ACT with Compassion (Day 1): An Introduction to Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy with Highly Self-critical and Shame Prone Clients: February 24, 2017
Friday, February 24, 2017 at 8:30 AM (PST)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
ACT with Compassion: An Introduction to Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy with Highly Self-critical and Shame Prone Clients
February 24, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Shame is an important part of the clinical picture for many clients, particularly those who are struggling with chronic depression, complex trauma, addiction, eating disorders, stigma, and prejudice. 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. In this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to observe and experience a variety of defusion, acceptance, mindfulness, and perspective-taking interventions designed to target shame and self-criticism.
The workshop will provide an overview of how shame and self-criticism can keep clients stuck in unworkable patterns of behavior and how this literature informs interventions for chronic self-criticism and shame. Therapists will have an opportunity to experience various ACT and self-compassion exercises in relation to their own tendencies toward self-criticism or shame. 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.
While this one day workshop can be taken alone, it is designed to be paired well with a more advanced training on the next day that needs to be registered for separately:
This workshop is intended for mental health professionals (psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, etc.) at all levels of expertise and working with any population in any treatment setting. Some prior exposure to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is encouraged but not absolutely necessary.
This workshop is intended for those with little knowledge of ACT to those with advanced experience. Those experienced with mindfulness might benefit from new practices based on ACT. Some previous familiarity with ACT would likely be helpful for this workshop, but those completely new to ACT but interested in issues of self, intimacy, the other, shame, self-criticism, mindfulness, and compassion should all find something of value in this workshop.
Registration is online. The workshop will serve refreshments and coffee at the start of the workshop. We try to keep the tuition low so everyone who wants to can attend. Let us know if being able to pay the fee serves as a barrier to your attendance.
8:00am - Registration begins
8:30am - Workshop begins
10:00am - 15 minute break
12:00pm - Break for lunch
1:30pm - Workshop resumes
3:00pm - 15 minute break
4:30pm - Workshop ends
Total CE Credits: 6
After attending this one day training, participants will be able to:
• Discuss a functional and evolutionary account of shame and self-criticism
• Analyze problems with shame in terms of ACT theory
• Apply at least three new techniques to help clients with shame
• Describe how compassion focused interventions fit inside an ACT model
• Discuss how to detect shame through nonverbal cues
Jason Luoma, Ph.D. is Director of Portland Psychotherapy Clinic, Research, and Training Center in Portland, OR where he also maintains a small clinical practice. Jason is an internationally recognized trainer in ACT, former chair of the ACT training committee, and past president of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science. He is also an author of Learning Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, a book popular with professionals for its mixture of sophistication and accessibility. 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 addiction at the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. His work on shame and compassion can be read at www.actwithcompassion.com.
Jenna LeJeune, Ph.D. is the Director of Clinical Services at Portland Psychotherapy Clinic, Research, and Training Center in Portland, Oregon. In her clinical practice, Jenna specializes in working with adults who struggle with intimacy problems, trauma-related difficulties, problematic eating/body image, and others who tend to experience a high levels of shame and self-criticism. She also provides training in ACT to other
professionals around the world. Her research interests include issues related to stigma and shame, specifically developing compassion-focused interventions within a contextual behavioral science framework for those struggling with chronic shame and self-criticism.
Melissa Platt, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist at Portland Psychotherapy Clinic, Research, and Training Center. Dr. Platt has published several peer-reviewed articles on the topic of trauma-related shame, co-authored a review paper on the role of compassion in ACT, and regularly contributes clinical tools, original writings, and research updates to the website ACTwithCompassion.com. She also co-facilitated the ACT on Life class at Portland Psychotherapy, which is an experiential course for the general public. Clinically, Dr. Platt specializes in working with clients who have been affected by interpersonal trauma to live more connected, compassionate, and expansive lives.
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1975 NW 167th Place #100
Beaverton, OR 97006
Portland Psychotherapy is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Portland Psychotherapy maintains responsibility for all programs and content.
We charge a $15 administration fee for cancellations made more than one week before the training event. For cancellations within one week of the training event, we will refund 50% of the tuition. Alternately, participants may elect to apply 100% of their tuition to a future training event. No refunds will be given after training events.
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