Acceptance & Commitment Therapy - An Experiential and Practical Introduction

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Nov 8 2019 - 8:30am - Nov 9 2019 - 4:30pm
World Region: 
North America
United States
Jason Luoma PhD, Jenna LeJeune PhD

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy - An Experiential and Practical Introduction

November 8 and 9, 2019

This two-day workshop provides a thorough overview of the theory, principles, and techniques of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. It is intended for those who are relatively new to ACT and for those who have done some reading on their own about ACT but who may not have had the opportunity to participate in more experiential learning, practice case conceptualization, and receive feedback while practicing using the ACT model.

In keeping with the ACT tradition of being an experiential model of therapy, the workshop will begin with an experiential focus, where you apply the ACT model and processes to your own life. A fundamental principle in ACT is that humans who are in the role of “therapists” get caught in the same traps that humans who are in the role of “clients” get caught in. As such, as ACT therapists are typically taught from the inside-out (i.e. through experiencing ACT in relation to their own psychology) as well as the outside-in (i.e. through learning the theory and principles). In the experiential portion of the workshop, you will be in the role of the “client” and you will have the opportunity to apply the ACT processes as relevant to your own struggles and values. This portion of the workshop will be run much like ACT group therapy, but will be for the purpose of professional training and thus will not be therapy.

The workshop will then progress to working in the role of “therapist.” Learning from this role will focus on case conceptualization, watching experienced ACT therapists model therapy interventions, and practicing ACT strategies with others in the workshop while receiving feedback from the training leaders.

While this workshop is intended for those who are relatively new to ACT, attendees are expected to have already read some basic material about ACT before attending this workshop. This workshop will not have a heavy focus on presenting didactic material which can be easily obtained through reading any one of a variety of ACT books. Participants will get the most from the workshop if they have read at least one basic ACT text, such as:

Instead of presenting didactic material that is already easily available in these and other books, this workshop will focus on learning through experience, whether that is with one's own struggles or in the therapist role.



This workshop is intended for mental health professionals (psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, etc.) at all levels of expertise and working with any population in any treatment setting.

*** Please note that this workshop is only open to mental health professionals and students enrolled in a graduate-level mental health program. This is an experiential workshop in which attendees will be asked to practice various therapeutic interventions. Thus, some previous training as a mental health professional is necessary for effective participation. In addition, as we do provide clinical case examples as part of the learning material, we need to make sure that all attendees have a similar understanding of and obligation to uphold HIPAA and other related laws around patient confidentiality. Therefore, unfortunately, we cannot open this workshop up to members of the public or professionals in non-mental health professions. If you have any questions or concerns about this, please contact us to discuss it.



This workshop is intended for any therapist or student in a mental health field who is relatively new to the ACT model. Participants should have a beginning familiarity with ACT and have, at a minimum at least have read a chapter before attending the workshop.



Registration is online. The workshop will serve refreshments and coffee at the start of the workshop.

We try to keep the tuition low so everyone who wants to can attend. Let us know if being able to pay the fee serves as a barrier to your attendance.


SCHEDULE (for both days)

8:00am - Registration begins
8:30am - Workshop begins
10:00am - 15 minute break
12:00pm - 90 minute break for lunch
1:30pm - Workshop resumes
3:00pm - 15 minute break
4:30pm - Workshop ends



12 CE credits (with the purchase of Professionals with CE Certificate ticket, completion of the Learning Activity Evaluation, and attendance of the entire workshop)



  1. Demonstrate increased skill in conceptualizing cases using the ACT model.
  2. Use at least two new defusion and acceptance techniques.
  3. Use new techniques for helping clients articulate their values and identify workable actions.
  4. Demonstrate how the different ACT techniques relate to each other and to the basic principles of ACT.
  5. Apply creative hopelessness interventions with increased skill.
  6. Better assess therapeutically-relevant client behaviors such as avoidance, cognitive fusion, and values-oriented behavior/vitality.
  7. Use ACT processes with increased skill.
  8. Utilize the different ACT processes more nimbly and with more flexibility within a given session.



Jason Luoma, Ph.D. is CEO of Portland Psychotherapy in Portland, OR. His research focuses on the application of ACT as an intervention shame and increasing self-compassion, and the dissemination and training of evidence-based therapies. He has provided training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy at national and international venues. He has directed two large international ACT training conferences and trained with Steven Hayes in Reno for 4 years. He is past chair of the ACBS training committee and a past President of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science. He publishes regularly in peer reviewed journals on ACT, training, shame, and stigma and co- authored two books Learning Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Values in Therapy: A Clinician’s Guide to Helping Clients Explore Values, Increase Psychological Flexibility, and Live a More Meaningful Life.

Jenna LeJeune, Ph.D. is the President at Portland Psychotherapy in Portland, Oregon. In her clinical practice, Jenna specializes in using ACT to work with adults struggling with various relationship difficulties, including problems with intimacy, sexuality, trauma-related relationship challenges, and also struggles a person may have in their relationship with their own body. Much of her clinical work focuses on ways in which compassion and perspective taking can be used to address issues related to shame, stigma, and self-criticism. She is a peer-reviewed ACT trainer and provides training in ACT to professionals around the world. Jenna is also the co-author of the forthcoming book, Values in Therapy: A Clinician’s Guide to Helping Clients Explore Values, Increase Psychological Flexibility, and Live a More Meaningful Life and co-hosts the podcast Beyond Well.



Hilton Garden Inn Portland Airport

Garden Ballroom

12048 NE Airport Way

Portland, OR 97220



SPONSORED BY: Portland Psychotherapy

Portland Psychotherapy is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Portland Psychotherapy maintains responsibility for all programs and content. 


Refund/cancellation policy:

We charge a $15 administration fee for cancellations made more than one week before the training event. For cancellations within one week of the training event, we will refund 50% of the tuition. Alternately, participants may elect to apply 100% of their tuition to a future training event. No refunds will be given after training events.


Special Accommodations:

Please contact us if you need accommodations to enable you to fully participate in the workshop. We will work with you and do our best to find a way to ensure your participation.