ACT for couples an approach informed by attachment theory

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Jun 21 2019 - 8:30am - Jun 22 2019 - 5:00pm
World Region: 
North America
Benjamin Schoendorff, Kathryn Palmer

Are you trained in ACT and are interested in further developing your couples practice?

Would you like to discover how attachment-informed strategies can supercharge your ACT work with couples?

Are you an EFT therapist and are looking to broaden your interventions with mindfulness and acceptance strategies?

This workshop may be for you!

We are ACT clinicians who love working with couples. Over the years, we have found that using an approach informed by attachment theory when working with couples has made our ACT work with couples more effective. EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy) for couples is a well-validated attachment-based approach that focuses on attachment needs and connection and has been influential in our work.

This is a couples workshop for mental health professionals that will teach you how to integrate ACT and the matrix with attachment-informed strategies in a way that can help your couples understand their distress through the lens of psychological flexibility and recognize their negative cycles and stuck loops as their enemy. Using a combination of mindfulness and acceptance-based strategies along with focusing our work around deeper emotional vulnerabilities and attachment needs, we have developed an ACT approach that helps couples connect with their relationship values, reconnect with each other even in the presence of discomfort, and become quickly able to act like the partners they want to be, no matter what. This workshop will be based on therapy processes rather than a rigid protocol. You will also walk away with practical tools, specially designed worksheets, and richly illustrated clinical vignettes that can enrich your practice.

We will explore how training psychological flexibility from the perspective of attachment can empower and bring to life your work with couples.

By the end of this workshop, you will learn:

An overview of the ACT model of psychological flexibility
An understanding of the similarities and differences between an ACT approach for couples and other attachment-based models for couples therapy (e.g. EFT)
ACT case conceptualization for couples (framework for integrating a model of psychological flexibility with attachment theory)
Our 3 Strategy approach to ACT couples work: 1- Uncovering Stuck Loops; 2-Rising above conflict to reconnect; 3- Becoming the partner you want to be
Strategies for problem-solving “stuck situations” with couples using process-based interventions

You will also walk away with practical tools, specially designed worksheets, and richly illustrated clinical vignettes that can enrich your practice.


Register three weeks before the event to get the early bird discount.

Early-Bird (plus tax): $400

Early-bird student (with proof of status): $200 (plus tax)

Regular (plus tax): $425

Student (with proof of status): $250

Cancelation policy:

If we cancel the workshop, you will receive 100% of your money back

If you cancel more than (2) weeks before the workshop, we’ll retain an administrative fee of $50.00.

If you cancel less than 14 days before the workshop, you’ll receive a 50% refund.

No refund with less than five (5) days before the workshop.