About the Event
Cognitive Behavior Institute is excited to welcome Joanna (Jodi) Burg Torzewski, PhD, for a live interactive webinar on: Introduction to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Time: 3:00pm-5:00pm EST
Credit Hours: 2 Clinical CEs
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a mindfulness based behavior therapy co-founded in 1999. ACT has demonstrated efficacy for treatment of depression, anxiety, substance abuse, pain and transdiagnostic populations (Gloster et al, 2020; Morgan et al, 2021) and is considered an empirically supported treatment by several institutions including the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Veterans Administration (VA). Over 800 randomized control trials have been published about ACT (Hayes, 2021), and it is gaining in popularity with clinicians world-wide.
This program will provide clinicians and students with an introduction to ACT including an overview of the theoretical foundations and six areas of psychological flexibility (Acceptance, Defusion, Mindfulness, Self as Context, Values, and Committed Action). The program will include lecture as well as experiential exercises to demonstrate the core principles. Attendees will leave with a broad understanding of ACT and resources to begin implementing ACT in their own practices.
3:00pm-3:10pm Introduction & Course Overview (Conflicts of interest, learning objectives, limitations)
|3:10pm-3:40pm Introduction to the foundations of ACT including founders, experiential avoidance, functional contextualism, and Relational Frame Theory (RFT).|
|3:40pm-4:15pm Overview of the model of Psychological Flexibility/Inflexibility: Acceptance, Defusion, Self as Context,and Mindfulness, Demonstrations will be included.|
|4:15pm-4:45pm Overview of Psychological Flexibility continued: Values and Committed Action. Demonstrations will be included.|
|4:45pm-5:00pm Question and Answer Session|
Participants will be introduced to the foundations of ACT as a third wave behavioral therapy and will be able to recognize the core concepts of Functional Contextualism (FC) and Relational Frame Theory (RFT), and experiential avoidance.
Participants will be introduced to the ACT model of psychological flexibility/inflexibility and will be able to name and define the six core processes: Acceptance, Defusion, Mindfulness, Self as Context, Values, and Committed Action.
Joanna (Jodi) Burg Torzewski, PhD: I am a licensed Clinical Psychologist with over 25 years of experience. In my private practice in Chicago, I provide individual, evidence-based, psychotherapy for adults.
For 22 years I have served as Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences at the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University. In this capacity, I have taught a variety of courses in the clinical psychology doctoral program including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). In 2021, I was honored with award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Academic Instruction’ by my students for my (online) ACT class.
I have studied evidence-based therapies since my graduate training. In 2015 I began learning ACT and sought out multiple trainings, including with the founders of ACT, and consultation with leaders in the field. I primarily practice ACT in my private practice serving adults in individual therapy.
Recently, I co-developed an ACT treatment manual with Dr. Patricia Moreno for an on-line, group-based application of ACT for women with metastatic breast cancer, and served as the interventionist for her pilot study. I am a member of ACBS (Association of Contextual and Behavioral Sciences) and served on the board of ACBS Chicago Chapter. I founded the Chicago Loop ACT Consultation group and continually look for ways to bring ACT to the clinical community.
I am passionate about ACT as a treatment modality, and have greatly valued its impact on my life personally and professionally. I aim to deliver ACT trainings that are clear, experiential, clinically relevant, and engaging.
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Gloster, A.T., Walder, N., Levin, M. E., Twohig, M. P., Karekla, M. (2020). The empirical status of acceptance and commitment therapy: A review of meta-analyses. Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science18, 181–192.
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Hayes, S.C. (September, 2021). ACT Randomized Controlled Trials (1986 to present). Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS). www.contextualscience.org
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