Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a mindfulness-based behavioral therapy that was developed in 1999 and has been studied for a wide range of treatment applications: depression, anxiety, chronic pain, substance abuse, shame, and transdiagnostic populations (Gloster et al, 2020; Morgan et al, 2021). Over the past 20 years, researchers have examined the effect of ACT on symptoms of PTSD as a standalone or conjoint treatment combined with other exposure-based approaches (Meyer et al., 2018; Orsillo & Batten, 2005; Thompson et al., 2013; Walser & Westrup, 2007; Wharton et al., 2019).
This workshop will present the ACT model and its application for PTSD through intrapsychic, interpersonal, and neuropsychological processes, such as thought suppression, experiential avoidance, “window of tolerance” (Aikins et al., 2009). Participants will learn the six core processes of ACT: acceptance, defusion, mindfulness, self as context, values, and committed action. Neuroscience research on the internal processes that maintain PTSD and the effect of ACT practices on these patterns will be discussed. Participants will learn how each core process of ACT and ACT-based exposure can help individuals reconnect with the natural trauma recovery process. Participants will practice experiential exercises and will learn how to help individuals struggling with PTSD recover and improve their quality of life.
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Attendance and Location Details
Date and Time
Friday, March 8, 2024 10:00am to 5:30pm CST / 11:00am to 6:30pm EST / 8:00am to 3:30pm PST
*Live Webinar Attendees: Zoom link will be made available to you 24-48 hours prior to event date.
This training will provide participants clinical knowledge and tools to:
a). Describe the core tenets, principles, and underlying theory of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
b). Explain how the ACT model fits the presentation of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
c). Learn and describe the six core processes of ACT and their application to PTSD.
d). Describe underlying processes of thought suppression, experiential avoidance, and “window of tolerance.”
e). Explain how ACT-based exposure helps clients approach trauma-related content and values-based activities.
f). Describe how ACT can enhance other exposure modalities in the treatment of PTSD.
The target audience for this event includes psychologists, social workers, counselors, MFT’s, psychiatrists and other clinical mental health professionals.
Instructional Level: Intermediate
Instructor(s): Emily Wharton, PsyD
Material Author(s): Emily Wharton, PsyD
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