Treating Trauma with ACT

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Repeats every week until Fri Aug 16 2019 .
Jul 12 2019 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Jul 19 2019 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Jul 26 2019 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Aug 2 2019 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Aug 9 2019 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Aug 16 2019 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
World Region: 
North America
New York
Robyn Walser, PhD

Fridays, starting July 12

Trauma is experienced by nearly half the population and is a key factor for psychological difficulties in many who present to psychotherapy. The aftermath of war, interpersonal violence, natural disasters, childhood trauma, and other experiences can have long-term psychological effects. The painful emotional experiences found in the fallout of trauma often leads to symptoms of PTSD, depression, anxiety, and other issues related to life functioning, including a variety of behavioral problems ranging from substance abuse to relationship dysfunction.

Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is a principle-based behavioral intervention that addresses human suffering from a mindful and compassionate perspective. While ACT has been applied to a wide variety of problems, it’s well suited for treating trauma.

Many clients who experience trauma attempt to recover by trying to regain control over distressing responses to intrusive thoughts and ongoing feelings of fear and sadness. While some attempt to control these experiences can be useful, many attempts to avoid emotions and thoughts often result in a furthering of the suffering. As an antidote to avoidance, ACT seeks to reduce rigid attempts to control negative emotions by fostering acceptance through mindfulness and defusion techniques (i.e., noticing and recognizing thoughts as they occur). ACT revitalizes client lives by defining personal values and committing to taking actions guided by those values. The ultimate goal in ACT is to support clients in recovery through increasing psychological and behavioral flexibility in the service of a more workable life.

In this online course, you will discover the intricacies of applying ACT to trauma as well as learn how to use ACT to complement other trauma treatments.

In this course, you will:

  • Add ACT principles such as mindfulness and acceptance to your trauma treatment repertoire
  • Discover the power of leveraging the therapeutic stance and the therapeutic relationship in the context of trauma
  • Review the current state of the research on use of ACT in treating trauma
  • Learn ways to navigate client challenges that are specific to trauma

Sign up for this online course to revolutionize your understanding of trauma by looking at it through an ACT lens.

Earn 12 CE Credit Hours