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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: Activating Psychological Flexibility for Anxiety, Trauma, and Emotional Dysregulation


Speaker:
Aprilia West, PsyD, MT, PCC
Duration:
Full Day
Product Code:
LWC059090
Brochure Code:
PWZ88317
Media Type:
Live Webinar - Also available: Digital Seminar | DVD

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Description

Getting stuck when working with clients who are psychologically inflexible is a normal experience for therapists. But it can often feel like fighting a losing battle where, despite your most powerful clinical tools, there is little to no real progress.

This often happens because, in addition to knowing WHAT to do to expand your client’s behavioral repertoire, you also need the skills and confidence to know HOW to create the context for real learning to happen.

While many clinicians learn and understand the basics about ACT, they often lack confidence when it comes to disrupting psychological inflexibility in session.

In this 1-day training Dr. Aprilia West, MT, PCC, takes you all the way through the ACT model using process-based cognitive-behavioral strategies to accelerate psychological flexibility across a wide range of diagnoses and improve client outcomes.

By learning to make expert-level therapeutic moves with ACT you can help clients decrease suffering and live a more meaningful life -- regardless of their diagnosis or level of functioning. This ACT workshop will help you enhance your ability to work with common clinical presentations including:

  • Chronic Stress, Anxiety and Depression
  • Emotional Reactivity and Emotional Dysregulation
  • Unprocessed Trauma/PTSD
  • Substance Abuse and Compulsive Behaviors

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Credits

Planning Committee Disclosure - No relevant relationships

All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.



* Credit Note - *

NOTE: Each purchase includes CE credit for one individual (participants in full attendance will be able to print the certificate of completion after passing the online post-test (80% passing score) and completing the evaluation). Instructional methods will include PowerPoint, didactic lecture, Q&A, and others.

Continuing Education Information: Credits listed below are for full attendance at the live, interactive webinar only. This webinar is being broadcast live in real-time and must be attended live, in its entirety, in order to earn credit. 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 info@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 your profession.  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 profession's standards.

For Planning Committee disclosures, please see below.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.
 


Addiction Counselors - Generic (1/2) (Live) (live)

This activity consists of 6.0 clock hours 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 the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.


California Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Counselors (CCAPP-EI)

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider by the CCAPP-EI, Provider #: OS-03-036-1021. This activity meets the qualifications for 6.0 CEH's (continuing education hours).


California Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Counselors (CADTP)

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider by the CADTP, Provider #: 201. This Category C activity meets the qualifications for 6.0 CEU's (continuing education hours).


Connecticut Addiction Counselors

Provider #120924. This course has been approved as a CCB approved training and has been awarded 6.25 hours by the Connecticut Certification Board.


Oklahoma Alcohol & Drug Counselors

PESI, Inc. is an Oklahoma Board of Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors approved provider # . This activity consists of 6.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction.


Counselors

This activity consists of 6.25 clock hours 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 the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.


Arizona Counselors

CE credit is available. This course consists of 6.25 continuing education clock hours for Arizona Counselors. The Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners, pursuant to A.A.C. R4-6-802, confirms acceptance of continuing education programs relevant to counseling and approved by a national professional association of counseling, social work or substance abuse counseling. PESI is an approved provider of continuing education seminars with a national social work association. Please see social work approvals for this program. 


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 intermediate level level activity consists of 6.0 clock hours of continuing education instruction.


Connecticut Counselors

CE credit is available. This course consists of 6.25 continuing education clock hours for Connecticut Counselors. The Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies confirm acceptance of this program as a qualifying continuing education activity if approved by the Association of Social Work Boards (Sec. 20-195cc-3). Please see social work CE statements for this program.


District of Columbia (DC) Counselors

CE credit is available. This course consists of 7.0 continuing education clock hours for DC Counselors. The District of Columbia Municipal Regulations for Professional Counseling (S.6612.3) confirm acceptance of continuing education programs relevant to counseling by organizations that have been approved by a counseling board in another state. 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 7.0 contact hours. 


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 6.25 continuing education credits. 


Illinois Counselors

CE credit is available. This course consists of 6.0 continuing education clock hours for Illinois Counselors. The Illinois Division of Professional Regulation, Administrative Code Section 1375.220(c), confirms acceptance of continuing education programs relevant to counseling that are provided by a Social Work Continuing Education Sponsor approved by the Division. PESI, Inc is an approved provider with the State of Illinois, Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Division of Professional Regulation. License #: 159-000154. Full attendance at this course qualifies for 6.0 contact hours.


Indiana Counselors

CE credit is available. This course consists of 6.25 continuing education clock hours for Indiana Counselors. The Rules of the Indiana Behavioral Health and Human Services Licensing Board (839 IAC 1·6·2) confirm acceptance of continuing education programs relevant to counseling that are approved by another state’s mental health counselor board. 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 6.25 clock hours of continuing education credit.


Iowa Counselors

CE credit is available. This live activity consists of 6.25 continuing education clock hours for Iowa Counselors and is designed to meet the continuing education requirements of the Iowa Bureau of Professional Licensure, IAC 645–32.3(154D,272C). Please retain the course advertisement and certificate of completion for four years in your CE records.


Kentucky Counselors

CE credit is available. This course consists of 7.5 continuing education credit hours for Kentucky Counselors. The Continuing Education Requirements for the Kentucky Board of Licensed Professional Counselors (201 KAR 36:030 Section 2) state continuing education programs from providers sponsored or approved by a state counseling licensure board shall be approved without further review by the board. PESI, Inc. is approved by the South Carolina Board of Examiners for Licensure of Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Psycho-Educational Specialists. Provider #4540. PESI maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.


Mississippi Counselors

CE credit is available. This live course consists of 6.25 continuing education clock hours for Mississippi Counselors. The Mississippi State Board of Examiners for Licensed Professional Counselors, Rule 6.2 allows live continuing education not pre-approved by the Board if relevant to counseling and presented by someone at the master’s level or above and trained in the mental health field or related services. CEH will be subject to approval by the Board at the time of renewal. Please retain the course advertisement and certificate of completion for your CE records. Full attendance is required.


Missouri Counselors

CE credit is available. This course consists of 6.25 continuing education clock hours for Missouri Counselors. The Missouri Committee for Professional Counselors accepts continuing education programs relevant to counseling that are provided by organizations recognized by national social worker associations. PESI, Inc. is recognized by a national social worker association. Please see social work approvals for this program.


Montana Counselors

The Montana Board of Behavioral Health no longer pre-approves any courses or sponsors. Each licensee is responsible for taking courses which contribute to their competence and directly relate to their scope of practice as defined in board statute (MAR 24-219-32). Licensees must keep CE documentation for three years in case of an audit. This intermediate level activity consists of 6.25 clock hours of instruction.


Nevada Counselors

PESI, Inc. is an approved CEU provider with the State of Nevada Board of Examiners for Marriage and Family Therapists and Clinical Professional Counselors. This activity qualifies for 6.25 contact hours. Approved Provider # NVCEP2006.


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 7.5 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 6.25 clock hours of general continuing education credit. Tracking number: 20-


Pennsylvania Counselors

CE credit is available. This course consists of 6.25 continuing education clock hours for Pennsylvania Counselors. The Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors confirms under 49 Pa. Code S.49.36 that CE providers approved by the ACE Program of the Association of Social Work Boards meet the Board standards and qualify as approved providers. PESI, Inc. is an approved provider. Please see social work approvals for this program.


South Carolina Counselors

This program has been approved for 6.0 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.


South Dakota Counselors

CE credit is available. This course consists of 6.0 continuing education credit hours for South Dakota Counselors. The South Dakota Administrative Rules (ARSD20:68:07) confirm acceptance of continuing education programs relevant to counseling that offer AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. This live activity is certified for a maximum of 6.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ by PESI as an accredited ACCME provider authorized to award credit by the AMA. PESI, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.  


Tennessee Counselors

CE credit is available. This course consists of 6.25 continuing education credit hours for Tennessee Counselors. The Rules of the Board for Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marital and Family Therapists, and Licensed Clinical Pastoral Therapists, Section 0450-01-.12, confirm continuing education courses which pertain to the practice of counseling shall be considered approved if sanctioned by any state regulatory agency for professional counseling in the United States. PESI, Inc. is approved by the South Carolina Board of Examiners for Licensure of Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Psycho-Educational Specialists. Provider #4540. PESI maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.


Texas Counselors

This activity consists of 6.0 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors no longer approves programs or providers. PESI activities meet the continuing education requirements as listed in Title 22 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 681, Subchapter J, Section 681.142 Acceptable Continuing Education. Please retain the certificate of completion that you receive and use as proof of completion when required.


Utah Counselors

CE credit is available. This course consists of 6.25 continuing education clock hours for Utah Counselors and is designed to meet the continuing education requirements of the Clinical Mental Health Counselor Licensing Act Rule, R156-60c. Please retain the course advertisement and certificate of completion for your CE records.


Virginia Counselors

CE credit is available. This course is approved for 6.25 clock hours of continuing competency instruction for Virginia Counselors. The Virginia Board of Counseling recognizes continuing competency activities in the behavioral health field offered by organizations that are approved by a counseling board in another state (18VAC115-20-105). 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 6.25 contact hours. 


Wisconsin Counselors

CE credit is available. This course consists of 6.25 continuing education clock hours for Wisconsin Counselors. The Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services (MPSW 19) accepts continuing education programs relevant to counseling by approved providers of the Association of Social Work Boards (Sec. 20-195cc-3). Please see social work CE statements for this program.


California Licensed Educational Psychologists

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 intermediate level activity consists of 6.0 clock hours of continuing education instruction.


Marriage & Family Therapists

This activity consists of 380 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 intermediate level activity consists of 6.0 clock hours of continuing education instruction.


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 6.25 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 6.0 credits. 


Montana Marriage & Family Therapists

The Montana Board of Behavioral Health no longer pre-approves any courses or sponsors. Each licensee is responsible for taking courses which contribute to their competence and directly relate to their scope of practice as defined in board statute (MAR 24-219-32). Licensees must keep CE documentation for three years in case of an audit. This intermediate level activity consists of 6.25 clock hours of instruction.


Nevada Marriage & Family Therapists

PESI, Inc. is an approved CEU provider with the State of Nevada Board of Examiners for Marriage and Family Therapists and Clinical Professional Counselors. This activity qualifies for 6.25 contact hours. Approved Provider # NVCEP2006.


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 7.5 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 6.25 clock hours of generic continuing education credit. Tracking number: 20-


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 intermediate level activity consists of 6.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction.


South Carolina Marriage & Family Therapists

This program has been approved for 6.0 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.


Tennessee Marriage and Family Therapists

CE credit is available. This course consists of 6.25 continuing education credit hours for Tennessee Marriage and Family Therapists. The Rules of the Board for Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marital and Family Therapists, and Licensed Clinical Pastoral Therapists, Section 0450-02-.12, confirm continuing education courses which pertain to the practice of Marital and Family Therapists shall be considered approved if sanctioned by any state regulatory agency for marital and family therapy in the United States. PESI, Inc. is approved by the South Carolina Board of Examiners for Licensure of Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Psycho-Educational Specialists. Provider #4540. PESI maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.


Texas Marriage & Family Therapists

This activity consists of 6.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists no longer approves programs or providers. PESI activities meet the continuing education requirements as listed in Title 22 of the Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 801, Subchapter K, Section 801.264 Types of Acceptable Continuing Education. Please retain the certificate of completion that you receive and use as proof of completion when required.


Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Clinical Nurse Specialists

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 6.25 contact hours. Partial contact hours will be awarded for partial attendance.


California Nurses

PESI, Inc. is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 17118 for 6.0 contact hours. Full attendance is required. No partial contact hours will be issued for partial attendance. 


Florida Nurses

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the Florida Board of Nursing, Provider # FBN2858. This course qualifies for 6.0 contact hours. 

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Iowa Nurses

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider by the Iowa Board of Nursing. Provider #: 346. Full attendance at this activity qualifies for 6.25 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.


Physicians

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 6.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


South Carolina Psycho-Educational Specialists

This program has been approved for 6.0 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.


Florida Psychologists

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the Florida Board of Psychology. Provider Number #50-399. This course qualifies for 6.3 continuing education credits.


New York Psychologists

PESI, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department's (NYSED) State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0014. This activity will qualify for 7.5 contact hours. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.


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 6.25  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, 2023 - January 27, 2026. Social workers completing this course receive 6.25 Clinical continuing education credits.

 

Course Level: Intermediate Format: Synchronous Distance.  Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.

 

Canadian Social Workers: Canadian provinces may accept activities approved by the ASWB for ongoing professional development.


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 intermediate level activity consists of 6.0 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 6.3 continuing education hours. 

COLORADO PARTICIPANTS ONLY: If you did not answer YES to be reported to the Colorado Chapter of the NASW on the 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 6.25 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 6.0 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 6.0 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 6.0 continuing education hours. This certificate has been issued upon successful completion of a post-test.


Montana Social Workers

The Montana Board of Behavioral Health no longer pre-approves any courses or sponsors. Each licensee is responsible for taking courses which contribute to their competence and directly relate to their scope of practice as defined in board statute (MAR 24-219-32). Licensees must keep CE documentation for three years in case of an audit. This intermediate level activity consists of 6.25 clock hours of instruction.


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 7.5 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 6.25 clock hours of general continuing education credit. Tracking number: 20-


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 intermediate level activity consists of 6.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction.


Other Professions

This activity qualifies for 380 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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Aprilia West, PsyD, MT, PCC's Profile

Aprilia West, PsyD, MT, PCC Related seminars and products


Aprilia West, PsyD, MT, PCC, is an internationally recognized psychologist, coach, trainer, author, and expert in the field of psychotherapy and coaching. Dr. West is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice and a professional certified coach providing executive leadership and team coaching in the workplace where she utilizes ACT principles, along with other contextual behavioral interventions.

Dr. West is an ACT expert and has trained thousands of therapists and coaches in applying contextual behavioral science worldwide. She is the former president of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS), Southern California chapter, part of the international ACT organization with over 8,000 members worldwide.

In addition, Dr. West is known for developing the construct of emotional efficacy, an integration of emotional intelligence, psychological flexibility, and resilience. She also developed and piloted an evidence-based protocol, Emotion Efficacy Therapy (EET) which combines emotion psychoeducation with components of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and exposure therapy. Subsequent RCTS show significant results for the treatment of depression, anxiety, stress, emotion avoidance, distress intolerance, emotion dysregulation, internet dependency, impulsivity, and stuttering.

West is author of What You Feel Is Not All There Is (EnMasse Media) and co-author of the professional guide to Emotion Efficacy Therapy (Context Press), Acceptance and Commitment Coaching in the Workplace (Springer), and the upcoming ACT For Your Best Life card deck (in press, 2023), as well as several other academic publications.  

 

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Aprilia West receives royalties as a published author and is a research advisor for Emotion Efficacy Training. Aprilia West receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Aprilia West is a member of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science.


Additional Info

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 70-minute 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.


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Objectives

  1. Identify core underlying processes related to mental health and wellbeing.
  2. Distinguish the 6 psychological flexibility processes in the ACT hexaflex model.
  3. Apply “open” skills to address experiential avoidance and past and/or future focus.
  4. Utilize “aware” skills to address over identification with self as content and cognitive fusion.
  5. Demonstrate “engage” skills to address lack of meaning and purposeful action in context.
  6. Conduct experiential exercises to enhance the learning, retention and recall of new ACT skills.

Outline

Acceptance and Commitment Theory: The myth of “normal”
  • What does wellbeing look like?
  • The Human Condition: Pain vs suffering
  • Why Acceptance and Commitment Therapy?
The ACT Model: Psychological Flexibility
  • The problem of avoidance: the Inflexahex model
  • How ACT is different from other approaches
  • Evidence of ACT
  • Limitations of the research and potential risks
Components of the ACT Model Present Moment Awareness (PMA)
  • The power of anchoring in the present
  • Common obstacles to Present Moment Awareness
  • Metaphor for PMA: Your experience of a musical band
  • PMA experientials to contact the “here and now”
    • Watching experiential STUF
    • Turning into 5 senses
  • Case example: A veteran presenting with unprocessed trauma
Acceptance
  • The opposite of control
  • What’s possible with non-reactivity
  • Acceptance of painful emotions and realities
  • What acceptance is not
  • Obstacles to acceptance
  • Metaphor for acceptance: The blow-up ball in a swimming pool
  • Acceptance experientials:
    • Dropping the rope
    • Audio exposure
  • Case example: A performing artist presenting with avoidance of social situations
Defusion
  • Benefits of holding thoughts lightly
  • The power of language
  • Obstacles to defusion
  • Metaphor for defusion: The mind as a 24/7 streaming station
  • Defusion experiential:
    • “ My mind made up the thought that….”
    • Don’t do what I say
  • Case example: A stay at home mother presenting with hopeless thinking
Self As Context (SAC)
  • 3 levels of ‘selfing’
  • Benefits of flexible perspective taking
  • Obstacles to Self as Context
  • Metaphor for Self as Context: Sky and weather as observer and experience
  • SAF experientials:
    • I am
    • Prosecute yourself
  • Case example: A CEO presenting with rigid thinking patterns
Values
  • The power of values
  • Values vs. scripts or goals
  • Obstacles to clarifying values
  • Values clarification
  • Values-based action plan
  • Metaphors for clarifying values:
    • Jar of fullness
    • The Scoreboard
  • Case example: A grad student presenting with a lack of clear direction and meaning
Committed Action
  • Benefits of values-based moves
  • Pivoting from default to intention
  • Using functional inquiry to stay on track
  • Obstacles to committed action
  • Committed action metaphor:
    • Monsters on the Bus
  • Committed action experiential:
    • Creating a committed action plan
    • Imaginal rehearsal of targeted behavior in context
  • Case example: A couple presenting with avoidance of conflict
Pulling it all together
  • Embodying ACT to be a psychologically flexible clinician
  • Workability as a guide
  • ACT case conceptualization
  • Pop culture examples
  • Integrating other therapies with ACT:
    • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
    • Exposure therapy
    • Schema therapy
  • Common obstacles to PF in therapy
  • Case example: A public figure presenting with compulsion to use drugs

Target Audience

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

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