The Therapeutic Relationship in ACT - Portland, ME

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Aug 18 2017 - 7:30am - Aug 19 2017 - 4:00pm
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North America
United States
Kelly Wilson, PhD

An Experiential Workshop About Showing Up for the Clinical Conversation

In 2008, Kelly Wilson’s Mindfulness for Two quietly appeared as part of the growing acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) literature. In contrast to the 1999 Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and its evolved 2011 edition—surveys of the theory and practice of ACT —Mindfulness for Two is a personal reflection on the two-way experience of an ACT session. What can happen when you slow down, let go of your usual patterns of managing hard content, and shift your attention from fixing and consoling to listening and appreciating? Your client is truly heard and, sometimes, can hear themselves for the first time. Join Kelly in these smaller, intimate settings, to explore what richness shows up unexpectedly in the margins of a mindful session.


Registration for these workshops will include copies of Mindfulness for Two and its companion volume Things Might Go Terribly, Horribly Wrong*. Reading Mindfulness for Two is a prerequisite for this workshop. The text is appropriate for all levels of practitioner, regardless of your familiarity with ACT. Students are most welcome. Your own personal experiences and perspectives will be primary subjects of discussion in the workshop.

* Your two books will be shipped to you shortly after you register so you can start reading right away. Because of this, we’re modifying our usual cancellation policy for these workshops: You are still free to cancel and get refunds according to our usual terms, but if your books have been shipped, they are not returnable, and we will withhold $35.00 from your refund—50% of the cover price of both books.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain why careful consideration of the ubiquity of human suffering is an important preliminary step to delivering psychotherapy
  • Describe how you experience the human impulse to problem solve as a therapist and how your clients are likely to experience it in their lives
  • Explain the importance of basic behavior analysis in the context of clinical psychology
  • Describe the distinction between behavior and context
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of stimulus control as it applies to clinical practice, especially common patterns of stimulus control you’re likely to observe in sessions
  • For each of the six basic ACT processes, briefly describe a.) the basic shape of the process, b.) process in behavioral terms, and c.) the importance of the process as it reflects itself in your life and work as a clinician
  • Demonstrate ways to introduce mindful presence in a session: pace, pitch, tone
  • Describe common patterns of avoidance you’re likely to observe in clients
  • Describe common patterns of avoidance you’re likely to experience as a clinician
  • Explain how you can detect a “mind-y” conversation in a session
  • Describe way to balance acceptance and change in the context of a session
  • Explain psychological flexibility and why it is the explicit goal of ACT
  • Demonstrate experiential case conceptualization as it grows out of the material presented in this workshop

Friday, August 18, 2017 - Saturday, August 19, 2017
7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Central Time

Embassy Suites Portland
1050 Westbrook St.
Portland, Maine 04102

13 CE Credit Hours Available

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