ACT II: Clinical Skills – Building Intensity

Steven C. Hayes, Ph.D.

04/11/2019 - 04/12/2019 at 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Las Vegas Flamingo
3555 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109

13 CE Credits

The Nevada Psychological Association has partnered with PRAXIS for this CE training.
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    About the Workshop:

    One of our most highly rated workshops, conducted by ACT founder Steven C. Hayes.

    Are you ready to take ACT to the next level in your practice? Have you done introductory ACT training, but find it difficult to implement psychological flexibility processes with your clients in a meaningful way? Do you ever get stuck in ACT? Do you sometimes feel unsure about how to use ACT techniques in a fluid and dynamic way to advance therapeutic progress?

    ACT II was specifically designed to address these issues. This training is structured a bit differently than most in order to achieve those goals. instead of a rule-based or lecture-based seminar, ACT II is a “stills building intensive” that relies on round after round of targeted experiential and skills-building exercises. By seeing, doing, and getting feedback, you develop pragmatic skills you can take with you into your clinical practice the next day. The goal is for you to leave the workshop knowing that at any moment, in any session, you will be able to successfully apply ACT techniques in a fluid, flexible manner, leaving you free to move in whatever direction makes sense for your clients in any given context.

    How ACT II Works
    To create this unique, interactive experience, Dr. Hayes has developed a comprehensive set of exercises, tools, film clips, and “real plays” (structured therapeutic interactions with attendee volunteers) that will help you become more fluent in ACT micro-skills: reading, targeting, and moving psychological flexibility processes.

    Building these skills will help you see psychological flexibility processes in flight and target these processes at will within the therapeutic relationship. This degree of fluency fundamentally changes ACT as an evidence-bases therapy. It takes ACT from a kind of linear march into a fluid and dynamic psychotherapeutic dance that can be modified on the fly to fit the demands of your setting, client and time restrictions.

    Just as you cannot learn to dance solely through verbal instructions, you cannot learn how to apply ACT in practice by listening to lectures. Instead, this training helps you learn how to identify evidence-based processes that address clinical challenges in real time.

    Learning Objectives:

    At the end of this training, participants will be able to:
    1. Describe the six processes that underlie psychological flexibility
    2. Describe how psychological flexibility processes apply to the therapeutic relationship
    3. Describe the three overall and essential functions of the ACT clinician regarding psychological flexibility in the therapy session
    4. Describe at least two ways of reading “flexible attention to the now” as it shows up in session
    5. Describe at least two ways of reading self-as-context relevant processes as they show up in session
    6. Describe at least two ways of reading values processes as they show up in session
    7. Describe at least two ways of reading commitment processes as they show up in session
    8. Describe at least two ways of reading defusion processes as they show up in session
    9. Describe at least two ways of reading acceptance processes as they show up in session
    10. Describe at least one generally useful method of opening the door to acceptance issues in session
    11. Describe at least one generally useful method of opening the door to defusion issues in session
    12. Describe at least one generally useful method of opening the door to self-as-context issues in session
    13. Describe the two main dimensions in the Matrix model of psychological flexibility


    This presentation is intended for psychologists, other licensed mental health providers, and graduate students of psychology.

    About the Presenter:

    Steven C. Hayes, Ph.D. is Nevada Foundation Professor at the Department of Psychology at the University of Nevada. An author of more than thirty-five books and 500 scientific articles, his career has focused on an analysis of the nature of human language and cognition and the application of this to the understanding and alleviation of human suffering.

    Dr. Hayes has been president of Division 25 of the American Psychological Association, the American Association of Applied and Preventive Psychology, the Association for Contextual Behavior Science, and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. He was the first secretary-treasurer of the Association for Psychological Science, which he helped form and has served a five-year term on the National Advisory Council for Drug Abuse in the National Institutes of Health. In 1992 he was listed by the Institute for Scientific Information as the 30th “highest impact” psychologist in the world.

    His work has been recognized by several awards including the Exemplary Contributions to Basic Behavioral Research and its Applications form Division 25 of APA, the Impact of Science on Application award from the Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.


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