About the Event
Cognitive Behavior Institute is excited to welcome Joanna (Jodi) Burg Torzewski, PhD, for a live interactive webinar on: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT): Theory and Practice
05/18/2023 10:00am-5:00pm EST
05/19/2023 10:00am-5:00pm EST
05/22/2023 10:00am-5:00pm EST
05/23/2023 10:00am-5:00pm EST
Credit Hours: 22 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). ACT 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 is designed for therapists and students who are interested in a comprehensive understanding of ACT and are considering implementing ACT into their own practice. Lectures will cover the history of ACT, empirical support, functional contextualism (the underlying philosophy), relational frame theory (RFT, the underlying theory of language), psychological inflexibility and human suffering, case conceptualization, the therapeutic relationship, the six core processes of ACT (acceptance, defusion, mindfulness, self as context, values, and committed action), and special topics for bringing ACT into your practice.
In addition to lectures, participants will watch live demonstrations of ACT processes and therapy (conducted with participant volunteers), engage in voluntary experiential exercises, and join breakout rooms for role-plays and discussion. The program is designed to make ACT concepts and processes engaging, understandable, and relatable so that participants can begin to incorporate them into their practice.
DAY 1 10am-5pm ET
Introduction & Course Overview (Conflicts of interest, learning objectives, limitations)
Introduction to ACT: Lecture
The Nature of Human Suffering
Review of Empirical Evidence
Relevance to Diversity
Breakout Rooms: Setting Intentions for the Course
Foundations of ACT: Lecture and Demonstrations
Functional Contextualism (the underlying philosophy of ACT)
Language and Suffering: Relational Frame Theory (RFT, the underlying theory of language)
Psychological Flexibility as Unifying Model: Lecture and Experiential Exercises
Introduction to the Hexaflex (the ACT model of psychological flexibility and inflexibility)
Breakout Rooms: Instructor Lead Exercise
DAY 2 10am-5pm ET
Introduction to ACT in Practice
Case Formulation and Creating the Therapeutic Agreement: Lecture and Experiential Exercises
Breakout Room: Practice Case Formulation
The Therapeutic Relationship in ACT: Lecture
The Role of Avoidance (Creating a Context for Change in Therapy): Lecture
Therapy Demonstration (with participant volunteer): Creative Hopelessness
Breakout Room: Role-Play Creative Hopelessness
DAY 3 10am-5pm ET
Acceptance: Lecture, Demonstration, and Experiential Exercises
Breakout Rooms: Role-Play Acceptance
Defusion: Lecture, Demonstration, and Experiential Exercises
Breakout Rooms: Role-Play Defusion
Present Moment Awareness: Lecture, Demonstration, and Experiential Exercises
Breakout Room: Role-Play Present Moment Awareness
Therapy Demonstration (with Participant Volunteer): Navigating Between Processes
Breakout Room: Role-Play Navigating Between Processes
DAY 4 10am-5pm ET
Values: Lecture, Demonstration, and Experiential Exercises
Breakout Rooms: Role-Play Values
Committed Action: Lecture, Demonstration, and Experiential Exercises
Breakout Rooms: Role-Play Committed Action
Applications (career counselling, coaching, BA, organizational)
Incorporating ACT into your practice
Breakout Room: Creating a Plan for ACT into Your Practice
Future of ACT, Contextual Behavioral Science (CBS), and Processed Based Therapy (PBT)
Conclusion and Q&A
Day 1 Learning Objectives
- Participants will describe the history of ACT as a Third Wave Behavioral treatment.
- Participants will identify their goals for learning ACT.
- Participants will summarize the language-based processes (RFT) that create suffering.
- Participants will summarize Functional Contextualism, the underlying philosophy of ACT.
- Participants will recognize and describe the six processes that underlie psychological flexibility/inflexibility.
- Participants will explain how ACT can address multiple clinical issues and presenting problems.
- Participants will describe the experiential aspect of ACT practice and its rationale.
- Participants will describe and demonstrate how to use the six core processes in case formulation.
- Participants will express the ability to formulate an ACT-consistent therapeutic agreement.
- Participants will define the characteristics of the therapeutic relationship from an ACT perspective, including interpersonal and intrapersonal processes.
- Participants will describe how psychological flexibility processes apply to the therapeutic relationship.
- Participants will explain how to use creative hopelessness to motivate change in the control agenda.
- Participants will describe and demonstrate acceptance processes and relevant experiential exercises.
- Participants will describe and demonstrate defusion processes and relevant experiential exercises.
- Participants will describe and demonstrate present moment awareness processes and relevant experiential exercises.
- Participants will identify at least one way of reading experiential avoidance, fusion, and lack of connection to the present moment as clinically presented.
- Participants will describe and demonstrate the ability to shift the focus between two flexibility processes.
- Participants will describe and demonstrate self-as-context processes and relevant experiential exercises.
- Participants will describe and demonstrate values processes and relevant experiential exercises.
- Participants will describe and demonstrate committed action processes and relevant experiential exercises.
- Participants will identify at least one way of reading lack values clarity and behavioral inaction as clinically presented.
- Participants will describe and demonstrate the ability to shift the focus between two flexibility processes.
- Participants will determine a plan for incorporating ACT into their practice and identify areas for further training.
- Participants will summarize the future directions of ACT and Contextual Behavioral Sciences (CBS).
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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