NHADACA: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)12 hr training

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Concord, NH 03301

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If you are interested in accessing training through the waiver please continue with this Pre- registration. N4H does not prebuy seats However NHADACA will third party bill our N4H partners. You are subject to NHADACA's Cancellation policy and must still register for the training thru NHADACA in addition to this pre-registration for the waiver:

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NHADACA: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)12 hr training

NHADACA ~ NHTIAD Offices | 130 Pembroke Road | Suite 100 | Concord, NH 03301
Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 8:30 AM - Friday, April 12, 2019 at 4:00 PM (EDT)

  • April 11, 2019
  • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

A 12 hour training event on April 11-12, 2019 with Teresa Valliere, LCSW, LADC, CCS

PRESENTATION: Clients get stuck; helpers get stuck with them. They get stuck in their feelings, thoughts, stories and repetitive behavioral patterns, called psychological rigidity. Persistent psychological rigidity can be seen as the core of most mental disorders. Help your clients get unstuck by learning skills of psychological flexibility. Watch your clients get out of their heads and move toward living well regardless of the diagnosis. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) views clients as stuck rather than sick and occasional psychological rigidity and experiential avoidance as a part of the human condition. ACT is an accepted evidenced based practice helping clients with a wide range of emotional, psychological and behavioral difficulties. It combines the wisdom and effectiveness of motivational interviewing, mindfulness practices and behavioral activation. An ACT clinical approach uses experiential exercises and metaphors to engage the client in conversations that move away from symptom reduction only and move toward a life that has meaning and purpose. By integrating ACT into your practice, you can help your clients to: Unhook from negative/harmful thoughts; Be more present; Accept what cannot be changed; Focus on what’s most important in their lives; Take committed action toward their values; and have a kinder and more realistic view of themselves. Using a combination of didactic presentation and experiential exercises, this workshop will introduce ACT model, philosophy and core concepts of psychological rigidity and flexibility. Attendees will leave this training with a basic understanding of ACT approaches and with specific interventions they can employ immediately. Following sessions build on the overview and provide more in-depth focus on additional interventions that enhance flexibility.

Learning Objectives Day 1 – Overview of model which will include: Illustrate the power of language and normal mental processes to amplify pain into suffering; Describe the role of experiential control and avoidance in psychopathology; Introduce the ACT hexaflex as a clinical frame; Identify the 6 core processes of psychological rigidity and describe the 6 core processes of psychological flexibility. Learning Objectives Day 2 – Focus on experiential activities using skills from the hexaflex including: “present moment”, “perspective taking”, “acceptance”, “defusion”, “values” and “committed action.”

PRESENTER: Teresa Valliere, LCSW, LADC, CCS is an individual therapist, group facilitator, clinical supervisor and trainer with 21 year of experience. In previous positions she was director of inpatient services for a women’s substance abuse and co-occurring disorders residential and halfway house programs; led an Assertive Community Treatment team; supervised a large detoxification and rehabilitation center specializing in co–occurring disorders, relapse prevention and early recovery for men and women; facilitated groups for anger management, addiction/recovery and mindfulness; and worked with domestic violence offenders. Since 2001 she has been facilitating trainings on addiction, mental illness, and co-occurring disorders for a wide variety of agencies and organizations in Maine. She served as adjunct faculty for North Carolina State University, University of New England and University of Southern Maine in social work and counseling. She currently serves as visiting faculty in the Tufts Psychiatry Residency program at Maine Medical Center. She has expertise in trauma and recovery, motivational interviewing, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, group facilitation, difficult conversations, ethics and clinical supervision. She maintains a private practice in Portland serving adults with a special focus on caring for professionals in mental health, medical, legal and other helping professions.


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Michael Lawless, LICSW, MLADC

A 6 hour training event on January 19, 2018

8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (registration begins at 8:00 a.m.)

NHADACA 130 Pembroke Rd. Suite 100, Concord, NH

PRESENTATION: The goal of this workshop is to introduce attendees to the performance domains of the CRSW credential: Ethical Responsibility, Advocacy, Mentoring & Education, Recovery & Wellness Support. Information will be specific to peer support and working with individuals with substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders in a supportive way. Participants will understand the scope of service that CRSWs are able to provide, the variety of settings where these skills can be employed and the unique and powerful value that peer support services offer individuals pursuing recovery. Participants will learn how to work collaboratively across systems to better serve client needs.

As a result of this training participants will be able to: Describe the 4 performance domains relative to the recovery supports and the CRSW credential; Identify and describe the stages of change; Describe the provision of basic screening of persons with substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders; List signs and symptoms of addiction, intoxication and withdrawal; and Explain the function of screening, as it occurs in the Web Information Technology System (WITS).

PRESENTER: Michael Lawless, LICSW, MLADC is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW), and Master Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselor (MLADC) who has worked in the field of addiction since 2004. He has worked in a variety of settings such as: outpatient, intensive outpatient, and residential counseling providing direct services to clients with substance use and co-occurring disorders. He has served as a contract manager for the Bureau of Drug & Alcohol Services and has extensive experience working with DWI and other legally-involved clients. Currently, he works for the State of NH’s Employee Assistance Program, is Clinical Director at the Chrysalis Recovery Center, and has a small private practice in Manchester, NH where he provides direct service, consultation and referral. Michael has completed primary and advanced certification at the Albert Elis Institute in Rational-Emotive & Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. He obtained his Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from Boston University and most recently began advanced training at the Carl Jung Institute of Boston in Analytical Psychology where he is a Training Candidate.

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