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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Masterclass: 6 sessions

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ACT Masterclass | Instructor, Miranda Morris, PhD

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ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) Masterclass led by Miranda Morris, PhD

Dates: 6 consecutive Fridays, 9:15 AM-12:30 PM

September 18, 25, October 2, 9, 16, 23, 2020

18 Category 1 CEUs*

This 6 week course is designed to go well beyond the standard introductory ACT training and help clinicians develop a strong foundation in the model. It will be highly experiential with a focus on helping participants practice skills that they can readily integrate into their work. The course is ideal for practitioners new to the model as well as those already practicing ACT who want to broaden their repertoire.

Each class will be a deep dive into ACT concepts and interventions. We’ll start with how to assess psychological problems using ACT and how to address unhelpful thinking, avoidance, and inflexible behavior patterns. We will explore and practice interventions related to each of the 6 core flexibility processes and self-compassion. In addition, we will work on moving fluidly within the model with the aim of helping clinicians avoid interventions that feel “canned” or fall flat. With the core processes well in hand, we’ll begin exploring the roots of ACT. Specifically, we will learn and practice functional analysis and how to bring it into the therapeutic relationship. Done right, functional analysis is a deeply experiential and interpersonal process. Throughout the course, participants will be encouraged to practice ACT “from the inside out” so as to enhance their understanding not only of the concepts but of the "heart" of ACT. ACT is not just a therapy one delivers. It is a means for all of us - clients and therapists - to connect with meaning and purpose in our lives.

This is a 6 session training. CEUs will reflect actual number of hours attended.

Recommended Reading

ACT Made Simple: An Easy-To-Read Primer on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, by Russ Harris, 2019, New Harbinger.

ScheduleClass 1: September 18, 2020

Overview of the ACT Model

- The role of Cognitive Fusion and Avoidance in psychopathology- Psychological Flexibility- 6 core flexibility processes of ACT- Process-based therapy and implications of a process based approach in assessment, diagnosis and treatmentLearning objectives: Identify and describe experiential avoidance and describe cognitive fusion Identify and describe the 6 core processes of ACTDescribe psychological flexibility as it relates to each of the 6 core processes

Class 2: September 25, 2020

Awareness and Willingness in ACT- Understanding what is meant by “context” and “function” in therapy- Defusion - disentangling from thoughts so that they do not dominate thinking- Acceptance - practicing willingness in the presence of unwanted thoughts, feelings, memories, urges

Learning objectives:

Use the ACT model to help clients differentiate between ineffective and meaningful actionsExplain the difference between behavior governed by unhelpful thinking versus valuesExplain the defense between acceptance and “white knuckling”

Identify and employ at least 3 ACT in-session exercises

Class 3: October 2, 2020

Present moment, Perspective Taking, and Self-Compassion

- Self as Context - practicing perspective-taking across, time, person and place- Present Moment - bringing awareness to the moment, developing attentional flexibility-Self Compassion - developing compassion and self compassion to move through the core processes without getting stuck in negative evaluations of self and others.

Learning objectives:Explain attentional flexibility Describe 2 ways to help clients enhance their ability to shift perspective Describe how self-compassion work can be integrated into the ACT model

Class 4: October 9, 2020

Values, Committed Action and Therapist Flexibility in ACT- Values - getting clarity on what matters - Committed action - taking steps in valued direction- Therapist flexibility - practice moving fluidly from process to process

Learning objectives:-Define what is meant by “values” in ACT and explain how they can be used to guide therapyExplain committed action and identify 2 obstacles to taking action commonly encounter in therapyDescribe how each process is related to at least one other process.

Class 5: October 16, 2020

Strengthening your practice by rooting it in Functional Contextualism - why we do what we do in ACT- Using pragmatic functional analysis to move thought the 6 flexibility processes- working with function to help clients build flexibility- building flexibly and depth into your work

Learning objectives:

Explain the function and importance of flexible sensitivity to context for client and therapist Practice moving fluently between ACT processesExplain the role of appetitive vs aversive behavior controlExplain functional coherence vs essential coherence


Class 6: October 23, 2020

ACT in the therapeutic relationshipFunctional analysis, in the context of the therapeutic relationship

Learning objectives:Explain Clinically relevant behavior (CRB)Describe the 5 rules of in session functional analysis Describe how to identify and evoke client behavior that is problematic in session and in the client’s lifeExplain how to reinforce and help generalize improved CRBs

Instructor Information

Miranda Morris, PhD is a Peer Reviewed ACT Trainer who teaches ACT and other contextual behavioral therapies. She is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Bethesda, MD who treats a broad range of difficulties including anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship problems, and pervasive difficulties often referred to as personality disorders. She is the founder of True North Therapy and Training, a group of therapists who provide therapy and training in ACT to professionals and lay people in the region. Miranda currently serves as Member at Large on the Executive Board of the Association of Contextual Behavioral Science (the international membership organization for ACT therapists and researchers). She helped found the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of ACBS (MAC-ACBS) and has served on that Board for eight years.

*Continuing Education Information

Rathbone & Associates is authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland to sponsor social work continuing education programs and maintains full responsibility for the programs and their content. These trainings qualify for Category I continuing education units. Please contact your state board for verification of reciprocity with other states and professions. In order to receive a certificate, registrants must attend entire sessions. Missed sessions will be dedcuted from the total CEU count at completion of training.

Rathbone & Associates is a sponsor of continuing education credits for psychologists in Maryland under the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Rathbone & Associates maintains responsibility for the program content.

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