The Compassionate Use of Exposure Strategies in ACT - Forsyth - (Clinical, Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)

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The Compassionate Use of Exposure Strategies in ACT

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Workshop Leaders: John P. Forsyth, Ph.D.; University at Albany, SUNY  

Dates & Location
Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center 
9:00-5:15pm on Saturday July 21, 2012
9:00-5:00pm on Sunday July 22, 2012

Continuing Education Credits Available: 13

Workshop Description:
Understanding the application and integration of exposure-based strategies within an ACT approach is essential for effective ACT work.

ACT teaches clients how to be with their hurts and do what works—to live well, richly, and meaningfully, without first having to defeat or eliminate sources of emotional and psychological pain. This is often challenging for both therapists and clients alike, and without a solid grounding in the compassionate use of exposure, these efforts can easily fail or backfire.

This 2-day workshop, offered by one of the world’s leading experts in the field of ACT and Anxiety disorders, is for health professionals who are already familiar with the basics of ACT and wish to further enhance their knowledge, skill, and clinical sensibilities using exposure-based strategies within the ACT model. The main focus will be on anxiety and fear, but additional attention will be devoted to other sources of pain (e.g., anger).

The workshop will cover traditional cognitive-behavioral (CBT) interoceptive and exteroceptive exposure strategies, and then show how they are modified, framed and applied within ACT. Thus, this workshop will go more deeply into the nuanced application of exposure-based interventions within ACT, and its use in helping those suffering from anxiety, depression, and other related clinical concerns.

This workshop will use a combination of didactic and experiential activities. The exercises will highlight a gentle and compassionate stance when using exposure strategies in the context of mindfulness, acceptance, and values work. 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. Worksheets and other practical tools will be provided.

About John P. Forsyth
John P. Forsyth, Ph.D. is Professor of Psychology at the University at Albany, SUNY, and Faculty Director of the Anxiety Disorders Research Program (ADRP) in Albany, NY. He has received several national and international awards for his scholarly work in the areas of behavior analysis and therapy, anxiety disorders, and experimental psychopathology. In 2000 he received the B. F. Skinner New Researcher Award from Division 25 of the American Psychological Association for innovative and important behavioral research by a new investigator. He has authored and co-authored over 70 articles, four books, several book chapters, routinely leads professional workshops on ACT, and has presented numerous papers at professional meetings. Dr. Forsyth's research, some of which has been funded by NIMH and more recently by the Department of Defense, focuses on restoring lives that are not working by getting at the root of human suffering. 

Learning Objectives:
1. Conceptualize and apply exposure-based strategies in a traditional sense (CBT), and then in the context of ACT;
2. Frame exposure exercises within ACT
3. Address and overcome client resistance
4. Help clients move from a stance of unwillingness to one of willingness
5. Infuse acceptance, mindfulness, and defusion strategies with loving-kindness and self-compassion
6. Create a healthy space for exposure work while moving clients in the direction of their chosen values and life goals.

Target Audience: Clinical; Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Components: Conceptual analysis; Experiential exercises; Didactic presentation; Role play

Package Includes: A general certificate of attendance, 1 boxed lunch (July 21), and AM & PM coffee/tea break on site. Lunch break on first day is 1 hour; lunch break on second day is 1 hour and 15 minutes.