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Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT): 3-Day Master Class


Faculty:
Jennifer L. Patterson
Duration:
3 Full Days
Format:
Audio and Video
Product Code:
LWC053645
Brochure Code:
PLW75403
Media Type:
Live Webcast - Also available: Digital Seminar

Program no longer active
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Description

We’ve all had clients stuck in a state of paralyzing emotional pain and fear. You’ve tried everything, and you’re frustrated because nothing is working to help your clients begin to improve or reach their therapeutic goals.

Sometimes you see success, but the next session, you and your client are back to where you started. You dread your next session because all your suggestions are met with resistance, or “what if I try, but get worse?"

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a transdiagnostic, evidence-based approach that offers a unique and effective way for you to achieve positive therapeutic outcomes with your most difficult-to-treat clients.

You’ll leave this master class confident in your ability to interact ACT skills into your practice.

Dr. Jennifer Patterson, Psy.D., LCPC, will teach you the ACT skills you need to help your clients who are struggling to make difficult behavior changes due to the presence of painful thoughts, feelings and memories.

You’ll learn how ACT weaves mindfulness strategies with cognitive-behavioral change strategies to revolutionize client outcomes.

You’ll learn how to apply ACT skills such as acceptance, mindfulness and values clarification to the treatment of clients suffering from PTSD, anxiety, trauma and personality disorders, as well as how to use a variety of ACT extension models in multiple other clinical situations.

Full of thought-provoking lecture, engaging case studies, video examples and guided instruction, the ACT Master Class will teach you the essential ACT skills that you need to help your clients move forward in living meaningful and fulfilling lives.

You will leave this live webcast armed with tools you can use in your very next session.

Enroll now to revolutionize your client outcomes with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy!

Credits


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NOTE: Tuition includes one free CE Certificate (participant will be able to print the certificate of completion after completing and passing the on-line post-test evaluation). 

Continuing Education Information: Listed below are the continuing education credit(s) currently available for this live interactive webcast. This webcast is a broadcast of a live event. You will be able to type questions to the speaker. The speaker will see the questions and address them during the presentation as time allows. Please note, your state licensing board dictates whether web based activities are an acceptable form of continuing education. Please refer to your state rules and regulations. If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. For other credit inquiries not specified below, please contact cepesi@pesi.com or 800-844-8260 before the event.

Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals.  As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

CE Information is based on 100% attendance.

Information obtained in this course should be used within your scope of practice.


Addiction Counselors

NAADAC

This course has been approved by PESI, Inc., as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for 19.0 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. 


California Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Counselors

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider by the CCAPP-EI, Provider #: OS-03-036-1019. This activity meets the qualifications for 19.0 CEH's (continuing education hours).


Connecticut Addiction Counselors

Provider #120924. This course has been approved as a CCB approved training and has been awarded 19.0 hours by the Connecticut Certification Board.


Counselors

This educational offering consists of 19.0 clock hour(s) of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please save the course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from this offering and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements. 


California Counselors

The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE programs that are approved by other approval agencies, including several that approve PESI and its programs.  A full list of approval agencies accepted by the BBS can be found at www.bbs.ca.gov/licensees/cont_ed.html under “Where to find CE Courses.”  This level activity consists of 19.0 clock hours of continuing education instruction.


Texas Counselors

PESI, Inc. has been approved as a continuing education sponsor through the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors. Provider #: 2477. This course qualifies for 19.0 continuing education credits.


Florida Counselors

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling. Provider Number 50-399. This course qualifies for 19.0 continuing education credits.


New York Counselors

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 22.75 contact hours. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance


Ohio Counselors

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage & Family Therapist Board. Provider approval #:RCST071001. Full attendance at this course meets the qualifications for 19.0 clock hours of continuing education credit. 


Pennsylvania Counselors

The Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors accepts many national association CE approvals, several of which PESI offers. For a full list, please see your State Board regulations at https://www.dos.pa.gov/ProfessionalLicensing/BoardsCommissions/. This activity consists of 19.0 clock hours of continuing education instruction.


South Carolina Counselors

This program has been approved for 19.0 continuing education hours by the South Carolina Board of Examiners for Licensure of Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Psycho-Educational Specialists. Provider #4540.


Marriage & Family Therapists

This activity consists of 1140 minutes of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please save the activity advertisement, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements. 


California Marriage & Family Therapists

The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE programs that are approved by other approval agencies, including several that approve PESI and its programs.  A full list of approval agencies accepted by the BBS can be found at www.bbs.ca.gov/licensees/cont_ed.html under “Where to find CE Courses.”  This level activity consists of 19.0 clock hours of continuing education instruction.


Texas Marriage & Family Therapists

PESI, Inc. has been approved as a continuing education sponsor through the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists. Provider # 503. This course qualifies for 19.0 continuing education credits.


Florida Marriage & Family Therapists

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling. Provider Number 50-399. This course qualifies for 19.0 continuing education credits.


Illinois Marriage & Family Therapists

PESI has been approved as a provider of continuing education by the State of Illinois, Department of Professional Regulation. Provider #:168-000156. Full attendance at this activity qualifies for 19.0 credits. 


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 22.75 contact hours. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance


Ohio Marriage & Family Therapists

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage & Family Therapist Board. Provider approval #:RCST071001. Full attendance at this course meets the qualifications for 19.0 clock hours of continuing education credit. 


Pennsylvania Marriage & Family Therapists

The Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors accepts many national association CE approvals, several of which PESI offers. For a full list, please see your State Board regulations at https://www.dos.pa.gov/ProfessionalLicensing/BoardsCommissions/. This activity consists of 19.0 clock hours of continuing education instruction.


South Carolina Marriage & Family Therapists

This program has been approved for 19.0 continuing education hours by the South Carolina Board of Examiners for Licensure of Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Psycho-Educational Specialists. Provider #4540.


Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Clinical Nurse Specialists

PESI, Inc. is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Nurses in full attendance will earn 19.0 contact hours.


California Nurses

PESI, Inc. is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 17118 for 19.0 contact hours. Full attendance is required. No partial contact hours will be issued for partial attendance. 


Florida Nurses

CE Broker

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the Florida Board of Nursing, Provider # FBN2858. This course qualifies for 19.0 contact hours. 


Iowa Nurses

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider by the Iowa Board of Nursing. Provider #: 346. Full attendance at this activity qualifies for 19.0 contact hours. Full attendance in the activity is required; no partial contact hours will be issued for partial attendance. These contact hours are used for your license renewal. Please email cepesi@pesi.com with your license number, include the webcast title, speaker name and date. PESI must have this number on file in order for your hours to be valid for the webcast.


Psychologists

The following state psychologist boards recognize activities sponsored by PESI, Inc. as an approved ACCME provider: Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Wisconsin. This activity consists of 19.0 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Certificates of attendance will be issued for you to submit to your state licensing board to recognize for continuing education credit. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.

 

PESI, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education.

 

PESI, Inc. designates this live activity for a maximum of 19.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

 

You are required to successfully complete and submit a post-test prior to receiving a certificate of completion.


California Psychologists

PESI, Inc. is approved by the California Psychological Association to provide continuing education for psychologists. Provider #PES010. PESI maintains responsibility for this program and its contents. PESI is offering this activity for 19.0 hours of continuing education credit. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.


Florida Psychologists

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the Florida Board of Psychology. Provider Number #50-399. This course qualifies for 19.0 continuing education credits.


Illinois Psychologists PESI, Inc is an approved provider with the State of Illinois, Department of Professional Regulation. License #: 268.000102. Full attendance at this course qualifies for 19.0 contact hours.
Indiana Psychologists

PESI, Inc is an approved provider with the Indiana Board of Psychology. Certificate #: 98000998A - Category I. PESI maintains full responsibility for this program and its contents. Full attendance at this course qualifies for 19.0 contact hours.


Kentucky Psychologists

PESI, Inc. is approved by the Kentucky Board of Examiners of Psychology to offer continuing education for psychologists. PESI maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This activity will qualify for 19.0 contact hours.


Ohio Psychologists

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 19.0  hours of continuing education credit. 


Social Workers

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, 2017 - January 27, 2020. Social Workers completing this course receive 19.0 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.


California Social Workers

The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE programs that are approved by other approval agencies, including several that approve PESI and its programs.  A full list of approval agencies accepted by the BBS can be found at www.bbs.ca.gov/licensees/cont_ed.html under “Where to find CE Courses.”  This level activity consists of 19.0 clock hours of continuing education instruction.


Colorado Social Workers

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the Colorado Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. Provider #1413. This course has been approved for 19.0 continuing education hours. 

 

COLORADO PARTICIPANTS ONLY: To be reported to the Colorado Chapter of the NASW, after completing and passing the online post-test/evaluation, please contact cepesi@pesi.com and provide the full title of the webcast, speaker name, date of live broadcast, your name and your license number in the email.


Florida Social Workers

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling. Provider Number 50-399. This course qualifies for 19.0 continuing education credits.


Illinois Social Workers

PESI, Inc is an approved provider with the State of Illinois, Department of Professional Regulation. License #: 159-000154. Full attendance at this course qualifies for 19.0 contact hours.


Kansas Social Workers

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board. Provider #14-006. This course has been approved for 19.0 continuing education hours.


Minnesota Social Workers

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the State of Minnesota, Board of Social Work. Provider #: CEP-140. This course has been approved for 19.0 continuing education hours. This certificate has been issued upon successful completion of a post-test.


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 22.75 contact hours. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance. 


Ohio Social Workers

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage & Family Therapist Board. Provider approval #:RCST071001. Full attendance at this course meets the qualifications for 19.0 clock hours of continuing education credit. 


Pennsylvania Social Workers The Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors accepts many national association CE approvals, several of which PESI offers. For a full list, please see your State Board regulations at https://www.dos.pa.gov/ProfessionalLicensing/BoardsCommissions/. This activity consists of 19.0 clock hours of continuing education instruction.
Other Professions

This activity qualifies for 19.0 continuing education minutes as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your activity advertisement and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements. 



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Faculty

Jennifer L. Patterson Related seminars and products: 1

Psy.D., LCPC, Clinical Psychologist


Jennifer Patterson, Psy.D., LCPC, has a mission to offer evidencebased psychotherapy to help others live full and abundant lives. She is the founder of JPI Psychological Solutions in Mokena, Illinois and specializes in treating obsessive compulsive behaviors, anxiety and depression. At JPI she uses ACT and other third-wave models to assist clients with increasing quality of life.

Dr. Patterson is an ACT trainer and has lead over 500 ACT workshops across the US and internationally. She has served as vice-president of the Chicago Chapter for the Association for Contextual Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Patterson was a featured psychologist on The Learning Channel (TLC) and former co-author for Psychology Today’s blog When More Isn’t Enough.

Dr. Patterson received both her master’s and doctoral degrees from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. She is a formally trained ACT clinician and is very skilled in mindfulbased therapies and empirically-supported treatments.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Jennifer Patterson has an employment relationship with MidAmerican Psychological Institute. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Jennifer Patterson is a member of the American Psychological Association; and Illinois Psychological Association


Additional Info

Program Information

CD/DVD

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Additional Resources

To order the book, The ACT Approach, please visit our product store.

To order the card deck, The ACT Deck, please visit our product store.


Access Period for Live Webcast

For live CE credit, you must watch the live webcast in its entirety at its scheduled time and complete the CE quiz and evaluation within one week. You will have access for 90 days after the program for review.


Webcast Schedule

Please note: There will be a lunch and two 15-minute breaks; one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Lunch and break times will be announced by the speaker and at their discretion. A more detailed schedule is available upon request.


Objectives

  1. Summarize the theoretical and philosophical foundation of the ACT model to help clients increase psychological flexibility.
  2. Articulate how ACT is a contextual behavioral science and how it differs from cognitive behavioral therapies as related to clinical treatment
  3. Communicate to clients why the acceptance of painful thoughts and feelings is more beneficial for symptom management than trying to eliminate them.
  4. Formulate ACT-consistent case conceptualizations to understand avoidance in individual clients and how it relates to encouraging and maintaining values-inconsistent behaviors.
  5. Utilize ACT case conceptualizations to prepare evidence-based treatment plans to assist with a cohesive treatment approach.
  6. Utilize the six processes of psychological flexibility in ACT to facilitate emotional openness and increase values-consistent behaviors in clients.
  7. Analyze how ACT attempts to undermine problematic language obstacles and implement clinical skills to assist clients with becoming defused, or “unhooked”, from their thoughts.
  8. Use metaphors, analogies and experiential exercises to improve clients’ understanding of self and increase value-based behaviors.
  9. Implement evidence-based ACT protocols and processes into treatment for specific disorders including depression, anxiety, PTSD and personality disorders.
  10. Analyze the efficacy of the 12-week protocol for depression and anxiety as it relates to treatment planning.
  11. Utilize ACT interventions, like contacting the present moment, to assist with developing observation and awareness skills for your client.
  12. Explore the role of self-compassion in the ACT model and utilize exercises to help clients build self-acceptance.
  13. Establish an effective and valued therapeutic relationship through the use of compassion-focused processes.
  14. Develop an understanding of the ACT extension models and integrate core ACT techniques to use with trauma, children, adolescents, groups, couples and other dyads.
  15. Incorporate awareness training from the Crosshairs model to reduce the likelihood of the development of PTSD in traumatized clients.
  16. Implement the core skills from the DNA-V youth model, like mindfulness and action, to support personal growth and reduce problematic symptoms in child and adolescent clients.
  17. Demonstrate to clients how to implement choice point skills in order to respond flexibly to the situations that occur outside of therapeutic sessions.
  18. Integrate core self-compassion techniques and awareness training to assist your clients with effective interpersonal functioning and increased satisfaction in interpersonal relationships.
  19. Utilize the ACT Matrix in session with groups and individuals in order to improve client engagement and strengthen commitment to values-consistent behaviors.

Outline

The Core Skills & Competencies of ACT

The ACT Model

  • What is ACT
  • The core focus of ACT
  • Why the myth of healthy normality is destructive
  • The ACT question
  • Limitations of the research & potential risks
ACT: The Foundation Philosophy & Theory
  • Language: The double-edged sword
  • Thoughts & actions: Functional or non-functional?
  • The importance of context
  • Don’t believe everything you think
  • The happiness trap
  • Values vs. goals
ACT Treatment Model: Six Core Processes to Increase Psychological Flexibility
  • Acceptance
  • Mindful decision making
  • Values clarification
  • Value-based behaviors
  • Understand sense-of-self
  • Defusion
Assessment: Intake Considerations when Using the ACT Model
  • Inflexahex diagnostic model
  • Suggastaflex: Determine the treatment starting point
The ACT Clinical Interview
  • Quality of life: What’s getting in the way?
  • Experiential avoidance: The short-term solution
  • Unhealthy behaviors: What’s the client hooked to?
  • Identify “attached-to-self” statements
  • Recognize a regretted past or feared future
  • Values assessment

ACT in Action

Trauma & PTSD: Mobilize Clients to Detach from Fear

  • Clinical concerns with experiential avoidance in PTSD
  • Creative Hopelessness
  • Assessment considerations: Reliving trauma, hyperarousal & client explanation of trauma
  • Assessment tools
  • Key ACT questions for trauma/PTSD
  • Teach defusion skills: using imagery
  • Undermine reason giving as an avoidance method
  • Trauma-informed techniques
  • Grounding techniques for flashbacks & dissociation
  • Psychological flexibility as it relates to trauma
Anxiety Approach: Help Clients Learn to Experience Anxious Thoughts & Feelings in a Less Frightening Way
  • Assessment considerations: Rigidity in avoidance
  • Assessment tools
  • Foster willingness as an alternative to control
  • Help clients turn off the “struggle switch”
  • Anxiety-specific metaphors
  • 12-week protocol for anxiety: Step-by-step
  • Exposure therapy in ACT: FEEL Exercises
  • Barriers to the 12-week protocol
  • Relapse prevention plan
  • Post-treatment plan
Personality Disorders: The Dynamics of Interpersonal Problems
  • Strategies to increase emotional tolerance
  • Assessment considerations: Unique coping behaviors
  • Tools for assessment
  • Integration with Schema Therapy
  • Homework for clients
  • The interpersonal experience diary for mindfulness
  • Applications of imagery
  • Appropriate use of self-disclosure
  • Help develop committed action: Role play
  • How to manage countertransference
Depression: Cultivate Acceptance & Hope
  • Assessment considerations: Motivational analysis & the functional purpose of depression
  • Tools for assessment
  • Strategies to reduce rumination
  • The role of values in treating depression
  • Self-compassion & the damaged conceptualized self
  • 12-week protocol for depression: Step-by-step
  • Defusion exercises for excessive literality & evaluations of depression
  • Barriers to the 12-week plan
  • Suicidality
  • Post-treatment plan: Continuing the process

ACT Extension Models: Utilize Simple Models with Specific Situations& Clinical Populations

Groups & Individuals: The ACT Matrix

  • Two formats for groups & individuals
  • Engage people in the ACT process
  • Key question: Is the behavior working for the life you want to remember?
  • Help clients develop awareness & insight
  • Mental vs. physical experiencing
Outside of Client Session: The Choice Point Model
  • In-session, intervention & outside of session
  • Help clients become aware of choice points
  • Develop clients’ skills & strengths
  • Values consistent & values inconsistent behaviors
  • Integration of mindfulness & the Choice Point model
  • The role of the therapist with Choice Point
Children & Adolescents: The DNA-V Model
  • Special clinical considerations for youth clients
  • Integrate Positive Psychology & ACT
  • Guide youth clients with “trying on” values through experience & play
  • Help young clients develop mindfulness skills
  • Develop language skills & draw on previous experience
  • The influence of family context
Couples & Other Dyads: The ID Model
  • Help clients with interpersonal relationship issues
  • Key questions for case conceptualization
  • Targets of treatment
  • The influence of self-compassion
  • Emotional avoidance & attachment to emotions
  • Awareness as essential to relationships
  • The critical self’s impact on relationships
First Responders & Military: The Crosshairs Model
  • The importance of awareness training
  • Proactive care after trauma
  • Moving away from or toward pain
  • Develop acceptance & willingness

Target Audience

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

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