ACT I: Introduction to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy On-Demand Course

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With Matthew Boone, LCSW

Earn 8 CE Credit Hours from you home or office, at your own pace!

Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is a mindfulness- and acceptance-based model of behavior change. ACT assumes that pain—both physical and emotional—is a normal part of living. What gets us stuck is how we respond to that pain. Do we embrace it as a welcome part of our experience or do we struggle with it, expending needless effort to make it go away when doing so only makes it persist? Instead of trying to make pain go away, ACT helps both clients and practitioners increase their psychological flexibility, or the ability to mindfully encounter thoughts and feelings without needless struggle (i.e., acceptance) and act effectively in the service of what matters (i.e. commitment). This online course provides an intellectual and experiential introduction to ACT for mental health professionals using ACT.

This course is perfect for those who need a refresher on the main principles of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) or want to start from the ground up.

Unit 1: The Ubiquity of Human Suffering and the Limits of Control
Unit 2: Psychological Flexibility
Unit 3: Contact with the Present Moment and Acceptance
Unit 4: Defusion and Values
Unit 5: Self as Context and Committed Action
Unit 6: The Therapeutic Relationship
Unit 7: Assessing Psychological Flexibility
Unit 8: ACT in Action: Bringing It All Together
Unit 9: ACT as a Brief Intervention