Disarming Anxious Suffering Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: A 2-Day Professional Workshop - John Forsyth (CLOSED)

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forsyth_CBT_0.jpgDisarming Anxious Suffering Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: A 2-Day Professional Workshop

**This workshop has closed.**

Workshop Leader: John Forsyth, Ph.D., University at Albany, SUNY

Dates & Location: June 19 & 20, 2010, 9:00am - 5:00pm at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Continuing Education Credits Available: 14 

Workshop Description:
ACT is a newer third-generation evidence-based behavior therapy that balances mindfulness and acceptance processes with commitment and behavior change processes to (a) undermine unhelpful thoughts and emotional avoidance, while (b) promoting greater experiential and psychological flexibility in the service of valued ends. In short, ACT teaches clients how to be with their hurts and do what works – to live well, richly, and meaningfully, without first having to defeat sources of emotional and psychological pain.

ACT is a broadly applicable process-guided approach to human suffering and its alleviation, not simply a set of intervention technologies for specific psychological disorders. Thus, this two-day workshop will introduce ACT, both as a model and intervention technology, and illustrate its practical application with an eye on processes that feed and maintain anxious suffering.

Our two days together will be filled with didactic teachings, live and video demonstrations, and practical experiential exercises that will be done individually, in dyads, and small groups. The exercises will highlight the integration of mindfulness and acceptance strategies (along with kindness and compassion exercises) to disarm forms of anxious suffering and also focus on strategies to promote greater clarity of values and action in the service of living well. Participants will be encouraged (but never forced or coerced) to engage the material at a personal level, as it applies to their own lives, and then also in the context of their clinical work. All I ask is that participants are willing to get inside the ACT model and approach, if only for just 2-days. Clinical worksheets and other practical tools will be provided.

Workshop Overview & Program: This 2-day introductory workshop will explore the use of ACT with clients suffering from anxiety and related disorders. A general familiarity with ACT will be helpful, but is not required. The only requirement is that participants come with an openness to learn.

Day 1 – June 19, 2010 (approximate schedule)
9am – 12pm: Session One

When and how psychological and emotional pain turns into human suffering

  • ACT#1: The ACT model of human suffering and its successful alleviation: Overview, processes, and outcomes

12pm – 1pm: Lunch

Dr. Forsyth will provide a luncheon presentation of his research, and that of others, using ACT for anxiety-related disorders.

1pm – 2:30pm: Session Two

  • ACT #2: Creative hopelessness: Making room for new possibilities

    Strategies to weaken the struggle and control agenda as a way out of anxiety and fear.

2:45pm – 4:30pm: Session Three

  • ACT #3: Values clarification: A context for the work & what are we working toward

    Identifying values and barriers that get in the way of vital action.

Day 2 – June 20, 2010
9am – 12pm: Session Four

  • ACT #4: Disarming an unhelpful mind: Acceptance, mindfulness & defusion.

    Cultivating space, self-kindness & compassion, and a new relationship with anxiety

12pm – 1pm: Lunch
1pm – 4:30pm: Session Five

  • ACT #5: Framing exposure-based strategies: Nurturing willingness and valued action

    Getting with anxious discomfort in the service of a more vital life.

Learning Objectives:
Over the 2-days, several core ACT themes will be cultivated and participants will have an opportunity to learn how to:

1. Develop an understanding of the ACT model of human suffering and its alleviation, with emphasis on the conceptualization of anxiety and related clinical concerns within an ACT framework;
2. identify and weaken excessive struggle and avoidance (i.e., experiential avoidance) while promoting more defused and mindful actions in the service of valued living;
3. integrate experiential exercises, metaphors, and mindfulness (defusion) techniques seamlessly into their clinical work;
4. develop and apply new metaphors and mindfulness exercises to foster compassion, kindness, and greater experiential and psychological flexibility;
5. help clients balance acceptance and change while moving in the direction of their chosen values and life goals;
use exposure-like exercises in an ACT consistent fashion; and
6. to apply ACT flexibly and appropriately while also gaining insight into the ACT therapeutic stance and how not to do ACT.

Target Audience: Introductory through Intermediate.

Registration Rates:
Note: Onsite registration is not available for the pre-conference workshops

  • Students: $170
  • Professionals: $305

Above prices include 2 lunches, coffee/tea on site, as well as transportation to/from the conference hotel.