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An ACT of Compassion (Houston, TX): Acceptance and Commitment Therapy as an Intervention for Chronic and Persistent Shame

Portland Psychotherapy - Clinic, Research, & Training Center

Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 8:30 AM - Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 4:30 PM (PDT)

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An ACT of Compassion: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy as an Intervention for Chronic and Persistent Shame
 
Shame is an important part of the clinical picture for many clients, particularly those who are struggling with chronic depression, anxiety, substance use problems, eating disorders or for those who are dealing with multiple stigmas. Until very recently, few research-based interventions have been available to guide clinicians in treating chronic shame. However, new research into shame is finally beginning to identify effective interventions to help therapists navigate this difficult landscape. One such intervention is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). In an ACT approach to shame, rather than trying to reduce or eliminate shame, psychological acceptance techniques encourage clients to notice shame and other difficult feelings more fully, while reducing their conditioned link to problematic action, such as avoidance behavior. Negative self-judgments such as "I'm damaged goods" or "I am broken" are addressed by cognitive defusion: noticing the process of thinking, letting go of attachment to the literal content of thoughts, responding to thoughts in terms of the workability of behavior tied to them, and then shifting attention toward values-based actions. Finally, perspective-taking work allows for the development of values-based and compassionate perspectives on self that serve as an alternative to shame and self-criticism.
 
In this two-day workshop, participants will have the opportunity to observe, experience, and practice a variety of defusion, acceptance, mindfulness, and perspective-taking interventions designed to target chronic shame. We will start with a focus on the attendees’ self-critical dialogue and on learning kindness from the inside-out. We will then progress to an understanding of ACT theory and how that guides the development of a more flexible perspective and greater self-compassion. The latter part of the workshops will focus on hands-on practice.
 
Therapists can expect to walk away with an increased experiential and practical understanding of how to use acceptance, mindfulness, perspective taking, and values interventions with clients suffering from chronic shame and self-criticism.   
 
OUTLINE OF WORKSHOP
 
  • Overview of theoretical model of shame; creating experiential awareness of judgment, classification, and shame
  • ACT model of self, experiencing self-focused interventions in client role
  • Overview and application of the ACT model as it applies to shame and self-criticism
  • Chair work as a method for developing flexible perspective taking – practicing in small groups
  • Continued experiential practice, case conceptualization, and setting personal goals for further development
 

AUDIENCE

This workshop is intended for those with little or no knowledge of ACT to those with advanced experience. Those experienced with mindfulness might benefit from new practices for shame and self-criticism. Some previous familiarity with ACT would likely to helpful for this workshop, but those completely new to ACT but interested in issues of self, childhood trauma/abuse, shame, self-criticism, mindfulness, or perspective taking should all find something of value in this workshop.

CE CREDITS
Total CE Credits: 12

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

After this workshop, participants will be able to:

1) Understand a functional and evolutionary account of shame and self-criticism

2) Be able to formulate problems with shame in terms of ACT theory

3) Identify ways in which you can work with shame in the present moment with clients

4) Use at least two new techniques to help clients with shame


WORKSHOP LEADER

Jason Luoma, Ph.D.is Director of the Portland Psychotherapy Clinic, Research, and Training Center in Portland, Oregon, a unique research and training clinic where all profits go to fund scientific research. In addition to directing the center and conducting research, he maintains a clinical practice focused on helping people who suffer from chronic shame, self-criticism, and low self-esteem. Dr. Luoma has been studying ACT for about 15 years and spent four years at the University of Nevada, Reno studying ACT with its creator, Dr. Steven Hayes. Dr. Luoma is an internationally recognized trainer in ACT, former chair of the ACT Training Committee, and president-elect of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science. He is author of Learning Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, one of the best-selling ACT books for therapists. He has conducted research on interventions for shame and stigma for over a decade and recently published the first randomized trial of an ACT approach to shame in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.

 

WORKSHOP LOCATION

Metropolitan Multi-Service Center

Houston Parks and Recreation Department
1475 W. Gray - Houston, TX 77019
P: (832) 395-7325

Meeting room #3


DATE/TIME: 

The workshop meets from 8:30am - 4:30pm on Saturday and Sunday, April 12-13, 2014. Registration and refreshments will begin at 8:00 AM each day.

 

SPONSORED BY:

Southest Texas Association for Contextual Behavioral Science


&

Unviversity of Houston - Clear Lake Clinical Psychology Program

 

with assistance from

 

 

 

 Proceeds from this event will benefit the Southwest Texas Association for Contextual Behavioral Science 

Have questions about An ACT of Compassion (Houston, TX): Acceptance and Commitment Therapy as an Intervention for Chronic and Persistent Shame? Contact Portland Psychotherapy - Clinic, Research, & Training Center

When & Where


Metropolitan Multi-Service Center
Houston Parks and Recreation Department
1475 W. Gray
Houston, Tx 77019

Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 8:30 AM - Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 4:30 PM (PDT)


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Portland Psychotherapy - Clinic, Research, & Training Center

Portland Psychotherapy provides psychotherapy services, classes for personal growth, conducts scientific research, and provides training for professionals in evidence based psychotherapy approaches.

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