT exercises and interventions.
- Increase confidence in your clinical work AND free up time in your day by reducing the amount of time you spend preparing for sessions.
- Become the clinician who is able to take on difficult clients as you get lifetime access to a new theoretical approach, an entirely new arsenal of tools that will enhance your work, and so much more!
with Michael C. May, MA, LCPC
Michael C. May, MA, LCPC, will give you step by step instruction through applying the six core processes of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in sessions with clients.
Whether you are new to ACT or experienced, Michael has new, in-depth insights that will expand your repertoire of ACT interventions and concepts.
ACT Foundations: What You Need to Know
- Context: Why it is Fundamental to ACT
- How to determine the functional purpose of behavior
- What is language: Relational Frame Theory
- The source of psychological suffering
- The ACT model of psychopathology
- Experiential avoidance, cognitive fusion & the toxic cycle
- Psychological Flexibility: What it is & why it’s important
- The Inflexahex diagnostic model
- Limitations of the research & potential risks
Acceptance: Combat Experiential Avoidance
- What is “acceptance” in ACT?
- Experiential avoidance: The “Control Agenda”
- Client control over unwanted thoughts & feelings
- How to confront the control agenda
- Interventions for fostering acceptance
- Acceptance Exercises: The “Unwanted Party Guest;” “Barriers to Writing”
Defusion: Break Down Thoughts as Barriers
- The problem with cognitive fusion
- Weaken unworkable language functions
- Should thoughts always control behavior?
- Build an environment of defusion within session
- Strategies for building defusion skills
- Defusion Exercise: “Having vs Believing” our thoughts
Self-As-Context: Aid Clients in Distancing Themselves from Their Thoughts
- What is self-as-context?
- Self-as-content vs. self-as-context
- Mitigate attachment to the conceptualized self
- Help clients understand self-as-context
- Interventions to foster self-as-context
- Self-As-Context Exercise: The “observer self”
Contact with the Present Moment: Mindfulness Strategies to Reduce Worry about the Past & Future
- Mindfulness: A core feature of all human psychopathology
- What “mindfulness” means in ACT
- The goal of mindfulness practice in ACT
- How to train mindfulness with flexibility
- Overcome obstacles in teaching mindfulness
- Address relaxation-induced panic
- Formal & informal mindfulness interventions
- Contact with the Present Moment Exercise: Mindfulness without Meditation
Values: Guide Clients in Identifying & Clarifying What Matters
- The importance of values in ACT
- How values can be transformative in human behavior
- Values & goals
- How to evoke values from clients
- From instant gratification to pursuit of values
- Values Clarification Exercise: The Eulogy
Committed Action: Establish Values-Consistent Patterns of Behavior
- The relationship between values & committed action
- What’s considered committed action?
- Address persistent inaction, impulsivity or avoidance
- Exposure-based approaches
- Behavioral activation strategies
- Social-skills training interventions
- Problem-solving barriers to committed action
- Behavioral homework
- Case Study: Engaging in committed action with depression
with Daniel J. Moran, PhD, BCBA-D
In Part 2, Daniel J. Moran, PhD, BCBA-D, will expand your ACT foundations to show you how to easily weave mindfulness with cognitive-behavioral change strategies to enhance ACT techniques with clients who are struggling with PTSD, anxiety, depression and personality disorders.
The ACT Model
- Pain vs. suffering
- Language as a double-edged sword
- Goal: Psychological flexibility
- Limitations of the research & potential risks
How to Foster Client Acceptance of Emotions
- How to sidestep the happiness trap
- Spot common phrases of non-acceptance
- How to help clients understand acceptance
- Experiential Exercise: The finger trap
How to Change the Way Clients Interact with Their Thoughts
- Give clients skills to notice their thoughts
- How to decrease believability of unhelpful thoughts
- Experiential Exercise: Notice the meaning of language
How to Help Aid Clients in Establishing Their Identities
- How to describe the “observer self” to clients
- How to distance the self from thoughts & emotions
- Using the chess board metaphor
- Experiential Exercise: ”I am” exercise
The Strategies You Need to Build Attention to the Here & Now
- How language affects mindfulness
- ThoughtFit exercises
- Obstacles in teaching mindfulness
- Experiential Exercise: Mindfulness meditation
How to Help Clients Determine What Gives Life Meaning
- How to help clients author their values
- Values vs. goals
- What to do when clients are “stuck”
- Batteries exercise
- Epitaph exercise
How to Assist Clients in Behaving in the Service of Chosen Values
- Address rule-governed behavior
- Exposure & ritual prevention strategies
- The Mindful Action Plan
- Function of trauma symptoms
- Experiential avoidance in PTSD
- Increase psychological safety
- Dominating concepts of the past & future
- Trauma-informed mindfulness exercises
- Client avoidance & escape strategies
- Assessment tools
- Address reason-giving as a barrier
- Strategies to increase willingness
- Anxiety Detector exercise
- Values contradiction
- How experiential avoidance impacts depression
- Fusion to the damaged conceptualized self
- Behavioral activation strategies
- Coping strategies
- Increase emotional tolerance
- Target the client’s story
- Experiential avoidance from the therapist
Register now and you'll get 2 FREE bonuses (A $46.98 value!)...
With this PDF workbook, you can begin using ACT immediately with any client, with help from:
- Reproducible handouts & worksheets
- Mindfulness scripts
- Experiential exercises
- Transcripts from therapy sessions with line by line analysis, and so much more!
“Learning ACT is often confusing. This great book takes an interested clinician by the hand and leads them through a challenging learning path. Written by working clinicians for working clinicians, the book is engaging and clear.”
- Joanne Steinwachs, LCSW, Peer Reviewed ACT Trainer
"The ACT Approach is a marvelous must have desk resource for any practicing therapist. [Tim and Jessica] supply highly useful client handouts that the therapist can use to support learning and offer very entertaining and useful experiential self-guided exercises for the therapist who is new to ACT. Through the use of clinical transcripts, which have unique sidebar commentaries, Jessica and Tim demonstrate how to use ACT principles with a wide range of common clinical problems. Highly recommended!"
- Kirk Strosahl, PhD, Co-founder of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
For use in therapy, in classrooms, or at home, this PDF card deck will help you ask the tough questions, encourage meaningful action, and provide new perspectives to help clients let go of negative thoughts and live in the present moment. For use with a variety of clients!
Praise for the course from your peers...
“I loved this course! Daniel Moran was very interesting, engaging and intelligent. I liked how he presented from an academic as well as a therapeutic perspective.” – Kristin P.
“I enjoyed the course and presenter; he offered some extremely good ideas, metaphors and imagery work that can be used with my clients. Thank you for the course!” – Scott C.
“Great Overview of ACT! I feel confident to implement this therapy in my current practice.” – Carol R.
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.Click here for information about Michael C. May
Daniel J. Moran, PhD, BCBA-D, is the past-president of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science, the international ACT organization with over 8,000 members worldwide. He wrote the first case conceptualization manual for Acceptance and Commitment Therapy entitled ACT in Practice (New Harbinger), and served on the first ACT training committee.
As a Recognized ACT trainer in the ACBS community, Dr. Moran has an engaging training style. He has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Network, TLC, and The Discovery Channel discussing the treatment of many clinical disorders, and he has also published several articles and book chapters, including publications with CBT pioneer Albert Ellis and ACT pioneer Steven Hayes.
- ACT shows us how avoiding things in life can actually perpetuate distress — and what we can do about it.
- ACT shows us the power of mindfulness to help us focus on the present moment — and why this is so important.
- ACT helps us identify what our clients truly value and care about in life — so they can more easily create lives worth living.
- ACT is empirically supported and has been studied in hundreds of randomized controlled trials — with strong results for a number of clinical diagnoses and behavioral health challenges.
- Reviewing the online courses, book, and card set provides you with an entirely new set of tools and skills that will both ease your mind and prepare you to more fully engage with clients.
- An elite group of professionals are already learning these highly practical, evidence-based skills, powerful assessment tools, case conceptualization techniques, and proven clinical strategies — and they have given this course high marks.
- With over 12 hours of video online training, an award-winning book, the ACT Deck of cards, insightful commentary, case studies and video examples, you will have powerful new clinical strategies that you can immediately start applying in your practice! We encourage you to take the time to fully absorb everything. Watch the tapes. Read the materials. Get your CE hours!
- But, if you review all of the course materials and are still not satisfied, just let us know. Your satisfaction is guaranteed.
- You sure can! Once you register for the course, the materials are yours for life.
We're that confident you'll find this learning experience to be all that's promised and more than you expected.