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Webinar - An Introduction to acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)

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Webinar - An Introduction to acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)

An Introduction to acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT): Enhancing your practice with acceptance, self-compassion, and values-based action

Presented by SickKids CCMH Learning Institute

Live webinar: November 9 and 16, 2021 | Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST

Facilitator: Matthew Boone, LCSW

Participants of this webinar will receive a copy of Matthew Boone's book "Stop Avoiding Stuff: 25 Microskills to Face Your Fears and Do It Anyway" delivered to their work/home!*

Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is a transdiagnostic cognitive behavioural therapy grounded in mindfulness, self-compassion, and values-based action. Clients learn to encounter thoughts and feelings in a mindful way, neither dwelling on them nor pushing them away. At the same time, they are encouraged to act on their most deeply held values. In over 600 randomized controlled trials and nearly 200 meta-analyses, ACT has been shown to be efficacious for a wide variety of problems, including depression, anxiety, OCD, psychosis, substance abuse, chronic pain, dealing with cancer, stress, and stigma. Rather than going after reducing symptoms, ACT increases psychological flexibility – the capacity to turn to the present moment as a conscious human being and take action according to personally-chosen values. Psychological flexibility is comprised of six interrelated psychological and behavioural processes: acceptance, defusion, contact with the present moment, self-as-context, values, and committed action.

In this two-day webinar, mental-health practitioners will be introduced to psychological flexibility intellectually and experientially. You will learn what it is like, in practice, to open up to thoughts and feelings without getting entangled in them, identify what truly matters to you, and take meaningful action.

Training modalities will include brief lecture, clinical vignettes, clinical demonstrations, mindfulness exercises, experiential exercises, large group discussions, small group discussions, and small-group skills practice. This will not be a slog of slides as you sit for hours with glazed eyes looking at the screen. You will have a lot of practice watching ACT demonstrations, practicing ACT with yourself, and in practicing ACT skills with others.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define psychological flexibility and identify its six components: acceptance, defusion, present moment, self-as-context, values, and committed action
  • Identify three strategies for facilitating acceptance and willingness with clients
  • Identify three strategies for facilitating defusion with clients
  • Help clients contact the moment-to-moment experience of thoughts, feelings, and sensations without becoming absorbed in them or trying to push them away
  • Contact a sense of self that is more stable than transient thoughts and feelings and transcends personal narratives about who they are and what they are capable of
  • Facilitate conversations with clients about personal values and values-based behavior activation

Continuing Education hours (CE): 12

SickKids CCMH Learning Institute has approval from the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) for participants of our programming to apply the number of CE hours earned in the program towards their continuing education hours. Full-day programs equal six CE hours; half-day programs equal three CE hours; for less than half-day programs, one hour of programming equals one CE hour.

Other licensing boards and professional organizations will grant continuing education credits for attendance at their own discretion; participants will need to submit the course outline and certificate for their consideration.

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